by PhDinHistory | 11/13/2007 12:11:00 PM
This post is written in response to the recent article "Confronting a Crisis in the Historical Profession" by George J. Sanchez. Below you will find a list (that you can see more closely when you click on it) of history doctoral programs. These are PhD programs in history that are currently active and that awarded at least twelve doctorates between 1973 and 2005. The data comes from the Survey of Earned Doctorates. These 45 History Doctoral Programs represent 27.1 percent of the 166 current programs in the United States. They granted about 13 percent of the total number of PhDs awarded by history doctoral programs between 1973 and 2005. I hope individuals at these institutions will take the necessary steps to diversify the demographics of their doctoral programs and to recruit more minority students into these programs.

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Anonymous Anonymous on 11/13/2007 5:16 PM:

Where will these new minority history PhD's find work after graduation?

Perhaps talented minorities gravitating to other fields than history bears some relationship to the dearth of tenure-track positions in history departments at colleges and universities?

Why be an adjunct lecturer historian if you can be a doctor or lawyer or school superintendent instead ?


Anonymous Anonymous on 11/13/2007 5:18 PM:

BTW - the comment above is Zenpundit's - I could not get the field to accept the verification code signing in as myself


Blogger PhDinHistory on 11/14/2007 11:15 AM:

You are right that minority students are often drawn to other fields that look more financially promising. However, there is another side to the coin. Listen to what Sanchez says: "Our brightest students of color are often attracted toward law, business, or medicine, not only because of higher levels of remuneration, but also because of the greater diversity they find in graduate education in those fields and in those professions overall."

In other words, the history profession needs to become more diverse so that minority students will perceive it as a place where they want to work. In the meantime, they should take comfort in the fact that they will find it somewhat easier to get hired in full-time positions than their non-minority counterparts. Check out this blog post and you will see that minorities who become history faculty have a competitive advantage on the job market.