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  1. Just take it. Move on afterward and focus on what you can control-- the writing sample and statement of purpose. If you don't get anywhere this year, you can always retake the GRE.
  2. In short: summer before for programs, mid-fall for professors. And kindly use the search functions to see a variety of answers to your question.
  3. It's okay to mention but as long as you mention the core faculty first, you're fine. Departments do like to know that you have identified areas of resources on the campus to help you achieve your goals!
  4. From my experience, it is helpful to be in touch with professors during the application process so that they can be aware (hopefully) of your research potential and actually look at your application. If they give a damn and don't get your application, they will find out where your application went (immediate desk reject before distributing to the faculty?). Yes, I got a lot of rejections with a 3.1 undergrad GPA and meh MA GPA and low GRE score (I had language issues) and it took several cycles with different groupings of schools. Ultimately, it's a matter of faculty being persuaded by your commitment to producing good research and a promising dissertation, who's currently sitting on the graduate admissions committee, who else is applying in your field, and, well, the size of your field.
  5. 3.01 GPA is just making the cut-off for general graduate school admissions as well as funding if it's competitive. However, your veteran status may give people a second look at your application. I can't say for sure about MA programs-- you will need to consult their websites and email the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) with additional questions that are not found on the website. You'll want to be sure that you explain your research interests and purpose of earning a MA.
  6. Foucault has been such an influence that my adviser told me to throw out my mention of Foucault in my research proposal because, well, unless you're literally and directly engaging with Foucault's work. Otherwise, it looks like a throwaway sentence at this point.
  7. I would definitely add NYU to the list. If you are undecided at this stage, I'd take time off, really. It takes a long time to polish the statement of purpose and writing sample and usually deadlines are around the beginning of December to mid-December. Most people use their polished portions of their senior thesis (or master's in MA programs) for writing sample. You want to put forward the best foot possible as entering PhD programs is still extremely competitive. Even at places like Brandeis and GW get over 100 applications for only 3-6 spots. Most people have found taking a year off worthwhile, especially if they haven't really had a chance to study abroad or take a gap year since high school. Have you considered exploring the transnational links between women in the United States and in Europe, especially the Soviet Union? Take a look and see if it's worth learning Russian, German or French as a second language. Tony Michels at Wisconsin is certainly in your area of interest (though not so much on gender but I think one of his grad students does...) and he's using Yiddish to explore the Jewish connection between the US and Soviet Russia.
  8. TMP

    Comp prep question

    At this point, entering into my 8th (and final!) year, my comps feel like another lifetime. I do agree with both @Sigaba and @AP. DO go to the job talks in your department even if no other graduate student does. Even if it's not in your field. Do it. You're going because you need to see how job candidates draw out big themes in his or her work to connect to the audience and how the audience-- faculty members in DIFFERENT fields-- find ways to connect. I recall one job talk by a 18th century French cultural historian and a 20th century Chinese cultural historian raised his interest and question to her project. "I'm a Chinese historian BUT I LOVE your work on cultural networks of presses in France! Here's my question...." Not only this but you will be SO far ahead of the game from your peers. Do ask what the committee member's expectation is. Every person is going to be different. Either I was awful at phrasing my questions of "what are we really going to talk about?" as @Sigaba warned of, or my committee was reluctant to be specific, either way, I actually failed my oral exam for that reason (among a few other critical areas). Once I picked up the pieces (with the help of my saint adviser), we were able to outline clear expectations in writing. Only with this list was I able to determine when I was truly ready to re-take my oral exam. Truthfully, try to have at least one committee member who is very down-to-earth (but intense), patient, and "harmless" (like a whale shark among the white sharks). The person will make a huge, huge difference to your sanity. I had a senior, top-of-the-field professor who had nothing to lose in her ranking by throwing soft balls in my way while everyone else (including my adviser) wanted to engage deeper, provoking, out-of-the-left field questions. I could not wait for her turn during the orals. It's okay to be traumatized, even if you have (mostly) nice group of professors who mean well. Until that point, you will never have experienced that kind of stress. (Ask me again the spring when I finish my dissertation and whether that was more stressful...)
  9. I would definitely wait. You need more time to establish relationships with these new professors and for them to see how you work and think like a historian. They will better able to describe you and offer more concrete examples in their letters, not a write a boiler template. You'll also be able to present a more polished writing sample and statement of purpose. A year away from academia in preparation for the PhD has never killed anyone-- as far as I know
  10. @Sigaba Can't help but point out this wonderful homophone typo that's so apt from the perspective of the patriarchy. @historygeek, agreed. Put all of that away and just focus on your final papers. They will take up more time than you think.
  11. Studying for PhD comprehensive exams is the trick
  12. This is quite easy. You're interested in the question of the body and how it functioned in the discourses of gender, beliefs, and public health in different geographical contexts. This is grounded in your interest in how cultural and scientific ideas of the body migrated from one place to another. Physicians, magicians, and related people did travel, after all.
  13. there is no "average." Some people can financially afford a lot of applications. Some people have uncommon interests that they just can't apply widely as they'd like. Some people are constrained by their families' needs. Do what's best for YOU.
  14. What @Sigaba is suggesting is that reading the author's reviews of others' works gives insight on his/her areas of expertise and how s/he read works slightly outside of his/her realm. Few reviewers ever get to review books directly related to their work because they're already part of the conversations that helped the author shape the book, which, in turn, the author thank them in their acknowledgments. As such, people mentioned in the acknowledgments aren't permitted to review the book in question. Reading the author's reviews of other books gives you a sense of how critically s/he engages with the scholarship and research and his/her capacity to be even-handed. Most scholars are fair but you get the occasional outliers who are extremely critical of others' in a negative sense and their own works will usually reflect their self-righteousness.
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