U.S. Intellectual History Blog

This Means You: Some Thoughts on the Job Market

In my overlapping social, social media, and professional networks, there are a couple of “economics of higher education” stories rattling around: the abysmal but utterly unsurprising job market report from the AHA, and the House-approved (but not yet Senate-approved) Federal budgetary plan to treat graduate tuition stipends as actual income and tax them accordingly. Obviously, taxing graduate stipends as income would put a graduate education even further out of reach for all but the most affluent students or the students with the most robust and extensive external support networks.  It would make a graduate education for first-generation students and working-class Read more