by PhDinHistory | 12/17/2007 10:04:00 PM
Have you ever wondered about the differences between men and women who earn PhDs in history? Here is a quick summary of the latest data:

There are still 3 men for every 2 women.

Men are overrepresented in African and Asian history.

Women are slightly less likely to be U.S. citizens.

Men are more likely to be married.

Only a little more than half of the women majored in history as undergraduates.

Women were more likely to skip the master's degree and proceed straight to the doctorate.

Women have a slight advantage on the job market.

Men are more likely to obtain government jobs.

Women are more likely to obtain jobs at nonprofits.

Men are slightly older, and have spent more time in coursework, when they receive their doctorate.

For more details, take a look at the below table, which contains new data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates, available at the National Opinion Research Center web site.

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Blogger pico on 12/18/2007 7:17 PM:

Any idea why men would be especially overrepresented in African and Asian history? This is especially interesting, since Asian and black women outnumber Asian and black men in the overall field.


Blogger PhDinHistory on 12/18/2007 11:57 PM:

You are right about the women outnumbering men in all other fields, but remember that statistic is about African Americans and Asian Americans. History is probably unique for the number of students it attracts from Asia and Africa. Perhaps there are more men than women coming from those regions of the world to study at history doctoral programs in the U.S.