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TMP last won the day on November 29 2020

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    Global European/Migration History

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  1. That is incredibly broad topic, which makes it sound like you can apply to most programs. What brings you to the PhD specifically? What books spark your curiosity? Are you interested in transnational or comparative methods?
  2. Have a look at Ohio State. There is strong WGS and Russian/Soviet history faculty. Apparently, OSU has an amazing archive of microfilms from the USSR. One of their PhD candidates is finishing up a fantastic dissertation on LGBTQ in 1980s USSR - won plenty of research fellowships for it!
  3. @Tiglais still the best person on this forum.
  4. I'm not sure. I disagree with @dr. telkanuruin some respects. It depends on your research and teaching goals and how much of the required coursework can be used towards fulfilling the req. hours to complete before candidacy exams/prospectus defense. I was going to do a certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies but realized that I would need to take 2 more courses outside of history and do those after 2 years of coursework in the dept (there were fair amount of offerings). By that point, I was just too burned out to keep going and my committee was pushing me to move along wi
  5. Congrats on a funded MA offer! What kind of jobs would you like to pursue? Do you really need a MA in history for that?
  6. Are you interested in a specific demographic group in the United States? It sounds to me that you may be crossing into Spanish-speaking and Black communities with your interest in medicine, law, and healthcare. As @pssteinindicated, you will want to do some secondary source readings to see what's already out there in your areas of interest. For example, I particularly enjoyed works by Laura Briggs, who focuses on transnational connections between the United States and Latin America with regards to reproductive health and rights, children, and power.
  7. @AP @OHSP @AfricanusCrowtherand @dr. telkanurucan give diverse perspectives on this topic. 1) Keep in mind that public R1s, no matter their rank, are at the mercy of the upper-level university administration. Departments' cohort sizes largely depend on funding availability and undergraduate enrollments (more undergrads = need more TAs). It also depends on the historical record of yields. The negotiations between department chairs, graduate school, and the upper administration are beyond, way beyond the scope, knowledge, and power of most faculty members. 2) There is no such
  8. Honestly, to each their own. I have two friends who are POCs and have taken paths outside of areas that they have deeply personal connections to. One was quite deliberate about it and he loves the clear boundary between their personal/familial identity and their work. The other one simply did a minor field in "their" history as they were looking at actors of this group in a different part of the world. This student actually spent years (combined) living, studying, and researching in that country and had a blast. They were just intellectually curious. The only advice that I can give yo
  9. I second @OHSP's advice to do a funded MA in history. The PhD is very intellectually demanding and does require some moving around (you do need to attend the institution for residency purposes; coursework; and teaching assignment and travel to archives/libraries). The funded MA will allow more freedom to choose your courses and figure out your interests. The PhD basically demands that -- by around 3rd year -- you have a dissertation project that won't change significantly and has a clear plan for completion within 3-5 years. Another difference between the two programs, the PhD programs
  10. Congrats on this unofficial offer. I'd se what the funding package looks like. I would ALSO communicate that you have a full funding offer to attend Oxford for a year and see how they react. $17K is definitely UNLIVABLE in the SF Bay Area. $28K is pushing it, but I'd consult the funding spreadsheet to see if that's typical.
  11. Significant revisions to your writing sample should include your awareness of the historiography. Your SOP will be very important -- as it has been repeated many times on this fora, become familiar with the historiography of the area(s) you're interested in exploring for your PhD and pose interesting questions and ideas.
  12. I would not apply to CU Boulder next year if there are that many faculty leaving. it usually takes several years to get new lines, especially at public universities (Our last modern Japanist retired back in 2012? And still haven't gotten an OK. And it took a good 4 years, I think, for us to get Modern Middle East). I would simply try to get in a funded MA, work on your writing sample to show off your skills as a budding historian including incorporation of foreign language(s), and continue to read on your own.
  13. Don't worry. Wait until after April 15th. You'll usually be given a little time to accept the offer if they make it to you then. @bakesealactually, having a full-funded studentship at Oxford is a *very* big deal and possibly just as good as getting a PhD acceptance at Berkeley. Had you gotten into Berkeley, I would have advised you to defer your admissions if you could and take advantage of this studentship. (I actually had to explain to my non-academic family that my cousin's funding for Cambridge was like winning a lottery and should be celebrated. Not just "oh, that's nice tha
  14. Truthfully, I would really have a one-on-one conversation with history professors on your campus, especially those who have gotten their PhDs after 2008. They will answer a lot of your questions and concerns about how you can be prepared for a PhD in history and give you a realistic picture of what being in PhD is like (2-3 years of coursework, exams, and then 3-5 years of research and writing.... not to mention working avg of 20/wk as a teaching assistant as part of the funding packaga, unless you got fellowships to release you from that obligation). If you want to speed up your Russian,
  15. Dear X, Thank you for all the support that you have given during this process, including the many questions that I had to help me make an informed decision. I have decided, however, to attend Y. I hope that our paths will cross again in the future. Best, Z Then hit send. That's all you have to do. It's all part of the game.
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