Thanks to funding from the British Association of American Studies (BAAS) and the US Embassy in London, we are able to move ahead with The Change Up!
This podcast is based around interviews with former PhD candidates in American Studies or affiliated disciplines who have either moved into an 'academic-adjacent' position, or who have moved out of the academy altogether.
We hope that this project will provide readers and listeners with some practical advice on how to develop their careers post-PhD - whether this is through careers outside of academia, or through roles within academia but not as part of the 'professoriate'.
As this series will showcase, doctoral degrees in American Studies (or in subjects related to American Studies) can provide a great basis for other careers. We want to be able to showcase some of the great things people are doing after completing their doctoral work - and, in the process, highlight some potential options for current PhD students or precarious ECR faculty.
At the same time, its important to acknowledge the systemic problems within academia that are seeing increasing numbers of researchers seek careers in other fields, or which are forcing talented early career Americanists out of the profession.