Quantifying Prestige

As with any scholarly project, in my dissertation on the development of small cities during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era I need to explain why it matters. I argue these cities are worth the time and effort of a dissertation because they provide a different narrative of urbanization and industrialization. Key to this alternative… Read Quantifying Prestige

What the AHA Needs Now

History needs a Brian Croxall. I’m not actually referring to Brian himself, but the fact that History needs someone who truly understands the life in which most graduate students and recent PhDs find themselves. He’s “a former adjunct who now works off the tenure track” that was also just elected to an at large seat… Read What the AHA Needs Now

Playing with Gephi

I finally got around to playing with sample data I collected on a research trip last summer. The data comes from the Rockford Chair and Furniture Company Records at Northern Illinois University. The most exciting part of this is that these visualizations were orders from one day, November 5, 1891, and they have several years… Read Playing with Gephi

What I Wish I Had Known

The Ten Commandments of Graduate School over at the Tenured Radical got me thinking I should actually post my beginning of the school year thoughts. This Friday our department will be welcoming the new class of students at a Grad Student Retreat. As a bit of an ice-breaker returning students attending will talk about “Things… Read What I Wish I Had Known

The Ivoriest Tower

The AHA published another defense of their misguided statement on embargoing dissertations, this one written by former President William Cronon. This new post underscores the real heart of the criticism and controversy over the AHA’s statement. Cronon defends the text of the statement and the embargo policy, but the real outrage isn’t related to the… Read The Ivoriest Tower

Still Plan B

Anthony T. Grafton and Jim Grossman published No More Plan B which ostensibly called upon historians to open their perspectives about graduate education in October 2011. In July 2013, the AHA Council approved a statement discouraging participation in Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). I’ve cherry picked some quotes and mashed them up in… Read Still Plan B