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About NoirFemme

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  1. If connecting with the public is important to you, read! I actually devoured history books before I went back to school. There would be these periods where I'd obsess over a topic, and I borrowed everything I could from the library. So I have a bunch of history crammed in my head, from multiple countries, across multiple centuries. It helps me understand lots of theory, though my professors wag their fingers over my research not fitting into specific geographical and temporal areas.
  2. Theory. My ideas are always framed around the whys and hows of who, what, and where.
  3. You're not struggling with self-doubt but with a toxic situation. Some people in your program has systematically worked to destroy your self worth and that isn't right. I too would advise you to seek a therapist to help you handle the emotional fall-out of this situation and help you strengthen your ability to deal with horrible people. Also, can you find any allies outside of your department? Maybe you don't need to tell them about what's going on, but you can build a circle of peers with no affiliation to your field to give you some breathing space.
  4. I don't think it's the length of the name that's more memorable, but the "brand" you've established. There can be two Ashley Martins studying 18th century Caribbean women's history, but if one Ashley publishes more, speaks at conferences, and otherwise has a higher profile, they are Ashley Martin in the eyes of most people. I've started using my first, middle, and last name because without the middle, my name feels generic. Also, since my middle name and last name start with the same letter, I can easily maintain my branding if I change my last name after marriage.
  5. I've been blogging since 1999/2000, and have been a professional blogger for ten years, so I always assume everyone has that same background lol. Send me a PM! There's a lot to cover, which I can tailor to your needs.
  6. American Girl dolls. Samantha and Addy were my favorites (Antebellum to Progressive Era). However, I came to history via anthropology, since I also wanted to be Lara Croft/Indiana Jones. Because of this, I don't consider myself to be an historian! I'm much more interested in how history is created, produced, used, and disseminated by cultures via fashion, food, monuments, memory, and literature.
  7. Rich
  8. What stands out to me in the OP is the absence of people. As in, networking connections. Degrees mean nothing if you don't have a network to tap into. My advice would be to find a mentor. Cold call/email if you don't have one person who can connect you to someone to help you write your resume or get experience or help craft your Ph.D applications. Also, do you use LinkedIn? If not, I recommend it. Not only is it great for organizing your accomplishments, but you can basically stalk the profiles of people in your dream positions. It also helps build your network in a somewhat informal manner.
  9. List is up! http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_084507
  10. Why haven't you looked on Facebook? There are groups set up to connect people needing apartments or subleases in just about every city in the US.
  11. Nope. Now I'm a little antsy about when they'll release the Awardees and Honorable Mention lists.
  12. French was the lingua franca for much of European history. France was also Russia's ally off and on throughout the 19th century. German rose in prominence when so many German princes and princesses married into European royal houses--and remember, not only was Peter the Great's heir a Prussian, but the heir's wife, Catherine the Great, was of German background. And most of the Czars wives were German princesses/archduchesses.
  13. Oh Lord. Not again... Are you mods/veterans this combative in other subforums? Or does the history field attract posturing and d*ck measuring? I've gotten a number of PMs from people in other fields who are appalled by the 0-100 aggressiveness in this year's threads.
  14. I admit to being nervous about befriending my cohort. Mainly because the whole academia thing is brand new to me and I wonder how to connect with people who've known--and worked towards--this goal at the "proper" ages (e.g. undergrad 18-21; Master's or straight to Ph.D at 22-25). Half of the time while reading articles on Chronicle Vitae or Inside Higher Ed or whatever, I'm blinking in bemused confusion because I just don't see the anxieties and drama as that big of a deal! So then I worry that my learning curve--and my existing alt-ac career--will make me come across as not fitting into the culture.
  15. There really aren't any rankings for public history programs because there are so few of them around (and I mean Public History MA [and Ph.D], not a certificate or concentration or coursework). The common rule of thumb is to go to school where you want to work; however, the field is extremely competitive and everyone wants to attend school and work in NYC, Boston, DC, LA, etc. What do you want to do exactly in public history? Its broadness in scope is exciting, but it can also obscure the realities of the job market. In general: Curators and conservators need Ph.Ds. Archivists need an MLIS/MLS (sometimes you can get a position with a History degree+lots of experience). Historic preservationists need an MA in HP (usually found in architecture departments). Registrars and collections managers need at least an MA plus experience. Well paid, full-time museum work is incredibly difficult to come by, and you'll often have to work multiple part-time jobs, or work at a museum in the middle of nowhere with a tiny or non-existent budget. The gov't is the biggest employer of public historians (Smithsonian, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, etc), but getting in takes patience and serious networking--and who knows if anyone will be hired on for the foreseeable future. If you're still getting your feet wet in the field, I would say the best places to apply to in the US are: UMass Amherst, NC State, Middle Tennessee State, Brown (Public Humanities), Rutgers-Newark (American Studies w/Public Humanities track), and UC Riverside. https://www.umass.edu/history/public-history https://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/graduate-program-american-studies/ma-program https://history.ncsu.edu/grad/ph_ma.php https://www.brown.edu/academics/public-humanities/ http://www.mtsu.edu/programs/public-history-ma/ http://www.history.ucr.edu/Public_History/ma.html