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The History Professional Development Committee (HPDC) consists of Duke History Ph.D. students. We strive to enhance professional development opportunities for those humanities and social science graduate students seeking career opportunities beyond the standard tenure-track academic route. The applications of our rigorous training are too great—and the tenure-track job options too few—for history Ph.D. students to restrict themselves to only one career path.

HPDC organizes workshops and panels, facilitates data collection, and serves as liaison between students and the Duke Graduate School on issues of career development. It first came together in the summer of 2013 through the organizing efforts of then History Graduate Student Association president, Amanda Hughett.

If you are interested in learning more about our organization or if you would like to join our efforts, contact Will Goldsmith at william.goldsmith@duke.edu.


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