Today’s What We’re Reading features a look at the diversity of the history discipline, investigating the history of the Tooth Fairy, mourning the Christmas canon, and much more!
History and the Profession
Steve Hochstadt for HNN discusses the transformation of the history discipline in the academy, finding that from the 1970s the proportion of history PhDs earned by minorities has steadily risen.
The Review of Higher Education published a study that reveals that women who do not pursue majors in science, technology, mathematics, or business, and who enroll in elite institutions, are “destined to earn much less than their male counterparts.”
On using analogies, including historical ones.
Jacqueline Antonovich historicizes the mythology and tradition surrounding the Tooth Fairy.
“The yule canon, it seems, isn’t just closed—it’s a location-undisclosed black site that’s locked down tighter than Santa’s workshop.”
An assortment of odd, and in many cases dangerous, contraband taken from passengers on a daily basis by TSA.