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By the Numbers

December 20, 2007, 12:20 pm

Here and here are a couple of interesting posts from Sterling Fluharty over at PhDinHistory. Fluharty notes that the number of non-white U.S. citizens getting doctorates in the field is on the rise and that the job market seems to be about as good as it has been in recent years. Welcome news in both instances.

I have little to add, beyond noting that an aspiring Mark Steyn has a chance here to misinterpret data, arguing that people of color are edging out white historians. Really, though, I’ll echo Fluharty’s takeaway: things seem to be improving in the profession, but there’s still work to be done. Especially when it comes to finding a way to encourage more Native people to become historians. Other than the bumper crop of Indian PhDs in 2000 (10!), it’s all single digits. Depressing.

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