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nhhistorynut

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    History PhD

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  1. I can't stop laughing http://archive.wilsonquarterly.com/essays/history-past-life-reeked-joy totally worth a look, fellow historians!
  2. The variety is really interesting. I'm curious why some programs (like mine and some others) require such substantial projects/lengths and others don't...
  3. Wow that would have been a lot easier lol that's about how long my MA program expected seminar papers to be (well, 20-30)... That said, I plan to take some of my chapters and rework them a bit and submit for publication, so hopefully I'll get something out of my effort! If nothing else, I figure I'll have experience doing a big project, which will hopefully help me when dissertation time comes.
  4. I was looking around on here and couldn't find a thread on this. I'm curious just because my program says "between 100-200 pages" but other people have told me theirs was only something like 80 pages. I'm in crunch time now because I want to finish all the writing before my PhD program starts at the end of August (I will technically be dual enrolled this fall because I plan to defend in October and confer in December) and I still have 2 chapters to write (albeit the easiest; one is based on a paper I already wrote so I can borrow a lot from that, and the other is just the conclusion). Anyways, I just wrapped up chapter 3 today and the document put together right now is 90 pages. I'm thinking it'll be around 140-150 when it's done. So, how long was yours? Just curious
  5. @VAZ I'd venture to guess that it's likely the other way around; how medieval history and theories apply to post-colonial and race theories. It's pretty interesting, actually, when you think about it, because many race-based laws and institutions were founded on (and defended by) the interpretation of religious texts.
  6. I'm a themes and theories person. I had a hard time picking just one lol. I specialize in race relations, so theme-based and theory-based research/scholarship are equally relevant and useful. I'd add, too, that I avoid "great man" histories because they don't really interest me very much.
  7. good advice above. I'd also add that you can look to (semi-recent) books that you've read and enjoyed. Then, google the authors to find out where they teach, research the institutions a bit, and then reach out to them from there.
  8. If I was to use it professional, I'd probably just use it on it's own without the quotation marks.
  9. I like to use my middle initial. Both my first and last names are 2 syllables and are pretty generic (although my last name is also a common first name for men). However, there was really no rhyme or reasons when I started using it. It just kind of happened. For some reason in my BA, they had me registered with the middle initial, which was printed on my diploma. Then when I did my MA program it was the same. And finally, with my PhD program starting, they have me recorded that way, too, and all official correspondences and references to me include my middle initial. Somewhere along the way I started using it on papers I write, too. I have no idea why lol I just do. And it's different for me because I actually have a nickname, Lottie, that everyone has called me since the day I was born. Literally no one calls me by my real name unless they dont know me. All my professors call me Lottie at my MA school, and I imagine I will go by that at my PhD university, as well. But when handing in assignments, submitting publications, etc., I always sign with my real first name and my middle initial. I've thought about using my nickname more often professionally, though, because it is a unique name and people tend to remember it.
  10. I guess I sort of fell into this as my specialization. It started when I had to write a seminar paper on something/anything related to WWII for a methods class and I wanted to do something different. I have been going to Jamaica for 26 years, and began looking into their involvement in the war. After discovering Jamaica's refugee and internment camps, I started digging in deeper and my focus began shifting towards the issues of race inequality and the role the white refugees played in worsening those issues. My MA thesis is on Jamaica's history of race relations and the island's independence movement. It looks specifically at how, when, and why Afro-Jamaicans were able to tackle and overcome their racial inferiority complex and demand self-government and independence. Through my research on this, I have developed a passion for US race relations in the mid-20th century. I had originally wanted to specialize in German military history (pre-1900), but this topic just completely took over. So there you have it. I managed to get into a school with the POI I wanted (I love his books and may have fan-girled a bit after he called me to chat last winter), and will get to focus on race relations and racism in 20th century New England.
  11. I just want to point out that people who are annoyed or bothered by questions they think have been answered elsewhere or questions they consider "stupid" are under no obligation to answer. It's easy enough to just do that than throw time and energy into some passive aggressive (or aggressive aggressive) paragraphs attacking someone for asking a question just because they didn't see it anywhere at first or didn't want to spend and hour sifting through old threads. I agree that thick skin is necessary and there will always be those who will talk down to you or act pompous, but there's really no need to spread that around and just consider such behaviors "par for the course" in academia. I personally know multiple PhDs, other academics, and historians who are plenty down to earth and humble, and I hope to emulate them as I maneuver my way through my PhD and beyond. Well anyways, my point here is just that if you don't like the question, don't respond to it. Simple as that. Because now this straightforward thread for someone nervous and excited about the application process has been hijacked by people debating the value of the question and fighting over the nature of academia.
  12. @AP you're cracking me up!
  13. so, after rereading this, I just want to add that you should always proofread your emails, which I clearly did not do above there's nothing worse than clicking send and then noticing a glaring typo!
  14. True! Thick skin is a must an academia.
  15. Just fair warning, and I learned this the hard way this past year, but you should probably get used to that on here. Just my experience, FWIW. Don't take it personally. It will probably get much, much worse in the 2018 thread as time passes lol.