About that AHA Jobs Chart

Unlike some other academic disciplines, history (at the doctoral level) does not have many direct industrial applications. And with rare exceptions, parents, donors, and taxpayers do not care about your research. From their standpoint, original historical scholarship is valuable only insofar as it contributes to the quality of your teaching.

Of course, specialized research is important to teaching. It is not even particularly difficult to explain why. But the American academy has compromised its ability to make that case. In the courses taken by most students, academe has proven itself fully satisfied with the work of poorly paid temporary workers, and it has shown no interest in whether they have the time, resources, or skills for any research at all.

At The Junto, I wrote about the American Historical Association's preview of its latest statistics on history job advertisements.