Working Historians

Susan Dawson - Branch Chief Historian, Office of Customs and Border Protection

November 28, 2019

Dr. Susan Dawson is a military and diplomatic historian and is the Branch Chief Historian for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Customs and Border Protection. In this episode, Dr. Dawson discusses her academic and professional background, how to get started in a career as a historian in the federal government, and what life is like as a historian for a government agency.

This episode’s recommendations and links: Peter Jackson, dir., They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros., 2018), Society for History in the Federal Government: Federal Government Job Application website: And your local library!

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