Category History Job Market

Book Review: Marshall T. Poe, How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History of History (Zero Books, 2018)

There have been a rash of history books recently with incorrect titles. Sam Weinburg’s Why Study History when its Already on Your Phone has very little to do with justifying learning of history in the age of the smart phone, and Alex Rosenburg’s  How History Gets it Wrong: The Neuroscience of Our Addictions to Stories […]

The State of the History Discipline (and where have the good history blogs gone?)

A new report has historians in a tizzy. The history discipline has lost more undergraduate majors than any other discipline in the country. Meanwhile, over at the History News Network half of the lead articles  (1, 2, 3, and 4) and almost every blog  (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 )  is about Trump […]

The Vanishing Academic Conservative Historian (Part 2: the bet is accepted)

Alright, folks, I’ve received quite a few reactions to my post from July 4th.  It seems that all you have to do is mention politics in academia and everyone gets into a tizzy. If only Dutch history were so popular. At any rate, someone has taken me up on the bet, that within the next […]

The Vanishing Conservative Academic Historian

Let’s say you are a young conservative undergraduate, and you would like to go to grad school in history. Where would you look for a friendly advisor? If you are considering an Ivy League school, you might want to think again. According to research by Langbert, Quain, and Klein, available data indicates a ratio of […]

Interview with a Historian

In my ramblings through historical materials on youtube, I came across this fantastics Interview with historian Sir Brian Harrison.  Harrison, former Professor of History at Oxford, talks about coming up as a history student in the 1950s in elite British circles. He reflects a bit on the uniqueness of his situation, and his surprise at […]

History job market experiences: the un-read application

As a historian, I try not to focus my attention on the deeper past  (say more than 50 years ago) and not dwell on my own history.  The history of my experiences in grad school and on the job market might have something to teach others, however.  With this post, I’m initiating a new category […]

Graduate Students and Elite Historian Networks

It is my intuition that the best-placed young historians today come from a small set of elite universities.  But, as Lavar Burton would say, don’t take my word for it.  Take a look at the 2015 article by Clauset, Arbesman, and Larremore, “Systematic inequality and hierarchy in faculty hiring networks”    which shows that the […]

Choose-your-own-adventure in American History job hunting

Page 1: A typical ad: West Pennsyltucky Technical Community College has an opening for a Visiting Assistant Professor of American History at their regional branch campus in Texazona. It’s a 6-6 teaching load with an option to teach extra online courses for $1500 a piece, and you also have to make marketing calls to recruit […]

Historian Wanted

In the May, 2016, issue of the AHA’s magazine Perspectives on History there is an absolute gem of a silly job advertisement.  Well, to echo the text, it is not a “job offering” but a “relationship that would offer income supplementation.” Sounds a bit sketchy. What kind of relationship is this? At any rate, the […]

Views on Job Hunting in VAP-Adjunct-Land

Building on the recent discussion of adjunctification, fair wages, and jobs in academia, I would like to point out just how difficult it is to get a tenure-track job as a history professor. I have spent four years in visiting positions, and while I have some sympathy for adjuncts, I fully support my friend Phil […]