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  1. No. In fact it probably won’t be considered much at all.
  2. I wonder if how much it matters that Kruse works in a huge field at a huge department. In my field, where there are great programs that have only two professors who can train students, reaching out before applying seems more valuable. I certainly would not advise anyone to try to schedule a Zoom call in their first email.
  3. I don't see a problem if you specify that you're fully vaccinated and indicate that you completely understand if the person you're emailing is uncomfortable with meeting in person for whatever reason that they will not have to disclose. Why email the DGS, though? Why not a relevant faculty member or current graduate student?
  4. It's possible to publish a journal article as an independent scholar, but it's much harder. Your novel contribution to scholarship has to be much more readily apparent than if you're a senior scholar who is considered a reliable authority on the subject. It's even more challenging to get a book contract with a university press. Book publishers see themselves as investing as much in the scholar as in the book.
  5. You might also look at faculty pages to see if the people who identify as social or economic historians have published books or articles that use advanced statistical methods/cliometrics. My department has produced a couple of quantitative historians whose primary advisor is an economist with a courtesy appointment in history. So I would make sure to look at "Associate Faculty" or "Affiliated Faculty" pages.
  6. You may want to look through recent issues Social Science History -- an important journal for quantitative historical approaches -- to see if there's someone you could work with. You may find that your historical interests are best served by professors whose "home" department are not history, such as sociology or economics. If that's so, you might be able work within a history department supervised by a co-advisor from outside history. Doing so would allow you to refine your understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  7. To add to this, there's been some important work done on the public health activities of radical groups like the Young Lords. Spanish could be useful here.
  8. For the two programs on your list that I am familiar with, those numbers have been pretty consistent for the past 7 years or so. The pandemic caused these programs to limit the number of graduate students they accepted, but that's only because they wanted to redirect some of the pool of money that the university gives them to advanced graduate students. I don't expect these departments to change their practices in light of the lasting consequences of the job market unless told to do so by their universities. Who knows -- maybe there will be some enterprising DGS or Chair who convinces the facu
  9. The two programs (one small, the other large) whose admissions policies I know well accept as many talented students as they can find and the university allows them to take without regard for the job market. I don't think maintaining a pool of cheap labor is the main motivation for this practice (although the ability to teach large lecture courses does matter in an era of declining enrollment). Professors just like having graduate students. Edit: I should clarify that I also know faculty who look carefully at the market in their field and use that to inform their decisions about admitting
  10. This is a frequent topic of consternation among white scholars of Africa. In American academe, these issues tend to be filtered through the lens of race rather than national origin or upbringing, which is to say that a person who identifies as a POC is understood to be entitled to study a predominantly non-white region regardless of their specific ties to that place. This state of affairs is in part a reaction to the fact that African history has been dominated by white American and European scholars from its very beginnings in the 1960s, and especially so after the decimation of African unive
  11. FYI, in almost all universities history of science is one of the fields of study offered by the history department, not a separate department. PhD programs don't care whether your BA or MA is from a history or history of science department. You could easily pursue an MA and work with a historian of science.
  12. Once I got to intermediate proficiency, reading newspapers in my research languages first thing in the morning was very helpful.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.)
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. What are your research interests/questions? What period of US history do you want to work on?
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. You can work with a great advisor at a great school and still not get a single academic job interview in today's market.
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