Historians Face New Pressures to Track Ph.D.'s

Historians Face New Pressure to Track Where Their Ph.D.'s Work 1

Johns Hopkins U.

Ph.D. recipients marched toward the future at the Johns Hopkins U. last May. Many historians worry that the decline in tenure-track jobs signals structural changes that could be permanent.

Three weeks before the history department at Rutgers University began making decisions about whom to admit to its doctoral program this year, about one-quarter of its faculty gathered over lunch to talk about the employment crisis, the future direction of their field, and all the things they don't know about their recent Ph.D.'s.

Some participants voiced frustration because the department does not have comprehensive data on how many graduate students entered the program, how long they