Historians Grapple With How to Get to the 'Malleable Ph.D.'

The term "malleable Ph.D."—in heavy use lately by the American Historical Association—is all about thinking of a doctoral degree as a credential that can open the door to any number of careers, in addition to one in the professoriate.

But a panel discussion at the association's annual meeting over the weekend called attention to how the path to broader employment for history scholars isn't clear