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    History PhD

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  1. Asking for Placement Rate in E-mail Correspondence?

    It's perfectly appropriate to ask, but I'd probably direct the question to the DGS and copy the grad programs coordinator or assistant. Depending on the POI, she or he may not know. This is, of course, for the department's placement info. If you want to know a specific faculty member's advising record, then certainly direct your question to that person.
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    @historytothepplThis will not address all of your interests, but can help a bit on the public history part. If you are looking to obtain your PhD in Public History (as opposed to History while specializing in museum studies or something), then your choice of schools is limited. To my knowledge, the only schools that specifically offer a PhD in Public History are North Carolina State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Loyola University Chicago, and UC Santa Barbara and UC Sacramento (joint program). If your goal is not to get a Public History PhD, then I think your choices open up more. I think the type of program you apply to should be based on your career goals. As more and more people obtain specialized degrees in public history (there are several MA programs out there), museums, heritage sites, etc. are increasingly looking for people with those degrees, although it is completely possible to still work in the museum field without having a specific "public history" degree. I am very familiar with NC State's Public History program, if you have any questions.
  3. Finding Graduate Placements

    I might be wrong, but I think the AHA only requests the following information from graduate programs on a yearly basis: # of new students enrolled in each degree program; total students enrolled (part & full time, per degree); # of degrees awarded per degree. I don't think they collect data on job placements, but I could be wrong. Anyone have a clear idea? The information on placements is notoriously difficult to track down. Each department (and graduate school by extension) has to collect this data from their graduates on an ongoing basis and keep it up to date. Some schools do a better job than others. The first place you will want to look is on the history department's website for each institution you want to consider (which it sounds like you are doing). Georgetown does a great job of keeping on top of their placements. Others, like Duke, may have a placement page listed on their website, but have not kept up with tracking this information. If you can't find any information on a given department's site, the next place you might look is the Graduate School's website. You could email the graduate programs assistant, or (possibly) the director of graduate studies, for each program you are interested in to request this information. They should have a better idea about recent placements.
  4. Fall 2018 Applicants

    If you apply to Duke for the MA, make sure you reach out to the DGS or your POI. Duke doesn't typically admit students for a terminal MA, unless there is a special case. I cannot speak to application cycles prior to 2016, but for the last 2 years the department has not admitted a single terminal MA student. The department does, however, advertise that it has an MA program because it admits many students directly from undergrad and allows them to get an MA en route to the PhD, which is common. All this is to say, just make sure speak with someone before spending time and money on your application.
  5. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Check out Duke. Your interests sound very similar to my own, except that I also look at social movements in an international/transnational context. In addition to faculty that fit your interests, Duke also has a Center for Documentary Studies, which has become a hub for research on and with SNCC activists.
  6. WS questions

    Yes, you can omit the cover page; it is not necessary. If you are asking if admissions committees care that you wrote the paper for professor X, the answer is no, they do not care--- not even for your top choice program. It sounds like you are applying as an "Americanist." In this case, you should edit your *best* paper to fit the page requirements. By your best paper, I mean the one that showcases your historical interests (period, region, theme, theory, etc.), writing competency, and research skills (sources and methods). This may require some hard choices when it comes to cutting, but this can be a very useful exercise. Best of luck!
  7. How long was your master's thesis?

    Mine ended up being 50,338 words, or 201 double spaced pages. This included my front matter, intro, 4 chapters, conclusion, and bib.
  8. Fall 2017 applicants

    20 hours is a common way for the graduate school to classify your employee status for payroll purposes. It does not necessarily mean that you will be working 20 hours every week. The amount of work you will have will likely vary by week, with weeks in which they take an exam or turn in a paper being heavier workload weeks, since you will likely be doing most or all of the grading.
  9. Fall 2017 applicants

    I agree 100%
  10. Fall 2017 applicants

    I love Lara Putnam's work! Out of my region and periodization, but so good! Congrats!
  11. Interview (attire) Advice

    I agree with "dressy casual." Nice slacks and a nice sweater sounds perfect. Don't even worry about heals.
  12. Fall 2017 applicants

    Welcome! I assume you are applying to programs this year? Good luck!
  13. Fall 2017 African History Applicants

    I study twentieth-century cultural transformations in the United States as they relate to foreign relations; how domestic ideas of race, political economy, technology and mass communications, etc. influence U.S. foreign affairs at the policy-making level, as well as how policymakers attempt to wield culture as a tool of diplomacy (public diplomacy, if you will). I'm particularly interested in state-orchestrated or sponsored cultural programs during the Cold War: cultural and educational exchange programs, propaganda and information activities, foreign lobbying,and multinational business relations as they relate to policy matters. How does South Africa tie in? I'm interested in SA as a site of US public diplomacy in the postwar era; however, I'm also very interested in South Africa's global public relations campaign during apartheid, particularly in the aftermath of the collapse of the Portuguese empire in southern Africa. Thus, I also plan to study the United States as a site of South African public diplomacy. Generally speaking, then, I plan to write my dissertation on US-South African relations during the Cold War, focusing on cultural/public diplomacy and giving special attention to how domestic social/political movements and cultural shifts in the United States and South Africa impact relations at the level of state. ...at least for now
  14. Fall 2017 African History Applicants

    I'm considering developing a major field in African history; I will certainly have a minor field. I work on U.S.-South African relations, social and political history, and transnational movements. It's good to see others out there working on South African history!
  15. Fall 2017 applicants

    Best of luck in the homestretch, everyone! If you have any questions about schools or living in NC, let me know.