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I’m just totally curious:
- Should CVs include lists of places where one’s book has been reviewed?
- Should CVs include lists of other articles/books that cite one’s own work?
- Should CVs include lists of articles/media outlets where one has been interviewed?
I have seen all of these things recently and I was sort of shocked, but maybe this is the way of the future? What do you and your readers think?
Wow, Claude–I don’t think I’ve ever seen a CV quite like any of the ones that may be coming across your desk, but I haven’t been on a search committee since 2004-05, or in terms of the evolution of technology and trends in the profession, since the War of 1812. I can see including a list of media outlets or articles whose reporters have interviewed you about your work, because talking about your work if it’s timely or relevant to the news is a form of service to the community, and many hiring departments and other historians think that’s important evidence of professional engagement. But listing every single book review one gets, or (stranger yet) listing every book or article that cites one’s work? That seems over-the-top.
Then again, the purpose of the CV is (after all) self-promotion, so I can’t think of any particular reason not to include it. (Or rather, I personally wouldn’t kick you out of a pool of candidates for a job or a fellowship if you did this.) I can absolutely see the temptation if your book were reviewed in the New York Review of Books to drop that casually into your CV, but seriously: if your book is being reviewed in outlets like that, there’s major buzz about your work and professional historians already know it. I have it on good authority that even people born in the 1940s know how to do a Google search, and they’re doing them for all job applicants in case there’s something you might have neglected to include on your CV, like a high-profile arrest, embarrassing FaceBook photos,or a blog.
I can’t see any reason whatsoever to include a list of works that cite your work. That just strikes me as defensive and/or a little desperate, as though you lack confidence in your own work. (Whatever the truth, I just assume that my work is important, and it seems like it’s getting cited pretty regularly in places where it should be cited.) But maybe this is the wave of the future. What the hell do I know? I keep humming “The Battle of New Orleans” in my head.
Readers: take it away! And Claude: stay classy.