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    History - PHD

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  1. Once I got to intermediate proficiency, reading newspapers in my research languages first thing in the morning was very helpful.
  2. What are your research questions? And why did these professors find your approach un-historical? I wouldn't say the contemporary discipline is necessarily antagonistic to textualist methods (although studies of representation have fallen somewhat out of fashion), but historians do care about how texts inform our understanding of the society that produced them. Making meaning out of texts for its own sake is generally not what historians do, and even intellectual historians balance text and context to enrich our understanding of both.
  3. Sounds like a great opportunity -- but one research paper might not cut it. I would take any chance you can get in your last quarter to take on additional research projects.
  4. Can you provide additional information about what this "summer research institute" will entail? You have your work cut out for you. Most people will think that the ship has sailed. IMHO, the most important thing you can do right now is figure out what sorts of questions historians answer, what kinds of claims they make, and how they use evidence to support their claims. Being an academic means contributing to the production of historical knowledge and pushing debates within the field. Read academic history journals (I'd start with the American Historical Review, the Hispanic American Hist
  5. In my department, advisors are publicly assigned to students upon entry and in practice it is regarded as a sign of a serious problem if you have to change your advisor. In one's first year the advisor plays important roles in shaping the course of study for the student. I recognize that other history programs are more flexible, but I'm not sure what you mean by "no one owes you an explanation." Surely if the program has given this person an "interim advisor" they can ask what this term signifies.
  6. I would ask the person who you wanted to work with what's going on. The "interim" modifier makes it sound like your POI is going on leave next year. It is useful to get your advisor-advisee relationship set in writing before the start of your program. You can change advisors, but you will want to know who you report to in your first year. (In my first year, the person with whom I wanted to work gradually became more distant and eventually ceded ceded responsibility for me altogether to his colleague. All of this was unbeknownst to me until much later.)
  7. If your entire sense of self-worth is dictated by the opinions of history professors, get ready for a lifetime of psychological torment. Take it from me: that's no way to live. Constant rejection is an inherent part of grad student/academic life. There's a reason so many graduate students struggle with mental health problems.
  8. You will also want to conduct your own research. What books or articles have inspired you, and were any of them written by faculty based in the southeast who could advise your dissertation? Also, what are your professional goals?
  9. I'm not in your field, but the first ones that come to mind are Duke, UNC, Vanderbilt, Emory, University of Virginia, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Florida.
  10. What are your research interests/questions? What period of US history do you want to work on?
  11. Bear in mind too that even those schools that do hire a lot of PHDs will still desire applicants who appreciate that college teaching and high school teaching are not the same (or so I've heard). When you get to graduate school, talk to the people (faculty or grad students, as the case may be) running the professionalization program in your department to see if you can organize a panel or two on high school teaching featuring those who have made the transition.
  12. I agree with what psstein said about funding. On paper, you sound like a fine candidate, but PhD admissions in history mostly come down to the quality of your written work, especially the strength of your statement of purpose, and how well a department would serve your research interests ("the fit"). In terms of finding programs, think about the important books and articles published on the topics that you want to research and find out where those people are teaching. Then get a sense of how many successful PhD candidates those programs produce. If in doubt, consult Google Scholar. I
  13. If you have multiple strong recommenders at your MA program that can speak to your abilities as a professional historian in training, I don't think your undergrad experience will matter much, if at all. If you are applying to a school that asks for a personal statement, talk about your growth in that essay. If the school calls for only a statement of purpose, you might mention it, but briefly. The SOP is mainly about your research plans and intellectual orientation. In terms of your work experience, I would mention it only if it helps you tell a story about yourself as a future historian
  14. You can work with a great advisor at a great school and still not get a single academic job interview in today's market.
  15. In a way that explains your interests and abilities fully but concisely?
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