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  1. Have questions. You need to figure out numerous things, from how engaged a possible advisor tends to be to where their students are now. Often, figuring out ways of getting answers without directly asking will result in better answers. Basically, figure out what you think you need to succeed in a program, and what you want from it. Then figure out how to get that information from a source which is likely to paint a rosier picture than reality (intentionally or not) if confronted directly.
  2. St. Popovic, Mihailo, Veronika Polloczek, Bernhard Koschicek, and Stefan Eichert, eds. Power in Landscape: Geographic and Digital Approaches on Historical Research. Eudora Verlag, 2019. My review will be out in The Medieval Review sometime within the next month, or if you DM me I'll send it to you.
  3. Which would make them not independent scholars
  4. And then you go and make my point for me - that if it's something important, just do it in fields or publish on it 🤣
  5. No one cares about them outside of your university. Often no one cares about them inside your university, either. Generally speaking, interdisciplinarity is something that administrators like to talk about a lot, but something for which your field (and particularly history) will punish you if you engage in it.
  6. I wouldn't put much thought into certificates, to be honest.
  7. For premodernists, I'd look at Klapisch-Zuber, Christiane. Women, Family, and Ritual in Renaissance Italy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985. K-Z was a hard quant historian during the 60s and 70s who went over to microhistory. OTOH, I'm currently reviewing a book, and boy can I say that uncritical quantitative positivism is back in a big way in the German academy, if indeed it ever really left.
  8. One curious thing about UoC is that the support and outcomes for their MAPSS students is substantially better than those for their MAPH ones. Not really sure why that is.
  9. Data point: I have a BA/MA from Harvard, and a PhD from Brown. I also have a prestigious 2y fellowship from my sub-discipline's national association and four journal articles either published or forthcoming, many conference presentations, a papal license in a Hilfswissenschaft, and have been in charge of one of the larger DH projects in my field. I have applied to 30 positions this fall, from TT jobs to post docs to CC jobs, DH jobs, NTT teaching positions, and library positions. I have made it to one shortlist (still interviewing) for a postdoc which pays less than I make now as a grad
  10. Medieval Studies is going through some, uh, issues right now, so I have a lot of experience talking and thinking about this question. Every PoC medievalist I know has been asked, frequently and pointedly, "So why are you here?" The question as to whether someone "not from" a culture/region/ethnicity/race can study something of that culture/region/ethnicity/race is one of those questions that does not get asked of White scholars. I have, for example, never been asked why I might study southern France, despite having no ties of any kind to the region. Whiteness constructs itself as objectiv
  11. I'm hesitant to put a number on it, but for the sake of argument let's say a program which takes more than ~10 per year is either painfully ignorant of the past 20 years of academic hiring trends or deeply reliant on graduate student labor. Or both. I haven't looked in a while, so IDK how many that is.
  12. If your goal is to influence secondary education curricula, I have to admit I'm flummoxed why a professor would push you towards a history degree. Either there's some context I'm missing, or they're simply wrong. A PhD in history prepares you to be a historian, and little else. I can't speak for Ed.D programs, but a PhD application is about the ideas and vision of past you're bringing to the table. Your grades, language abilities, writing proficiencies, etc. are part of the evaluation process because they speak to your ability to make that vision and those ideas reality. And that's all th
  13. One, you're thinking about PhD applications as if they were undergraduate applications. They're not. Teaching at an inner-city school, being a tour guide, your volunteer or extracurricular activities, are not things doctoral admissions committee will really even look at. Your GPA is perfectly fine to get someone to actually spend some time with the rest of your materials. Whether or not you get into a program pretty much hinges entirely on your articulation of the questions you want to pursue in graduate school and your own perception of yourself as a scholar. Reading the above, it sound
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