Non-Academic Professional Opportunities for Humanities Ph.D. Students

Georgetown Humanities organized two events for humanities graduate students focusing on professional options beyond academia.

A panel on February 1st, 2023, explored alternative careers in professional associations and federal agencies in education.  Victoria Sams (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA. Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities) and Mai Hunt Cesaro (Ph.D. in Spanish, Brown University. Program Associate, Academic Program Services and Professional Development, Modern Language Association of America) shared their experiences and engaged in a stimulating conversation with graduate students from various humanities departments.

Grad Students sitting around a hollow-square conference table

On March 1, 2023, four cultural critics, all with Ph.D. in the humanities and currently writing about books, movies, and TV for a variety of publications, talked about their experiences exporting their skills from academia to editorial spaces in the non-profit and private sectors. 

The panel was moderated by Dr. Annie Berke (Film Section Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and author of Their Own Best Creations. Women Writers in Postwar Television) and featured Olivia Rutigliano (Associate Editor at CrimeReads), Ari Brostoff (Writer and Editor at Jewish Currents), and Kathryn VanArendonk (Staff Writer about TV and comedy at Vulture).

A video recording is available here.

Graduate Students