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Academic Jobs Wiki Data – English Literarture Jobs

These files contain data and visualizations gleaned from the Academic Jobs Wiki for English Literature jobs. The motivation for the project is to provide more transparency into the number of jobs available, and to assess the recent history of the field.

Since 2007, “the Wiki” has been a place where candidates and other job market participants can – anonymously – provide details about job openings as well as information about the timeline of acceptance and rejections for those positions.

In this experiment, only jobs since 2011 were counted, since the (admirably standardized) formatting of the Wiki consolidated around that time. The names for subfields, however, were manually standardized and aggregated, given that even since 2011 these have changed. The spreadsheet “field_aliases.xlsx” records these name changes.

Figures 1-4 show the number of jobs from the 2011-2012 to the 2019-2020 seasons. Note that the last of these seasons is still ongoing (data last updated: 28 Oct 2019).

Without unduly biasing interpretation, of note is the decline of jobs in all subfields of English Literature beside those marked as “Ethnic Studies.”

Updates will be made to this document and data throughout the 2019-2020 season.

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Data can be regenerated using the Jupyter notebook in the Dropbox link, or live via Google Colaboratory.

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