Unruly PhD


Plagrave Macmillan has a "black Friday" book sale through Dec. 1.  The site includes a book edited by R. Peabody entitled "The Unruly PhD.  It is a collection of essays by people who followed an unusual path through graduate studies or afterwards.  Authors include an adjunct professor, a post-doctoral fellow, a museum curator, a patent attorney and a registered nurse.

[disclaimer:  Although I have published with Palgrave, I have no connection at all to this book or the authors--Margaret DeLacy, H-Scholar editor]


Collecting US Cannabis/Marijuana History

I am the president/chair of the nonprofit, all-volunteer organization 420 Archive. We are working with communities to collect the oral histories and documentation surrounding US cannabis/marijuana history and culture. 

After conducting a two-year, comprehensive needs assessment, it was clear that US marijuana history was on the edge of being lost. At the time of the needs assessment, no academically driven, archive-quality oral histories and documentation on marijuana farming, production, or activists' attempts to repeal laws had been collected. 

Advice on seeking a non-faculty job (comment)


Below is an excerpt from an article entitled "Feeling Your Way toward a Non-Faculty Job: Reflections from a PhD Career Advisor," by Courtney Wiersema for Perspectives on History, the newsletter of the American HIstorical Association, Sep 13, 2018.  There is also a link to the original article which is well worth reading, even if you are not actively seeking a non-faculty job.


Re: Where Historians Work (news) (comment)

As editor of H-Scholar, I have been reading the discussion on this topic with great interest. I hope that some of you will also take the time to share your view and experiences with the staff and membership of the AHA itself. We can't expect the association to change its approach unless our colleagues educate its members about the extent of the problem. My impression is that the AHA is very concerned about the state of the profession and its own membership and is more open to the views and concerns of non-tenured historians than it was in the past.

Margaret DeLacy

Re: Where Historians Work (news) (comment)

As a historian with a master's degree I find that I am often treated as a non-entity at professional conferences. I recently attended the Society for Historians of Foreign Relations, and I felt invisible because I don't have PhD in my name; even when I had more information about a topic than the so-called "expert." It is frustrating and degrading, not to mention incredibly un-collegiate. This has certainly left a very sour taste in my mouth, which is a shame as I feel I could add to historiography in my field, and, I could certainly learn from fellow scholars.

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