Category Archives: CHA-SHC

The History PhD and Before: Reimagining the History MA to Improve PhD Outcomes

A university library

By Adam Chapnick This post is written in response to the report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada (available in English and in French). A series by members of the Task Force ran on Activehistory.ca from 18 October–17 November, 2022. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the comments or on… Read more »

Rethinking Program Design: The Goals and Value of a History PhD

By Sam Hossack The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the ninth (and final) in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in… Read more »

What Can History PhD Programs Train Students For?

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By Tina Loo The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the eighth in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the comments… Read more »

Comprehensive Exams: Subject Mastery or a Kind of Academic Hazing

Football players take the field.

By Christine O’Bonsawin The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the seventh in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the comments… Read more »

Reforming the History Dissertation

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By John C. Walsh The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the sixth in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the comments… Read more »

Supervising the History PhD

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Convocation Hall, University of Toronto

By Catherine Carstairs The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the fifth in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the comments or… Read more »

Graduate Student Perspective: Structural Challenges to the History PhD

By Sam Hossack The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the fourth in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the comments or… Read more »

The Academic Job Market: Tenure-Track Assistant Professors in History in Canada

By Will Langford The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the third in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the comments or… Read more »

Time to Completion of History PhDs in Canada

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Cumulative Percentage of Completed History Dissertations in Canada Relative to Years Elapsed from Entering PhD Program, September 2016-August 2022, n=355

By Will Langford The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the second in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the… Read more »

Recent History PhDs in Canada, by the Numbers

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Word Cloud of History Dissertation Titles in Canada, 2016-17 to 2021-22

By Will Langford The report of the CHA Task Force on the Future of the History PhD in Canada is now available (in English and in French). This is the first in a series of posts by Task Force members, offering their perspectives on selected themes from the report. Activehistory.ca encourages readers to join in the conversation, either in the… Read more »