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At that very moment, we reached her music teacher’s studio and I didn’t have to answer the question. But I’ve been thinking about it a lot. In part because it appears one can no longer be a historian with a Ph.D. The job market has downshifted from bad to catastrophic. From a high of 1,064 tenure-line openings that were advertised in 2006-7, the numbers tumbled this past year to 638. According to a report in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, the prognosis is not encouraging, especially when compared with the decline in general unemployment figures in the United States.
Robert Zaretsky is a professor of world cultures and literatures in the department of modern and classical languages and the Honors College at the University of Houston. His latest book, Boswell’s Enlightenment, was recently published by Harvard University Press.