Quick Guide to Humanities Resources

A quick Guide to resources most helpful in particular to humanities doctoral students and graduates:

ImaginePhD - use this tool to discover the many career possibilities, take self-assessments to hone in on your super-strengths and discover where you can apply your talents

O*NET - a search tool to discover jobs based on your knowledge, skills, abilities and values, according to the job family of most interest to you

Beyond the Professoriate - chock full of tips and tricks to translate your dissertation skills into the language of your future employer

Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences - a great overview of many roles where you can put your skills to work, compiled by Columbia University's Center for Career Education

Five truths about leaving academia with a PhD by Roostervane

Philosophers in Industry - an informal directory with the purpose of helping academic philosophers network outside of academia.


Philosophers without borders

Resource for Career Planning from the Modern Language Association. 

Cornell Center for Social Sciences - Workshops on a variety of data related tools and topics.

Cornell Library Immersion Program and Resources for Humanities and Social Science Graduate Students

Humanities Societies

Databases & Directories of Think Tanks & N.G.O.s

See the Directory of Associations to find local, regional, national, and international associations compiled by state and categories. Use keywords from your research with "association" or "society" to find more.

  • CIAO Database- - Full text of conference proceedings, think tank articles, some journals, and working papers on international affairs
  • Columbia University Lehman Social Sciences Library
  • OxResearch - multidiciplinary articles on political developments worldwide
  • "Pishu 皮书": China Economy, Public Policy, and Security Database
  • PolicyArchive Database - an innovative, new digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research
  • U.S. Department of State - lists policy issues
  • World Press Review Library of International Affairs - an index of international think tanks and non-governmental research organizations with hyperlinks

Mentors with Humanities Backgrounds

Inform yourself by reading about and reaching out to humanities grads who have made their way to successful careers outside of academia.

Eric Acree; Cornell University Library, Director, John Henrik Clarke Africana Library; Coordinator of Fine Arts and Music Libraries

Derek Attig (they/them), a History PhD

Liz Murice Alexander

Kristen Angierski

Oumar Ba, editor at the online magazine Africa Is a Country

Malcom Bare

Michelle Boyd (Inkwell Academic Writing Retreats)

Leonard Cassuto

Christopher Caterine

Rebecca Colesworthy, PhD '09 English

Chris Cornthwaite 

Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Stephanie J. Hull, PhD, President & CEO, Girls, Inc.

Virginia Kennedy, PhD ’12 (English)

Stephen Kidd, PhD, Executive Director, National Humanities Alliance

Stephen Kim, PhD'20 (English), minor fields in FGSS and American Studies

Emily Levitt, PhD '18, Cultural Anthropology, UX Researcher, Google

Andrew Mahlstedt

Sabrina Papazian

Charles Petersen, senior editor at n+1 magazine

Ashley Ruba, UX Researcher, Meta Reality Labs (U of Washington PhD, Psychology, 2019)

Cameron Scott, PhD '02 (Comparative Literature)

Anna Shechtman, senior humanities editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)

Lynne Stahl, PhD '15 (English),  Humanities Librarian at West Virginia University

Emily Swafford from the American Historical Association

Mia Tootill, MA ’13, PhD’17 (Musicology)

Jennifer Urban, MA ’06, PhD ’08 (Human Development), Author of “Building a Career Outside Academia: A Guide for Doctoral Students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences”, and Professor of Family Science and Human Development, Montclair State University

Janine Utell from the Modern Language Association

Robert Weisbuch

Lina Žigelytė, Senior UX Researcher, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (U of Rochester PhD, Visual & Cultural Studies, 2017)


Roles for PhDs

Take advantage of Imagine PhD to explore roles you might not have considered.

UX (User Experience) Researcher -