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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. Have you considered doing fully-funded MA programs? You would not be the first international student to do it, even on their own country's history. Getting MA here in the US will help you in many ways - your English, familiarity with US academic and university cultures (we are really, really different here!), and having connections with professors who will know others who can work with you at the PhD level. The ranking of MA institution does not matter AS much as that of the PhD. The best MA programs for Russian/Soviet history will likely have Title VIII funding to establish Center for Russ
  2. Agreed here. Make sure that your PhD adviser would be the FIRST to know.... not through rumors. To deceive your department for that long might be hard to do because you will need to build collegial relationships (and you will through graduate seminars) in order to survive (and thrive) in a grueling MA/PhD program. If you alienate yourself deliberately, believe me, no one will then care and ignore you. But then again, it's a long time to be lonely. I've seen it happened -- those folks had to build a life, like, literally, outside of the university in order to make it to "mastering out."
  3. Even if you get a response something like "Thanks for letting me know. I look forward to reading your application" or "Thanks for your note, it was delightful to speak with you as well." or any version of that.... keep your expectations low. You don't know what the application pool looks like and a lot of times it's beyond, beyond your control.
  4. "Throughout history.... " or anything like that will elicit groans. Make a bold, declarative opening sentence.
  5. I'd list all the history courses for History PhD and science courses that would have some relevancy to your research interests.
  6. Keep in mind, a positive sign from your POI (Person of Interest) should still be taken with a grain of salt. You never know what the ultimate pool will look like. Notwithstanding, this is a good start to begin networking for your PhD career and beyond.
  7. 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?
  8. 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!
  9. @Tiglais still the best person on this forum.
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. @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
  14. 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
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