If you’re seeking to write to broader audiences, op-eds can be an effective way to draw on your skills as a historian to discuss the present-day implications of your research, historicize contemporary issues, and spotlight the concerns of those in your community.
What AHA President James Sweet Got Wrong—And Right
A controversy over comments by the president of the American Historical Association reveals deeper truths about the challenges historians face.
How the Law Can Help You: Creating a Pre-law Program in Your History Department
With the increasing need to justify the importance or even existence of your history department, creating a pre-law program can be an excellent way to increase course enrollment, draw positive attention from senior leadership, and attract donors, all while better preparing students for legal careers. Here’s how to do it.
Small Acts of Storytelling: Why We Need More History
College students are taking fewer history classes than ever before. The consequences have implications not just for our collective knowledge about the past, but also for our ability to make sense of the present.
Becoming a Twitterstorian: Social Media, Scholarly Communication, and Professional Practice
Defining your scholarly purpose helps you think through why you want to use social media platforms like Twitter. But, as with everything else, you also need to ask the other elemental questions – who, what, where, when, and how. Twitter, like any other piece of technology, is a tool that can be used strategically. Thinking through these questions helps frame your engagement in an intentional way, ensuring that your actions reflect your purpose.