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Everything posted by ajaxp91

  1. Strangely enough this has already been studied (e.g. GIS links, production networks, network topology, graphing, etc.). I distinctly remember this issue obtaining "pop-culture" status when the New Scientist magazine wrote an article about a 2011 PLOS One study by Battiston, Glattfelder, and Vitali (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0025995). It was released right around the time that OWS protests began, so naturally the media was overly excited about it. The research identified a significant number of transnational corporations which had ownership of global
  2. After explaining that I've applied to grad schools: Response 1): "Ohhhhh....*grimace face*" Response 2): "But you can stay at your job if things don't go well, right?" (e.g. yeah, this may not work out for you. Don't quit your day-job. Literally.) Response 3): "[insert obscure, most likely deceased relative] was a professor! It's in the family!!!!" Response 4): "You'll make a great teacher. Wait...can you do things other than teaching with a Ph.D.?" Response 5): "Where are you going to go? Oh you have to wait on an acceptance? Well, have you heard any news yet? No? So when will you kn
  3. I can't see why they wouldn't let you select Political Economy as a sub-field under IR, and Dr. Cohen would be a great choice. Are you specifically interested in fiscal and monetary policy? I'm primarily interested in working with Dr. Bimber, among one or two others. And yes, I've completed my SOP. Have you finished yours?
  4. I'm applying to the doctoral program at UCSB as well. What research emphasis are you selecting? I chose American Politics and Methods.
  5. I know you meant this as a negative...but embarrassingly, it's giving me hope. If it makes you feel any better, know that coming from the Economics field affords me absolutely no confidence in this situation. And I've been doing the exact same thing with my SOP. It improves with each go, albeit with diminishing returns. But it does bother me because then I worry about the quality of what I've already submitted. Who knows, eventually it may devolve into a crayon scrawled note saying "admit me, thanks."
  6. While I'm inclined to agree with jazzrap, maybe these sorts of supplemental essays play a role in finding funding from University sources. I recall one U.C. app stating this, more or less. So maybe it's not a big deal in initial admissions rounds, but counts later?
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