Call for proposals - GSA in Public History for Fall 2018


The Pitt World History Center is offering a Graduate Student Assistantship in Public History for the Fall term of 2018.  We seek Pitt graduate students in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, at any stage of their program, who are eligible for university funding and interested in communicating to a non-academic audience about a topic in the transregional or global past.  Your proposed activity must have a significant world-historical component and result in a completed public-facing project. 

We take the term public history broadly.  We require only that your project’s target audience extend beyond undergraduate majors or scholars in your discipline and field.  For instance, you may propose a series of op-ed articles or podcasts, an exhibition of photographs, or a white paper for an NGO.  History students will receive preferential consideration, but we welcome applications from students in any discipline or program in the Dietrich School whose proposal substantially concerns world history.   

By April 15th, 2018, please submit to

  • 1) a 500-word document that describes a proposed project in terms of its intellectual significance and its relationship to the field of world history,
  • 2) a 250-word description of a one-semester workplan that will result in a completed project 
  • 3) a well-justified budget of up to $1000 for project-related costs
  • 4) a C.V.

The time commitment and remuneration for this position are equivalent to those for a TAship.  WHC Director Ruth Mostern and Associate Director Molly Warsh will offer intellectual supervision and guidance as you complete your project, and WHC Manager David Ruvolo will provide logistical support.  This position is an opportunity for you to use materials and themes from your own dissertation research to create a public-facing project that can become a distinctive piece of your professional portfolio.  The Center's first two GSAs for the Spring 2018 term are currently completing a joint project to situate Pittsburgh youth sports in global perspective. You can find a description of their project here.