Location, Location, Location

September 21, 2012

I still remember the post office where I made the biggest mistake of my life. In the fall of 1996, I stood in its outer room holding a manila envelope in my hand, shifting it from hand to hand. To mail or not to mail? That was the question. It was my second year on the academic job market, and although I had been fortunate enough to obtain a postdoctoral fellowship my first year out, I knew how rare it was to find a job ad that fit you. But this one clearly described me: It was seeking a Ph.D. in British history who could also teach the history of science, with a preference for a medical historian who specialized in women’s history. What were the odds of my ever seeing a job ad like that again in my lifetime? Read the rest of the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education photo by Brian Taylor

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