Career and publication strategies in Anglo-American academia - 12.12.2016

Workshop with Dr. Mark Somos (Yale)


Reliable data suggest that traditional academic career paths are becoming unsustainable. Most history graduates are looking at options limited to retraining, short-term adjunct or teaching fellow positions with little or no social and job security, or administrative and teaching loads inimical to a healthy work-life balance. 

These problems are increasingly recognised, and some solutions are emerging. They range from realistic self-help books to the haphazard unionisation of adjuncts at some US universities. Nonetheless, the average history graduate is in a worse position than twenty years ago.

This workshop will discuss the trends in UK and US academia that are most relevant to fresh graduates, with a view to offering practical support. Topics covered include the normally opaque priorities and processes involved in assessing applications for short- and long-term grants, fellowships, and jobs; finding alternative and complementary sources of income after graduation; methods for improving applications; and designing a career path in these new circumstances. Students are encouraged to discuss their particular situation and plans.


Dr. Mark Somos is Lecturer in Political Science at Yale and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Sussex Law School. He holds a BA in History and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge, an AM in Government and Social Policy and a PhD in Political Science from Harvard, an LLM in International Security and Law from Sussex, and a PhD in Law from Leiden. His research and teaching interests include secularisation, intersections of science and law, and constitutional history. Dr. Somos is visiting fellow at the Basel Graduate School of History in December 2016.

When & Where

Mo 12.12.2016 - 2.00 - 5.30 pm

Seminar Room 4 - Departement of History
Hirschgässlein 21, 4051 Basel


New: For PhD students aiming to achieving 1 credit point, via MOnA no later than 17th October.