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About KLZ

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    North Carolina
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    History PhD

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  1. Yes, you can omit the cover page; it is not necessary. If you are asking if admissions committees care that you wrote the paper for professor X, the answer is no, they do not care--- not even for your top choice program. It sounds like you are applying as an "Americanist." In this case, you should edit your *best* paper to fit the page requirements. By your best paper, I mean the one that showcases your historical interests (period, region, theme, theory, etc.), writing competency, and research skills (sources and methods). This may require some hard choices when it comes to cutting, but this can be a very useful exercise. Best of luck!
  2. Mine ended up being 50,338 words, or 201 double spaced pages. This included my front matter, intro, 4 chapters, conclusion, and bib.
  3. 20 hours is a common way for the graduate school to classify your employee status for payroll purposes. It does not necessarily mean that you will be working 20 hours every week. The amount of work you will have will likely vary by week, with weeks in which they take an exam or turn in a paper being heavier workload weeks, since you will likely be doing most or all of the grading.
  4. I agree 100%
  5. I love Lara Putnam's work! Out of my region and periodization, but so good! Congrats!
  6. I agree with "dressy casual." Nice slacks and a nice sweater sounds perfect. Don't even worry about heals.
  7. Welcome! I assume you are applying to programs this year? Good luck!
  8. I study twentieth-century cultural transformations in the United States as they relate to foreign relations; how domestic ideas of race, political economy, technology and mass communications, etc. influence U.S. foreign affairs at the policy-making level, as well as how policymakers attempt to wield culture as a tool of diplomacy (public diplomacy, if you will). I'm particularly interested in state-orchestrated or sponsored cultural programs during the Cold War: cultural and educational exchange programs, propaganda and information activities, foreign lobbying,and multinational business relations as they relate to policy matters. How does South Africa tie in? I'm interested in SA as a site of US public diplomacy in the postwar era; however, I'm also very interested in South Africa's global public relations campaign during apartheid, particularly in the aftermath of the collapse of the Portuguese empire in southern Africa. Thus, I also plan to study the United States as a site of South African public diplomacy. Generally speaking, then, I plan to write my dissertation on US-South African relations during the Cold War, focusing on cultural/public diplomacy and giving special attention to how domestic social/political movements and cultural shifts in the United States and South Africa impact relations at the level of state. ...at least for now
  9. I'm considering developing a major field in African history; I will certainly have a minor field. I work on U.S.-South African relations, social and political history, and transnational movements. It's good to see others out there working on South African history!
  10. Best of luck in the homestretch, everyone! If you have any questions about schools or living in NC, let me know.
  11. James Madison University http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/mhr/
  12. I agree with TMP: you should choose the individuals who will write the strongest letters. This may or may not people the people on your committee. I chose my letter writers strategically. I had four people on my committee. I asked two of them to write letters to accompany all six of my application, one being my main adviser and the other being someone I had taken a several of classes with. I had known these two individuals for quite some time, since I completed my MA at my undergrad institution. Both had written letters for me in the past for various awards. As for my third letter writer, I asked one of the remaining two committee members to write a letter for four of my applications. I asked a professor who did not serve on my committee to write the last two letters. I chose to split the responsibility for the third letter for a number of reasons. For one, the person I selected to write for two of my applications knew many of the faculty members at the two universities to which these applications were directed. In addition to being a professor of mine, she was also the DGS and my boss when I graduated from the MA program and joined my department in an administrative role. I wanted to have her speak more broadly about my engagement with the graduate program (I served in many roles as a grad student). I did not ask her to write the letter for my other four applications, however, because the four universities to which those letters were directed (I thought) required that I ask a committee member who could best speak to my engagement in my proposed minor field (Africa), which seemed more important for those schools. Its your call. Your thesis committee will probably be your best bet for awesome letters. But if you have a good reason to think someone else will suit your application needs more, go for it.
  13. Take a look at NC State/UNC's dual degree program in public history and archives/library science. Both have full funding options, I believe.
  14. If you tell us your topic or research interests, perhaps we can point you in the direction of some good historiographical sources.
  15. A few thoughts Who will you ask to write your letters of recommendation? At least 2/3 should probably be from your undergrad institution. Get in contact with them early. Remind them of who you are and your intentions to apply for the MA. You might want to send them a "packet" of information, including the schools on your list, potential advisors (less important for the terminal MA, but still...) wide research interests and, if you have a specific project in mind, narrow research interests, perhaps a preliminary statement of purpose and/or a wrating sample. Letters will be of some importance to your application, and since you graduated some years ago, you may need to spend some extra time carefully selecting your recommenders. Of course, you could still be in great contact with professors and already know all of this. Just thought I'd add to the conversation. Your writing sample will also be very important. You don't need to have written a thesis or have published, but you'll want to use something that showcases original, primary research. You can use your statement of purpose to showcase your knowledge of your field ("such and such historian and/or book has influenced the way I think about x"). The importance of GRE scores is debatable, but for top programs I think the general consensus is that a good score will not be enough to get you in, but a bad score might keep you out. Verbal counts the most, writing score next, some schools don't even bother with the quantitative (although that's not a hard rule). I completed a terminal MA and went on to work as a grad programs assistant at my institution, working closely with the ad com and DGS for a couple of years. My institution thought very favorably of candidates with your profile type (high achieving in major, military experience, drawn back to academia, etc.). If you can clearly establish what you hope to achieve with the MA in hand, I think you'll be golden.