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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. Unless you're independently wealthy, there is nothing that anyone with a master's degree from NYU or anywhere else can tell you that would make spending this amount of money worth it (well, I suppose they could say that there's a secret lair full of treasure and gold...)
  2. What specific career path are you envisioning? It’s hard to justify going in debt for a terminal master’s degree, particularly given the present state of the world.
  3. Even historical sociology and anthropology are closer to the narrative form and thematic interests of contemporary historiography than political science is (or at least that was my experience taking interdisciplinary grad seminars and attending regional/thematic workshops).
  4. If you use the search function, you might find an old list that someone compiled years ago. Hey Mods, could this be updated and pinned?
  5. Can you clarify what you mean by this? In general, teaching your own course is worth much more than TA-ing.
  6. But don't do it half-assed. Nothing annoys regional specialists more than Europeanists who don't know what they're talking about pretending to be experts.
  7. 1. Why not keep a list of important fellowships and their deadlines? What do you have to lose by meeting with professors who share your interests (because it will benefit you intellectually, not professionally at this stage ? You will not be able to foresee the ways that your project will develop or the opportunities available for funding your research, but every chance you get to better understand history on the graduate level will help you. 2. I don't think there's any reliable evidence on whether social media helps or hurts you, especially so early in your career. I do want to caution you, though, that tweeting out ideas and sources can make them slip out into the broader academic community in ways that you can't control, and the argument that you were going to feature in your main dissertation article could become common knowledge by the time you put it out there. And having an academic profile too early in graduate school can be distracting or costly if your project changes or your ideas become more sophisticated -- and it will and they will. For what it's worth, for all the talk of facing one's public, I've never heard of any of my graduate school friends getting a job or losing one because of their online presence (certainly not their social media impact in their first few years of the program!). Tallying up my grad school cohort, I can think of only one who has a substantial social media following and meticulously maintained website.
  8. Longtime visitors to this forum are experiencing the strange feeling of deja vu...
  9. It is well established that most graduate students are deeply unhappy. Don't presume that you'll be among the contented minority. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/06/new-study-says-graduate-students-mental-health-crisis.
  10. I've heard this stated by several people on GradCafe, but I'm really not sure this is universal. Some people have vindictive advisors and work in small fields and, if the truth about the advisee's feelings get out, it could cause a crushing rift in an extremely important professional and personal relationship. You really never know how discreet a prospective student will be (oh, sorry, I didn't want to go to X school because I heard from his student that he's/you're a real jerk) and some people work with advisors who have a fit when receiving the slightest criticism. It's a strong disincentive for telling the truth. I said this last year, and I still think it's critical: ask if funding from external fellowships is "banked." That is, if you secure an external fellowship like Fulbright or the SSRC, can you "bank" the stipend the university would otherwise give you and use it in your sixth year. Some schools will effectively appropriate half or more of your external funding, whereas others will give you back all the money that you've saved them plus added benefits for securing a prestigious fellowship. And please ask how competitive students are for external fellowships like Fulbright, SSRC, Ford, CLIR/Mellon, etc.
  11. I'm very glad to hear that. I hope they also adjust their advising so that they can help these students carry out that plan.
  12. Obviously you should get the advice of someone in your field, but it mine (African history) it’s typical to have an Africanist as your main adviser and to work closely with a topical specialist who focuses on another region. There often aren’t enough Africanists at top universities to find a perfect match. The whole point of a topic or theme like the history of science, after all, is that it is supposed to pose coherent questions and contain useful methods for scholars working across geographical regions.
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