telkanuru

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    Monasticism, gender, theology, social history, intellectual history, Christianity, network analysis, GIS, digital humanities
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    History PhD

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  1. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I had this happen my year with a solicitor with a Chicago area code...
  2. Wear pants. You never know when you might have to stand up.
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    An important ability for academics giving conference talks is to take specific comments from the audience and generalize them out to observations that are useful beyond the particular constraints of the question. And an important skill in asking conference questions is to realize when that's happening. In other words, it's not always about you, unless you're the only person applying to a state school here.
  4. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Right, I don't have a comprehensive knowledge of universities' funding packages, but was relating the structure of the ones I received. We're talking about state school packages generally here. With respect to financials, remember that you need more that to just live, particularly if you're not an American historian. For example, will your stipend allow you to live near your archive for six months or a year while your partner stays at home, keeping in mind that most universities will reduce your stipend in proportion to any major external grant you receive? Does your university require you to pay your costs upfront and get reimbursed (most do), requiring a fairly decent cash reserve? Does your university deduct taxes from fellowship stipends? Mine doesn't, which left several people with surprisingly large tax bills come April. Do you receive stipend disbursals over the summer? Are they the same size? How does this affect your budget? In short, base cost of living is simply one factor to consider.
  5. Master’s Prestige

    The real question is what do you need an MA for? Are do you want to acquire some new skills? Prestige isn't that important. Trying to make up for a mediocre undergraduate? Prestige is more important.
  6. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Everyone gets teaching experience. What changes is if they also get time off of teaching to write their dissertation, just like TT professors get a sabbatical year to push that book out. I guarantee that those with time off teaching will generate a better final project faster than those without. And no, that's a false dichotomy: money and getting in both matter, particularly if you have to take out loans. I don't really like making absolute statements, but this is an exception. NEVER EVER attend a doctoral program, particularly in the humanities, that will require you to take out loans to complete it.
  7. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Usually, yes.
  8. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Most programs don't interview. I mean, it's a whole other question as to whether it's worth it to attend [program] on departmental rather than university funding. For me, it was the difference of $10k/yr, 1 year of support, and 2 years of fellowship over TA-ship. That's huge, and completely changes the equation.
  9. Fall 2018 Applicants

    So FYI this is the way most state schools work. Those with nominations to university-level funding tend to find out about a week before those receiving department-level funding.
  10. What are the hottest specialties in history right now?

    I was about to say, I don't know if Braudel ever went away. Mentalité has certainly gone the way of the dodo though, and good riddance.
  11. The first question on my school's evaluation is 1-5, with 1 being the best and 5 the worst. All the other questions on the evaluation are 1-5, with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst.
  12. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Most of the process is the same everywhere. What changes is how much of a intradepartmental political fight the decision process is, and that doesn't correlate with any "tier" of school.
  13. Extracurricular commitments?

    Estimate how much you think you can do, and then do half that.
  14. What are the hottest specialties in history right now?

    It's not so much that US history isn't a growth field as it is US history PhDs overproduce for the market by a factor of 4:1. I'd say environmental history is really big right now, as well as transnational/Atlantic World history and east Asian history. Digital history is becoming more of a Hilfswissenshaft than a discipline in its own right (rightly so, IMO), and the general resurgence in quant seems to be dying back down a bit.
  15. Distance Ed MA in History

    If you're looking to an MA as a stepping stone for a PhD, no, there are not any online-only programs that I would recommend.