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    Continental Philosophy - Critical Theory PhD

    You're probably going to have to be more specific about your research interests in order to get relevant recommendations. Continental political philosophy and critical theory are BIG fields.
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    Undergrad vs Masters LORs

    While I think it could be a red flag to have no letter of recommendation from your master's degree, I think one master's LOR and 2 from your undergrad is perfectly reasonable, especially since it was only a 1 year program. As @WildeThing says, the most important factor is that they are strong letters, but there are some politics beyond that, which could play a role. However, a strong letter from your thesis advisor should resolve that.
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    Transfer Advice

    Since it seems part of your desire to transfer stems from concerns about the job market, it probably worth noting that the job market for medievalists is probably worse than for philosophy generally. And since, you make it sound like you'd like an R1 position, it's probably also worth mentioning (beyond the fact that it's extremely hard for anyone to get an R1 position) that the one place where medievalists actually get hired (semi-)regularly is at Catholic colleges and universities (which, with a few notable exceptions, means smaller teaching colleges). None of this is to deter you. It may still make sense to transfer, but these are good things to think about going in. It would also probably behoove you for the job market to demonstrate a competency in related field (if you work on medieval metaphysics, make sure you can teach a class on contemporary metaphysics, or gain the skills to teach an into ancient or early modern class). That means picking a programs that can facilitate your development in the related field as well as medieval philosophy. Probably not worth your time Not quite sure what you mean by two letter from one prof. I think it's fine to have one letter from undergrad, the other two should probably come from your current program. Double check the retirement status of the medievalists at this program. Eleonore Stump, for example, could plausibly retire at any time. Don't alienate professors or other grad students at you current program. It's always possible that your transfer attempt fails, which means you will need to be working with these people for another 4+ years.
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    List of Analytical Schools

    A lot of this is going to depend on what you mean by "analytic" but I would say that the majority of PhD granting programs are analytic in some sense or another. There's a world of difference between David Lewis style metaphysics, naturalistic approaches to philosophy of mind, or Rawlsian political philosophy even though those could all be understood as "analytic." A lot of people will claim that the Philosophical Gourmet Report (here) is representative of analytic philosophy. I'm not sure that's quite right, but it's at least a good starting place, especially if you take a look at the specialty rankings. (A lot of people will complain about the PGR on here and there are certainly some legitimate concerns which you can easily find by looking around these boards, but I don't think they entirely negate it's value.)
  5. I can't speak for every program, but in the programs I'm familiar with (all in the humanities), the admissions committee typically doesn't even read application materials until after the submission deadline. The sciences might be a different story, but for English programs it shouldn't make any difference whatsoever whether you hit submit the day things are due or a month beforehand.
  6. @merry night wanderer has listed some good strategies. One other strategy that I might recommend is to read the acknowledgments section of important (recent) books in your field. A good place to start would be with those books that have had an impact on your scholarship. You will quickly see that academia runs in networks (or cliques if you prefer). You may also realize that your field can be divided into multiple networks that approach things in different ways. Having a good idea of where these fault lines run and where you want to situate yourself along them is instrumental to professionalization later in grad school, and showing some awareness of it as an applicant certainly can't hurt. Bibliographies can also be enlightening in this respect (I love bibliography hopping) but is somewhat less instructive in terms of networks, since it's not uncommon to cite people you strongly disagree with.
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    Current English PhD students - Q&A

    In my experience, it can be a pain in the ass when not everyone has the same pagination (and you may be left behind in discussion if everyone else has the same pagination and you don't). That being said, there's almost always someone in class who has a different edition. This has been especially tricky, albeit somewhat unavoidable, in cross-listed courses where some students are reading the original and some are reading an English translation. If you choose to split the difference (buy some with the recommended edition and some the cheapest) then I'd definitely try to buy the recommended edition for anything that's been translated.
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    Is it ever acceptable to back out of an offer after the deadline?

    @maxhgns provides some very good advice. However it is worth noting that given the notorious competitiveness of philosophy PhD admissions, the old idiom "one bird in hand is better than two in the bush" may be applicable. Not that such a warning should be decisive, but I wouldn't dismiss it too easily either. You have an admission to a PhD program, and there is no guarantee that you will be equally successful next time (of course it's also possible you're much more successful the second time around).
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    Is stipend taxed?

    Generally speaking: stipends are income and are taxed accordingly. Despite a close call involving shithead Republicans in congress, tuition waivers and scholarships used to pay for tuition are still tax free.
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    UChicago MPPSS or MAPH?

    I could be convinced otherwise, but it's not obvious to me that a program's reputation as a cash cow is unrelated to it's reputation in terms of placement. Furthermore, while prestige can be very important when considering PhD programs, I tend to think it's less important for an MA. I'd take a funded 2 years masters from a less prestigious university over a paid masters from an elite institution any day, but that's just me...
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    UChicago MPPSS or MAPH?

    I wouldn't be so quick to claim this. Yes, U Chicago obviously has a strong reputation, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the reputation transfers to all programs. If you look around these boards, you'll find numerous threads arguing (for good reasons) that these programs are really cash cows for the university. (MAPSS seems to have a somewhat better reputation than MAPH in this respect). That's not to say that one can't gain a lot from one of these programs, but given the high tuition cost and low financial aid resources, it is often not an ideal situation.
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    Prestigious program or not?

    I think there's some truth to this. However, one thing I would definitely do in the OPs position is obtain a list of former advisees of the professors you'd be interesting in working with and see where they are now (this is perhaps less helpful for advisees pre-2008, but still a good exercise). It's possible that at the lower ranked institution there are handful of professors that do a very good job of placing their students. If so and if those professors are the one's the OP would like to work with, that might mitigate some of the concerns regarding rank. (Although I do think that @ExileFromAFutureTime makes a very valid point that's worth considering).
  13. I beg to differ on this one. There are certainly some questions that you can't ask to some people but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be asked. They just need to be asked discreetly to the right person. Typically, these are the sort of things that you should ask grad students in a casual environment removed from professors, such as: -Which professors shouldn't be put on committees together? -Is the stipend enough to live on/what do students do to support themselves beyond the stipend? -What is Professor X's reputations as an advisor? -How prepared to students feel on the job market? How successful have recent grads been? -Are their factions/cliques among the grad students? Among the professors? -How many students leave the program before completion? Why do they leave? -How flexible rigid are the course/program requirements? -Where do faculty and students butt heads? I could go on, but that should give you an idea of the sort of things you really do want to know and should do your best to find out on a visit. Some of these you could ask to professors, but seeing as they're trying to convince you to attend, grad students are the better ones to ask. They too might be trying to sell the program but they were in your shoes more recently and thus are more apt to be more candid about their experience. Plus professors can be pretty oblivious about some of these things. You should definitely broach these topics tactfully, but they are by no means off limits.
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    Current English PhD students - Q&A

    @Warelin is certainly right that this is complicated, but I would suggest there are some patterns at work here. I think some programs do quite well at placing their students in permanent, TT positions, but rarely, if ever, place a student at an R1. Other programs might be more hit and miss in terms of placement, but the students they do place often end up at R1 universities. If you look around, I wouldn't be surprised if a handful of PhD programs produce 70+% of professors at R1 institutions (this is certainly true in my field, which is a non-anglophone literature). Academia can be pretty incestuous and this is especially true at the upper echelon of research universities. The catch, however, is that students from these programs often get overlooked for more teaching focused jobs. Someone with a PhD from an elite private university which does quite well at placing students suggested that people from that program rarely, if ever, got interviews from smaller, public universities. There are also other factors, such as regional notoriety (some programs place quite well at universities in the same part of the country but don't have as strong of a national reputation) or religious affiliation (PhD programs at Catholic universities tend to place quite well at other Catholic colleges/universities, all else being equal).

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