Comments on: Current events and History hiring trends http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:10:57 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: David http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/comment-page-1/#comment-495 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 20:20:26 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/#comment-495 I definitely think that history hiring trends reflect current events, but probably not when it comes to individual personalities. Since 9/11, it seems that certainly Islamic World studies has become more popular, but I would also add that certain theoretical fields, such as the study of violence and torture, gained in popularity as well. In our department, the hiring trends seem to be most related to internal dynamics of who leaves the department and therefore what gaps need to be filled.

Actually, thinking about it now, I just wonder if an Obama or Clinton presidency might deemphasize those fields, if their presidencies might make African-American history or women’s history more “mainstream” and therefore, less “cutting edge.”

I don’t know. Like Ortho said, I’m just a graduate student.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/comment-page-1/#comment-478 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 05:04:45 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/#comment-478 Heather–thanks for bringing up state teaching standards–a totally different kind of current event than the one I had in mind, but one that probably drives a lot of hires too! And Ortho–it sounds like your department might be relatively flush–it’s good to hear that there’s one of them around in these lean times.

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By: Heather Munro Prescott http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/comment-page-1/#comment-472 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 01:20:32 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/#comment-472 Hi Historiann,

Our current search for an expert in modern German history was prompted by state history teaching standards requiring curriculum on the Holocaust. We would like the person to teach world history, since this is also the trend in public schools in the state, i.e. teach world history instead of western civilization.

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By: ortho stice http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/comment-page-1/#comment-470 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 01:05:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/2008/02/12/current-events-and-history-hiring-trends/#comment-470 Hi Historiann. Thank you for the grant and fellowship writing advice.

Current events do not appear to drive my department’s — in a large, public research university — hiring practices. The two searches — 20th-century U.S. public policy and Modern China — the department is finishing were designed to replace professors who left at the end of last year.

I’m not sure who the department wishes to hire next. Early rumors suggest early-national U.S. in an Atlantic context, African diaspora in the Atlantic (could be combined with early-national U.S.), modern European intellectual history, or Islamic world are possibilities. But, what do I know? I’m only a graduate student.

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