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AfricanusCrowther last won the day on October 25 2016

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About AfricanusCrowther

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    2016 Fall
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    History - PHD

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  1. AfricanusCrowther

    When to start looking at/for programs?

    If by "looking at" you mean researching the strengths and weaknesses of various programs, why not start now?
  2. OP, I think it's important that if you're going to go down the history of science/computing history, you take a higher level seminar in STS sooner rather than later (assuming you haven't already). Or at least pick up an STS reader. You might find the mind-bending, theory-laden writing about historical epistemology bracing and fascinating. Or...
  3. First, I would make sure to ask yourself if this is really what you want to devote the next 7-9 years to. A history degree is hardly more marketable than computer science. I would also think hard about why you want to study history, what specific historical questions interest you, and whether contemporary academic scholarship matches your intellectual and artistic vision. There is a list of funded history master’s programs that frequently gets mentioned and linked to. I would start there; I think a PhD would be a tall order at this point. A history master’s would give you the opportunity to focus your interests, but I wouldn’t take out debt for it. Hope someone can answer the CS question.
  4. AfricanusCrowther

    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    If you sustain this interest in disease, I hope you have the chance to take medical sociology/anthropology of medicine courses. These classes were much more helpful for my thinking about disease and medicine issues than my history of medicine courses. The contemporary focus may seem remote, but many sociologists and anthropologists are very interested in plural conceptions of disease and the body, so it might be more useful than you would assume.
  5. AfricanusCrowther

    How to take notes- in history specifically?

    Not really an answer to the OP's question, but you'll definitely want to take notes on all your seminar readings for your exams.
  6. AfricanusCrowther

    Certification and teaching at Charter Schools, Prep Schools, etc.

    Private high schools, particularly the most "prestigious" and wealthiest ones, will hire PhDs without any teaching certificates or degrees.
  7. AfricanusCrowther

    Laptops for Historians

    Another way to get discounts on computers is through open-box deals. I've bought my two most recent computers and my tablet through Best Buy or Amazon open box, and they all work great and were discounted by a couple hundred bucks.
  8. AfricanusCrowther

    Ranking or Advisor? What matters most in picking a PhD program?

    Unless either of these institutions is truly renowned in your field (e.g., MSU for African history or Georgetown for Mideast history, which are really rare examples), look at your prospective advisors' placement records. If neither have placed many students, compare funding and research resources.
  9. AfricanusCrowther

    Which languages should I focus the most on?

    One way to do this is to think about what burning historical questions you want to answer. Then, think about which region and time period is best suited for answering those questions. This exercise will also help you move beyond “a love of history” as a motivation for a PhD, which is not really sufficient to sustain a dissertation’s worth of research.
  10. AfricanusCrowther

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    I agree with your advice. I wonder if someone could help this student find resources to work on languages while outside the academy. I worked through a grammar book of Swahili before I applied to programs, and that coupled with some courses from college gave me passable reading knowledge -- of a language I promptly forgot and have never used since coming to graduate school.
  11. AfricanusCrowther

    Applications 2019

    I have referred to everyone in my own institution by their first name from the get-go and haven’t had issues.
  12. AfricanusCrowther

    Do top grad schools care about your course load?

    Didn’t matter at all in my case, as far as I know.
  13. AfricanusCrowther

    Applications 2019

    Other strong Africanist programs to consider the next time around: UCLA, Northwestern, UNC (it's a new program there but with great faculty), UIUC, Indiana. BTW, did Cooper retire?
  14. AfricanusCrowther

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    Ditto. Funding at my program is is constant disarray, thanks to an austerity plan imposed by the trustees. I still think it's valuable to ask as much as possible about funding on your visiting day, if only to suss out these fiscal crises. But once you accept, get everything in writing.
  15. AfricanusCrowther

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    Here’s an important one, if you work outside the US: what is the grad schcool’s policy on banked semesters for external fellowships? That is, if you win a year-long fellowship (Fulbright, SSRC), do you get an extra year of funding “banked,” or do they just take your money?

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