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Everything posted by bees

  1. Yes, professors willing to pick up the phone and calling colleagues goes a long way.
  2. I would just google some syllabi and see whose books you like and work out that way who you want to work with.
  3. McDermott likely off to USC. Good young assistant professors, though, like Jordan Branch who already is publishing in IO and other places.
  4. Good research design skills are worth developing. So many papers demonstrate great quant skills but fall down based on research design flaws.
  5. I'd pick USC as a school on the way up.
  6. I wouldn't just look at programs for the sake of programs, but look at schools with more than one professor whose work you admire.
  7. Why do you think political 'science' needs more mathematical rigor? I think it needs all kinds of different methodological rigor, but math is hardly the only game in town. Alas, we are all now unthinking KKV drones. All grad students should be made to read Patrick Thaddeus Jackson's book on Political Science and methods of inquiry.
  8. Ah, political theorists! You foolish but wonderful people! Is there someone's work there that you particularly admire? I would email them and pose the question. You never know the politics between programs and departments unless you're on the inside.
  9. If you can find a fully-funded Masters program then why not, but most schools use Masters as cash-generators, I am afraid.
  10. That's who I was thinking of. Pat James, Brian Rathbun etc. And adding faculty a lot recently which is a good sign of health.
  11. Exactly! I seem to remember the People's Front of Judea had started an alternative site but for the life of me I can't remember what it was.
  12. Kendra, if I may, I think you may be over-thinking this. You're clearly very smart and would be a very competitive applicant. Which Americanist political scientist do you most admire? Which sub-field? Go to the Annual Review of Political Science, pick out a few of the articles that sound most interesting to you in terms of your substantive interests and see if you could see yourself doing that kind of work in the future. My guess is that you'll find stuff that suits both your interests and your abilities.
  13. Has that nest of vipers been spammed into extinction? Or have they all migrated somewhere else? Not that I recommend listening to anything people say there (unless you are a therapist and then please do!) but the job market wiki was good...
  14. Generally PhD, but the MAs are often seen as money-raisers for the university. I guess some people get funding from a load of others who get none but want the brand. The only problem with DC-area PhD programs is that often the professors are off doing consulting work rather than working closely with grad students.
  15. There's always language training at places like Middlebury, Indiana, Arizona State etc
  16. Masters or PhD? Good luck if with PhD- traditionally loads of problems re.funding but DC is a great town.
  17. TRIPS is decent too. To be honest, the main thing is 'do they place their students?' (bear in mind that starter jobs tend to be 20-40 places below your grad school on average) and who, and how closely, would you be working with? If you have a close working relationship with a faculty member who is pleasant, will write letters for you, and make 5 years of your life a non-miserable existence, then that's great.
  18. NRC rankings here: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Resdoc/
  19. I would start with some philosophy of science. Get yourself a copy of Curd and Cover, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson's new book, download some ISA President Addresses and start thinking broadly about how you approach looking at social issues. You can read endless papers when you get there and there are 4 million quals reading lists online which show the canon.
  20. Yeah, they only started a joint program two or three years ago, from what I understand, because before that it was IR and Pol Sci before. So the 11 placements are from that recent time period.
  21. Call Veri, the graduate assistant. If you have yet to hear, you are probably on the waitlist.
  22. Some big names: McCubbins, Tickner and some established scholars like Odell, James etc. Solid program. Placements are good and getting better.
  23. Ha! Yes, I guess so. Probably no one had written much on the board since acceptances or something. Anyway, hopefully it might be useful for someone out there.
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