Organizations and Networking

The HGSO encourages graduate students to join organizations and networks to enhance their careers as professional scholars and teachers. We hope students at all levels will use these networks to contribute to the profession by presenting original research at conferences and ultimately publishing in their field:

Membership in these major professional organizations is essential for any student's CV. Most organizations provide discounted rates for students.


Discussion Forums

Many students also take advantage of H-Net, an online resource for scholars and historians which features diverse discussion forums, teaching resources, scholarly reviews, job guides, conference announcements, calls for papers, and information on funding and fellowship opportunities. Members can join discussion groups and receive email updates of discussion topics, recent publications, and research questions. H-Net discussion groups can enhance your research by facilitating discussion and dialogue with other scholars in your field. Major H-Net groups include:

H-Africa: African history.
H-Albion: Irish & British Studies
H-Atlantic: Atlantic World History 1500-1800.
H-Women: Women’s history, gender, feminist studies.
H-World: World history.
H-SHEAR: Early American Republic.
H-US1914-1945: Modern US.
H-Asia: Asian history & studies.
H-LatAm: Latin America.
H-Empire: Empire & colonialism.

H-Grad:Resources and discussion for graduate students.
H-Net Reviews: Humanities and social sciences scholarly reviews.
H-Teach: Forums and resources for college history teachers.
H-Survey: Forums and resources for history survey courses.



As graduate students it is important to keep apprised of developments in the field overall, and in your own area of interest. There are many blogs (both formal and informal) that can provide an introduction to the larger discussion. Some starting points are:

AHA Blog
Inside Higher Ed
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Modern Historian
Religion in History
Intellectual History
Teaching U.S. History

Tenured Radical
Historiann: History and Sexual Politics, 1492 to the Present
Mary Beard at the Times Literary Supplement


Preparing Future Faculty

The Preparing Future Faculty program is a series of workshops. These sessions assist students interested in academia with pedagogical development. Graduates of the PFF program receive a certificate of completion which can aid in your future job search.



What is HGSO?

The History Graduate Student Organization (HGSO) fosters this environment by bringing together scholars at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels to ensure that all students have access to the support and information they need to be successful.

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