About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Will historicize for food, coffee

Which college majors have the highest unemployment rates, according to the Washington Post?

I'm proud to say that the 'Liberal Arts' (which includes my discipline, history) took the bronze medal - with an unemployment rate of 9.4%.

Since that is lower than the rate here in Rhode Island, I propose we tweak the Richard Florida thesis somewhat, and say f**k the creative class.  Import historians!  Think of the multiplier effects!

I can't think of any multiplier effects.  Good thing I'm not an economist.  If there were any justice at all, those people would have come in first (especially the 'freshwater' variety).

For the few 70s-era dead-enders who actually think history is a social science...those people came in 4th, with an 8.9% rate.

The worst rate?  Architects.  Is it any wonder that Shana and I don't have any money?  And that the country is presently filled with whiny white Tea Partiers, contemplating the 'victimhood' of John Galt?

The major with the lowest unemployment rate?  Its a tie between health and education.  Illness and ignorance never go into recession, do they?

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