History Job Market Is Hot — for Now

Statistics show more jobs available and fewer new Ph.D.'s, but trend may be short-lived

The temperature outside was in the mid-30's, but William C. Van Norman was sweaty and out of breath by the time he reached his fourth job interview of the day. His previous interview had run long, and he had had to jog 10 blocks to meet history professors from James Madison University, who were gathered in a room at the Wyndham Hotel. When they saw how winded he was, they offered Mr. Van Norman a