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  1. Hi all, I thought I would start a new thread since last year's was created about this time a year ago. (Amazing how fast a year flies by!!!) A little introduction - I'm a longtime lurker with a few years of museum experience and several presentations under my belt. I'll be targeting MA programs in the history of medicine as well as MD programs. I look forward to meeting everyone!
  2. I have been looking for some more insights regarding this question, but as I get different opinions, I wanted to ask this in this particular segment of the forum. Whether you're still applying or already are a phd student, how much does the publication record of your (prospective/current) supervisor matter? I'm asking this specifically, because someone I know recently encountered this scenario: The person found a possible supervisor at an ivy league university and history program, but the supervisor in question hasn't published much (perhaps even very little) in the last 10-15 years, despite his tenured position. The supervisor is most known for some works that were published around 2000, and it is also not clear if there were any other relevant collaborations or projects after that. Some people are advising to work with the supervisor anyways because other benefits such as a strong social/academic network, future employment possibilities, and funding. Some would even ask back whether your supervisor's publication track even matters at all for your own research. Others would advise to look for different supervisors with more publication - perhaps at less prestigious but nonetheless good universities - because those supervisors would be better known in the field and be "more up to date" (?). (I'm obviously leaving aside questions about whether or not you are überhaupt able to get into top programs etc) What are your thoughts, experiences or what kind of advice would you give, in the context of being/preparing a history phd student? Thanks!
  3. GRE

    Hi, Simple question. My GRE V is 158, writing, 4.5, Q....I am applying to History Ph.d programs this fall, my current gpa in my MA program is 4.0. I am considering re-taking the GRE again (and studying this time). With my current scores, what schools, based on ranking, could I apply too and have a half decent shot at getting accepted? Mid-rank, lower ranked schools? Thanks
  4. I am planning on applying to PhD programs Fall 2018. I am proficient in one of my languages, but am still at an intermediary level in my new (probably dominant) language-Korean. My professors tell me that I am ready to apply, but I still find it very intimidating. I have conversational fluency, but I know I am not capable of doing intense research (lots of documents) in the primary language. I have a year to work to beef up my research language skills and I am comitted to a job in the US for the year. Any suggestions that will allow me to keep my full time 9-5 and not break the pocketbook?
  5. New to this site, but have seen a lot of helpful posts so far. So I'm in the process of deciding whether or not to apply for a History MA for next year (Fall 2018). (Not super interested in PhD at this moment in time, but I love learning and want to further my education) Educational History: Will graduate in like 2 weeks with a BA in History and International Studies with a minor in French, with a 3.96 GPA from a pretty well known top 100 nation school) and will be taking the GRE soon. The problem of looking into Grad Schools is of course finding one that matches with your interest. I've pretty much narrowed it down to either French or US History, but I'm just wondering how to really pick a path. At my school, my history classes were all over the place so I didn't get a concentrated dose of education in any one particular field. I know obviously its a person choice, but I'm having a hard time thinking about an era and which region I would be most interested in pursuing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
  6. Will attaining your MA in history from an online program, like SNHU, affect your chances of getting into a phd program?
  7. So, I am going to the field next year. Everything until now has been about exams and prospectus. We don't really know much of the ins and bits of what we are supposed to be doing next, how to organize information, how to start writing, etc. Hence, I am asking a *lot* of people about this: other grads, former grads, professors, and you guys out there. Any tips? AP
  8. One of the programs I'm thinking of applying to for Fall 2018 is the Public History program at York (or at least History with a Public History concentration). I know York itself has a great reputation, but I'm curious if anyone knows anything specifically about the Public History aspect? I'm not from the UK, so I'm less familiar with that. Thanks!
  9. Are there any general rankings for history grad programs that are newer than the US News list from 2013? Thanks!
  10. How competitive is admissions to the MA in History program at Sciences Po? I understand that Sciences Po is normally extremely difficult to get admission into, but I thought that was because they are a renowned institution for political science and international relations degrees. Many people - French and non-French alike - I have spoken with told me they did not even know that Sciences Po had an MA in History. Furthermore, the MA in History at Sciences Po only requires B1/ B2 in French, unlike most of their French-taught degrees that require C1 or higher in French. So, does anyone know anything about how difficult it is to get accepted into this program? Do you know anything about funding for the program or anything about it in general?
  11. Hi! I'm in the process of researching graduate programs to apply to for fall 2017. I currently work in a corporate archive and I absolutely love the work I do there. Though I realize a corporate archive is different from most archives, I'm interested in archives and special collections. I've been looking into programs in Archives and Public History, Library Science, and dual degree programs at NYU (MA in Archives and Public History/MSLIS with LIU), Rutgers (MI), UMaryland (MA in History/MLS or "HiLS" program), and others. From what I've read on other Grad Cafe posts, I've noticed that many people encourage a dual-degree program. I'm very interested in the dual-degree option, but worried about expense (especially for a school like NYU, which is a school I'm very interested in), post-grad debt, program opportunities, and job prospects upon graduation. Does anyone have any helpful hints or tips about applying or researching programs? Is it more conducive to apply to an MA in Archives/Public History and MLIS dual-degree program? Or should I opt for an MA in History/MLIS dual-degree (certificate in Archives)? Or should I disregard the dual-degree altogether? Any, or all, information would be greatly appreciated!
  12. I'm sweating out the University of Illinois Chicago's PhD History announcement. Has anyone heard about/got acceptance letters? Is it common to wait this long? I think, not sure, I have to be on a wait list -- I hope.
  13. Hi all! I have been admitted to the University of Cambridge (PhD in History) and I would like to ask some general questions about the city (how is life there, studying, where to rent rooms, which are the average living costs etc.). My college will be Girton College that I know is a bit far away from the centre and I was wondering if this will be really an issue or not. Thank you!
  14. I'm a first generation college student. I have four parents and step-parents and not a college degree between them. I fell in love with academia as an undergrad, particularly in medieval history, especially studying abroad for a year in Ireland. The first application cycle was a wild shot in the dark. I kept to the northeastern United States, wanting to be close to my family and my then-boyfriend-now-husband, who has a steady but immobile job as a firefighter/EMT in his hometown. I lucked out and got one acceptance to the University of Connecticut for their MA in Medieval Studies. So I went direct from undergrad to graduate school. While at UConn I knew I wanted to go for the doctorate, and I got my first taste of Ivy League splendor at conferences in Yale, Columbia, and UPenn. I aimed high for the second application cycle and utterly struck out, not even being accepted for a PhD by UConn itself. Again, I had kept to the NE US, but thought that if I applied to enough Ivy Leagues that at least someone would accept me. I even had a potential advisor rooting for me at Yale, but it wasn't enough. I was crushed. Not only was it rejection from something like 8 schools (all those fees!) but I hadn't done anything outside of school in my entire life. I picked up my EMT certification (highest in my class!) and worked as both a paid and volunteer first responder for a year. Going to academic conferences with no backing institutions felt awful, but I knew I had to network and get serious about finding someone to advocate for me. I applied to only two schools, both within a few hours of our recently purchased house, and got into one with a fellowship. I thought the way was clear, but it turns out that the school was an awful fit for me. (No details for obvious reasons.) My advisor went from sweet as sugar to completely aloof and unavailable, often working overseas and unreachable by email, and when they returned they declared me incompetent and barely in the program by a thread. The department was obsessed with their alums obtaining tenure, despite putting out as many PhD's as nationally available tenure-track jobs every year, and ridiculed anyone who took an interest in a different career path. It also sounds petty, but everyone in my department was constantly dressed formally, manicures and heavy makeup, and since I biked to school and am a grungy metalhead I always felt an awful fit for my cohort. On top of that (or because of it), I suffered the worst expressions of anxiety and depression that had plagued me since teenage years, and finally realized that my doctorate at the school was untenable. So I left. Man, did it hurt to leave that fellowship on the table, but I worked as hard as I could for a year and a half, and it was apparent that things just weren't going to resolve themselves. I worked for a while at a museum in the same city, but when I got pregnant I had to give up the long commute. I began teaching as an adjunct at two different community colleges, and since my son conveniently came at the end of the spring semester I was able to go back to work without a hiccup in my employment. For years I burned at the PhD I had left behind, while my husband encouraged me to keep thinking of it. History? Art History? Archaeology? Literature? Language? How could I best study my passion of medieval history? I thought it was something I would think about when my son and any other kids were in middle school, not anything close to the present day. Then Trump got elected. Family members, friends, and neighbors revealed their racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-equality ugly sides. My husband and I started talking about emigrating. We're white, but not Christian, and we're terrified of what this country has become - not who's in power, but the millions who have demonstrated their true beliefs. "I still have friends in Ireland," I said. "You could finally get your doctorate in Ireland," my husband said. "Are you okay with me leaving the country for graduate school?" I asked, astonished. "Our son's safety is the most important thing." And thus began my fourth graduate school cycle. Due to my once-bitten-twice-shy fear of landing in the wrong PhD program, I applied to one-year MA programs in history at UCCork (my alma mater) and UCDublin (where some other friends also live - also, duh, Dublin). I only did so after contacting potential advisors through email and getting a positive response. My plan was to get a second MA and then, if the fit was right, continuing into the PhD. I applied to Trinity College as well, but didn't hear from anyone so didn't bother applying. I was astonished to find that my MA advisor at UConn remembered me fondly, as well as two professors at UCC. Awkward as Hel for this American student, both UCC and UCD required ME to upload the LoRs...so I got to read them. I actually cried. My professors were entirely supportive, and specific about my strengths. My former advisor called me one of the top two or three students she'd ever had in her thirty year career! I sent in my applications to UCC and UCD... ...and then got an entirely apologetic, thoroughly interested email from the professor at Trinity who is THE scholar for my sub-sub-subfield (Viking Ireland ethnicity and identity). He had missed my email but found it on a fluke and was completely supportive of my application. However, he suggested I go straight for the PhD rather than waste time on a second Masters. I sent him my thesis proposal, he critiqued it deftly and cleaned up my language, and hoped I would join him as a student! So I sent in my Trinity application, including an application for a hefty fellowship. And then I got an acceptance email to UCC. And five minutes later, an acceptance email to UCD. With a 5000-euro scholarship. This is the first time in four application cycles I actually have a choice! Now I'm waiting on hearing from Trinity...and in the meantime, I've applied for a PhD at UCD, thinking what the Hel is the worst that can happen (yes, you can apply to multiple programs at once). The only potential fly in the ointment is that I've done more research and the only way my son can join me on my visa is if I'm in a PhD program and/or can prove that I'm well supported financially outside of the country. My husband is staying at home to support us, so theoretically that achieves the exemption, but if I get into a PhD right away that will cut the Gordian knot of immigration. So I'm still waiting it out...but thoroughly thankful that this has already turned out to be a better cycle than the three before.
  15. Anyone know if the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin has sent their decisions out yet?
  16. Hi all, I am in the process of trying to move from European history to U.S. History as my main field. This is, in part, because the prominent British historian in our department recently left the university and also because I have been interested in US and considering switching for a long time. However, departmental politics have made it really hard for me to leave my current advisor (she has a lot of pull on the tenure committee and Americanists don't want to "steal" me from her). I have spoken with my advisor and she has given me the all clear to take U.S. coursework and make that my primary field, but others are still hesitant to work with me. How do I navigate this situation without stepping on any toes? I hate politics and red tape, and I've been in advisor limbo for the entire semester. I need to get this sorted out, so I can go on with my life. Edit: Also, I am still in my first year, so things are early for me. I know I don't have to declare an advisor and major field at least until May. Has anyone else been in similar situations? What should I do? Help!
  17. Hi! I'm asking advice as I received a conditional offer from Cambridge for a PhD in History. The problem is that I've a MSc in Architectural History and Theory and a BA in History of Art and my dream was doing a PhD in one of these subjects- However, my research project involves both architectural history and history and my MSc supervisor suggested me to apply for a PhD in History at Cambridge as there is a potential supervisor which has already worked on my research topic. With my surprise, I have been accepted but now I don't know what to do. Cambridge was my plan B (I know it sounds strange) and I haven't heard back from my first choice (PhD in History of Art at Toronto). In addition, I don't have news about funding from Cambridge. I'm not worried about the supervisor who is expert in material culture (so both art and architecture) but what I fear the most is that I wouldn't fit in the department and that I would regret not being in the Art History one. Is it very stupid to refuse an offer from Cambridge (obviously I will wait for the other notifications to come in)? My supervisor told me that a PhD in History (and from Cambridge) is more prestigious that a PhD in History of Art, Is that true?
  18. Hi everyone. I am currently in the final semester of my masters in education and have come to the conclusion that I would like to continue my education and pursue a PhD. I am currently completing a degree in Social Studies education, and would like to also pursue my PhD in that same field of study. My current program has led me to read a lot of academic work, and one such author resonated with me each time I read his work. After a quick search of his name in a bout of curiosity, it turns out he is the program director/doctoral advisor for a Social Studies Education program. The schools website, under the tab of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education in History and the Social Sciences, states the following: "There are no formal prerequisites for admission to the program in History/Social Science Education. Experience in teaching history/social science is an asset and provides a useful entry point to many of these questions. But more important than any set of prior experiences is a boundless curiosity to understand how the past shapes understanding in the present and how we can learn more about designing effective educational programs. Candidates interested in this concentration should get in touch with [professor] at [professors email]." I do not have any teaching experience, yet, but since I have yet to take the GRE and haven't applied for the 2017 year, I will have a gap year in between my masters and potential doctoral programs in which I plan to receive teaching offers. My question is, what exactly, and how exactly, to say to the professor when contacting him? I am fairly certain of what I would like to research, and reading plenty of his work, am sure it aligns well with his ideology.
  19. I've been accepted to five History PhD programs, and faculty at the schools have emailed me asking to schedule phone conversations. What are good questions to ask during these conversations? For folks who've been through it, what do you wish you had asked?
  20. Are there others who are considering applying to any of these programs for admission in the fall of 2017? I am mostly concentrated in the field of education, but have been contemplating applying to a strictly Af Am studies program. Many of the top programs however, do not cross-register with education and/or do not have educational departments at all. While I have taken courses in the more common areas - Sociology, History, Anthro, History of Art, etc. - and excelled in them, they are not my primary area of focus. Does anyone have any suggestions as to whether I should apply or consider strictly Af Am studies, or just give it up and head directly for education? Do other prospective students face these dilemmas? Thanks for your input!
  21. Hi everyone! My name is Krysta and I just finished my M.A. at UIUC in Latin American Studies, but my research was historical and my advisor was Dr. Nils Jacobsen. I'm starting this thread to create a space for prospective applicants to talk about the various steps in their process, but also because I'd like some input while I look for matches. I study social/cultural history from 1850 in Costa Rica. Moving forward, I'm interested in questions of children's history, identity formation, and the evolution of notions of children's rights and agency. I'm also looking to expand into a comparative lens, looking at experiences in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. I have the budget to apply to six programs. So far I have picked: 1. Premo at FIU 2. Putnam at Pitt 3. Ghould at IUB 4. Wolfe/Pentzer at Tulane 5. Wills at UCRiverside (not in History, but I like him.) 6. Dávila at UIUC Thoughts? Advice? I'm open to anything. Thank you! Also, I've been looking for matches for over a year, so if anyone else is having trouble finding matches, perhaps we could mutually help each other.
  22. Last years they would've released results at this moment. Anyone has any insight?
  23. Is there anybody out there? What are you guys planning to work on, what are you reading etc. etc.? I'm currently working on social welfare in South Africa but am planning to branch out for my PhD research and work on race, identity and discourses on the state in twentieth century southern Africa. Would love to hear what other new research is on the cards
  24. I apologize if this is a topic that has already been discussed at length. So I am in my first semester of my PhD program (I came in with an MA). I think that over the course of my MA program I read somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 books and probably 50-70 articles. This is just an estimation based on class hours, and additional readings I conducted during my thesis research. Some books I read nearly cover to cover, while other books I skimmed a lot. I rarely read a book that was not either assigned in class or pertinent for my thesis research. However, I am wondering what a productive amount of reading looks like at the PhD level. Right now, I am on a fellowship that stipulates 12 hours (4 courses) of graduate credit per semester for the first year. Thus, I am sometimes reading 3-4 full books a week for these courses. Of course, I skim more than anything, since I have never been the kind of person who could speed read entire books. Once I am ABD, I'm sure I'll have dozens of books that I will want to read in full or in part for my dissertation. However, I don't see myself going "above and beyond" in reading the latest scholarship in my field, or trying to absorb the entire canon of my major and minor fields. The general exams for which I'm preparing require "reading" upwards of 200 books, and that I am expected to complete that within the next three semesters. Meanwhile, I have met several colleagues that seem to make reading additional scholarship a hobby, and can cite scholars and arguments in conversation with ease. This is still a challenge for me, and I can cite perhaps a handful of scholars and their major ideas off the top of my head. While this post may seem to be directionless, I guess what I'm really asking is, how much are you guys/how much have you read as a PhD student? Do you think being able to cite scholars conversationally is more a product of heavy reading, a good memory, or just a coincidence of being familiar with that particular work? Just curious!