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  • Originally published 07/09/2018

    Where Historians Work

    The American Historical Association this week launches Where Historians Work an online tool tracking career outcomes for the more than 8,500 historians who earned their Ph.D.s at U.S. institutions between 2004 and 2014.

  • Originally published 05/08/2018

    Where do historians live and work?

    The answer is provided in the AHA's “Where Historians Work,” an ambitious research project designed to track the career outcomes of everyone who earned a PhD in history from 2004–13 in the United States.

  • Originally published 02/13/2018

    Calling Academe's Bluff

    Erin Bartram’s “quit lit” essay asks readers to consider what’s lost -- personally but especially in terms of disciplinary knowledge -- with so many scholars leaving a broken system behind.

  • Originally published 02/07/2018

    Good news for history majors

    Robert Townsend

    As of 2015, the median earnings for history majors in the workforce with just a bachelor’s degree were $53,000, while those who had gone on to earn an advanced degree (which could be in any discipline) had median earning of $80,000.

  • Originally published 12/04/2017

    AHA Asks Members to "Take Action to Keep Graduate Education Affordable"

    James Grossman

    The House tax cut bill contains a provision that would make tuition waivers for graduate students subject to income tax, significantly increasing the tax liability of hundreds of thousands of graduate students. The Senate bill does not include that provision.

  • Originally published 10/31/2017

    Students today don't know enough

    John Haas

    "I’ve found that I really need to watch my vocabulary. It is not just technical terms that lose them. Words I would have never thought the least bit arcane are unknown to them."

  • Originally published 06/05/2017

    Humanities Majors Drop

    Among majors within the humanities, the largest declines were among English and history -- disciplines that are traditionally the most popular in the humanities. They saw a combined drop of 10 percent in 2015 and a 16 percent drop from 2012 to 2015.

  • Originally published 01/12/2017

    Conflicting Signals in the Academic Job Market for History

    The data point to continuing challenges for recent PhDs seeking academic appointments, with dozens of applicants competing for every entry-­level job and unpredictable fluctuations in field-specific openings from year to year.

  • Originally published 01/06/2017

    What's Behind the History Jobs Crisis?

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

  • Originally published 01/03/2017

    Get Rich. Major in History?

    Jennifer Freilach

    It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds if you follow the path of these students who became college presidents.

  • Originally published 05/10/2016

    In defense of the humanities

    Ken Burns

    In his 2016 Jefferson Lecture Ken Burns says "the humanities have been needlessly scapegoated in our country by those who continually benefit from division and obfuscation."

  • Originally published 02/05/2016

    History Jobs Drop

    Openings are down and the number of new Ph.D.s in the field far outpaces available positions, report finds.

  • Originally published 12/04/2015

    Transforming Higher Education

    Steven M. Gillon

    We face a paradox in the 21st century: We desperately need an educated workforce to fill jobs that are increasingly skilled and technological; yet we are making earning a college degree less attainable.

  • Originally published 09/15/2015

    Teaching Slavery to Reluctant Listeners

    Edward E. Baptist

    Whenever we dredge up the past, we find that the rusty old chains we rake from the bottom are connected to some people’s present-­day pains and others’ contemporary privilege.

  • Originally published 01/30/2015

    Why We Should Study the History of Western Civilization

    Donald Kagan

    We need to examine the older traditions of the West that came before the modern era and to take seriously the possibility that useful wisdom can be found there, especially among the Greeks who began it all.

  • Originally published 05/05/2014

    Why Is the History Profession So Resistant to Change?

    Robert Townsend

    Despite two decades of prophecies about an imminent revolution in the adoption of new media, and recurring job crises for humanities PhDs that call into question the behavior of the discipline, there is relatively little change to show for it.

  • Originally published 06/13/2013

    "Being a Professor Will No Longer Be a Viable Career."

    David Austin Walsh

    With MOOCs the academic freedom of professors is under siege because professors are losing control of their intellectual property, says Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors.