Read this today and I never should have. Why?
First, it was a depressing look at the past and future prospects for Ph.D.s in history.
Second, it was a depressing look at the past and future prospects for Ph.D.s in history from both the President and the Executive Director of the field’s most prestigious (read: old-white-male-cantankerous-curmudgeonly) professional organization.
Third, it was condescending as shit. The solution to the poor job market and the tightening of university budgets is to stop seeing that Plan B (the not-a-tenure track job) as a Plan B.