What's Behind the History Jobs Crisis?

Historians in the News
tags: history majors, history crisis, AHA2017

We asked an expert – Robert Townsend – why the number of history majors has been declining and why jobs for historians are disappearing.

Mr. Townsend, PhD, is the director of the Washington office of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, co-director of the Humanities Indicators, and the author of "History’s Babel: Scholarship, Professionalization, and the Historical Enterprise, 1880–1940" (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2013).

This interview was recorded by the History News Network on January 6, 2017 at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Denver.

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