European Career Stories: Michael Docherty | The University of Innsbruck

Today we launched a new feature here at USSO: Career Stories. In this conversational series, we’ll discuss the directions, dilemmas, and decisions made by those trained in American Studies pursuing careers inside and outside of academia.

Today, for a distinctly European special, we discussed careers in Europe with Dr Michael Docherty, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Innsbruck in Austria who received his PhD from the University of Kent in 2020. We talked about how to approach the job market, cater applications for institutional and international differences, and find your way into a new department, even with a language barrier. USSO is the postgraduate-run affiliate site for BAAS.

If you are involved in an American Studies initiative in Europe or would like to spotlight your career in American Studies, we’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch at

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