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Comparativist

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    2017 Fall
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    Political Science

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  1. Political Order in Changing Societies by Huntington. I have read parts of it at various times but never got the chance to actually really sift through it properly. Which is a shame because it largely spawned, at least in part, my (sub-) sub-field. It's also one of those books that is a treasure trove of untested hypotheses that are good for project ideas.
  2. This is graduate school. This is what you are paid to do. While I don't think this whole thing was handled great, it is your job to do what the professor wants (within means of course). If you have other deadlines, make sure those things are done before the papers are turned in.
  3. I use summers for research and gaining skills rather than reading. The only reading I do during the summer are tied to specific projects when I'm doing a lit review or theoretical section of my paper. The rest of the time is devoting to writing up papers, collecting data, learning how to code/program better, learning foreign languages, or writing grants or abstracts for conferences. the reason I avoid reading during the summers is because you spend plenty of time reading the canon (and a bunch of stuff you wouldn't read on your own) during your seminars or preparing for comps.
  4. Not popular in political science.
  5. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=social+media+academia
  6. How many MA programs did you actually apply to? I think there are more funded MA programs out there than you have identified/portrayed in your post. Sometimes you don't actually know about the funding situation until after they admit you. Furthermore, sometimes the more funded programs are not the top schools - they don't need to offer funding for people to go there. You also can be a little creative...some programs such as area studies and ethnic studies - typically programs that do house a lot of anthropology students - offer better funding than straight anthropology degrees. Large public schools are more likely to offer TA positions to MA students. Lastly, there are also foreign options (specifically, Canada) that have fully funded master's programs because it's the norm to do an MA before getting accepted into Ph.D. programs there.
  7. Columbia's MA is set up in a way that it is completely divorced from the Ph.D. program. This means that you won't be taking doctoral level courses nor be working closely with the faculty. I highly recommend to everyone to avoid this program, much less pay close to 100k for it. I know someone who did the CIR, worked with Mearshimer, then got into top 10/20 Ph.D. programs. Of course, YMMV but at least it is possible.
  8. Congrats!
  9. My story: 3.3 in (foreign) community college, 3.6 at a good (foreign) university (so roughly 3.45 UGPA), 3.95 in master's program at a good US university. Now at an 'ivy league' US university for Ph.D. Are you doomed? No. Is is an incredibly hard road to get from Univ. of Alberta with a poor GPA to a top 20 Ph.D. program in the US? Ridiculously, but it is possible. PM if you want to discuss the nitty-gritty details on how I did it.
  10. Lets make this real simple: The best letters are from people that you have worked with in a one-on-one capacity. There are plenty of ways to achieve the above: - RA for a professor - TA for a professor - Advising your thesis - Working on a research project (co-authorship) with a professor. Ideally you want to hit multiple of these from each of your letters but it's not entirely necessary. Being in multiple classes and doing well in them is a no-brainer obvious requirement.
  11. This is probably a good idea.
  12. Doubtful it will affect the process at all. Admissions process is incredibly decentralized in political science. POIs have little input on who gets accepted unless they are on the adcomm.
  13. Don't get a Ph.D. in area studies.
  14. I made the introspective comment because every time someone makes a comment, suggestion, or possible question, you instantly say that's not it and everything is perfectly fine - except of course that you can't seem to have a serious relationship/find a suitable dating partner. Personally, I don't think you're being very honest with yourself (or people here trying to help you).