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Bar charts showing tenure-track, non-tenure-track, and other history job listings over the years.
Aug 31, 2022
New report from the American Historical Association shows that job ads, a proxy for faculty hiring, declined dramatically in 2020–21 but have started to rebound. The long-term outlook remains sobering.

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February 13, 2018
Historian’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.
January 31, 2018
After a major editorial flap, history's premier journal announces a series of changes aimed at diversifying viewpoints and contributors.
January 9, 2018
Professors debate the role -- or absence -- of the historian in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new Vietnam documentary, concurring that a lack of critical perspective makes the film more milquetoast than masterpiece.
January 8, 2018
Historians urge departments to give their graduate students the confidence, skills and support to succeed in whatever career paths they choose. That means going out of their way to avoid implying that nonfaculty jobs are somehow “less than.”
January 5, 2018
Historians who teach U.S. conservatism say their jobs got a lot harder last year but that Trump's presidency also provides new opportunities for student engagement.
December 11, 2017
Court filings in a suit challenging American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli universities allege that candidates for key roles in association kept their plans to push for a boycott secret when they stood for office.
November 17, 2017
American Historical Association sees 12 percent decline in openings, for fifth straight year of downward trend.
October 10, 2017
Email, supposedly from high school student, to history professors across the country raises suspicions of a right-wing gotcha campaign against “liberal professors.”
July 5, 2017
Honor for history book is given back amid criticism of its citations. Author says there are 52 errors he sees as accidental and mostly minor, but others see more fundamental problems.
January 12, 2017
Teaching jobs for historians are down, but data suggest their opportunities outside the professoriate are on the rise.

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