Jackie GonzalesFeb 1, 2024
The Historian as a Detective (History & Consulting, Part 1)
A Discussion with Historical Consultant Jackie Gonzales
New Books Network 2024
Being a historical consultant is like being a detective. In Ep. 6 of "Practical History" I talk to Jackie Gonzales about how her work as a historical consultant helps solve present-day problems for governments, businesses, and attorneys through deep, project-driven archival research. Presently, Jackie works independently. At the time of this conversation, she was with Historical Research Associates.
Jackie guides us through some of her projects, we discuss the ethical dilemmas related to choosing clients, and what it's like working with clients from different industries. Jackie also shares how and why she designed a successful strategy for her transition from academia to industry while still working on her PhD. Wondering what universities can do better to help their history PhD students broaden their career options? We also touch on that.
Patryk Babiracki is a historian, researcher and writer; professor & MA student advisor at the University of Texas at Arlington. PhD from Johns Hopkins. Promoter of #AppliedHistory: using historical concepts, frameworks, and methodologies to solve real-world organizational problems.