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    Salt Lake City Utah
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    2016 Fall
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    Political Science

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  1. If you have a Professor writing you a recommendation, they aren't going to mind looking over your SOP and providing some pointers. Go into the prior application cycle threads and see what people have to say about what they thought made their applications successful or not. Some people put in those threads that they are willing to share SOPs.
  2. If they were supportive of your transfer during the application process, I'm sure they'll be understanding and a simple thank you will suffice, maybe with some nice notes.
  3. A 4-4 would be a job where you teach four classes a semester. Most professors in my program are on a 2-3, which is more research oriented. Some Universities have 2-2's, and smaller state schools will often have 3-3's. You would have minimal expectations for research in a 4-4 school (probably 2-4 publications while your tenure clock is going, and some of those would be book reviews in peer-reviewed journals). Realistically, getting into 'top schools' is a crap-shoot. You might get in, and having relationships through the Fulbright program might help, but you really should apply widely and
  4. Several thoughts here (current PhD candidate at a lower-tier R1): 1) If you have regional expertise it seems like working for the government would be an option, but I'll assume you've considered this and that you prefer to stay in academia 2) If that's the case, is working at a teaching University an option? Even with a degree from a top-tier program lots of people end up with 4-4's, and there's nothing wrong with that kind of job (except in a world where we've devalued teaching). 3) If you are shooting for an R1, IR theory isn't really going to be what gets you a job. It is not true
  5. This is really a tough decision to make. As someone who struck out on applications, I'd lean toward the funded program because you aren't guaranteed something better. At the same time, an MA makes getting your PhD easier (just because you've read more high-level academic work) and it really could help you get into a better program. I know that's not really all that helpful, lol
  6. Just got it, have been on the waitlist. I'll put it in the results.
  7. PM me if you want more details on UA, I'm in that department and political science. Per your grades, they aren't 'bad', if your application file is good you'll get considered by some programs. The process is really unpredictable, so IMO, applying to a variety of programs is a good idea.
  8. Finally got a rejection from Northwestern. No luck, staying at my current program.
  9. You look like an excellent candidate for any of those places. Judging by the schools you are looking at, Brown, British Columbia, UCLA, Berkeley, University of Delaware, and Cal Santa Cruz might be places to look at. If you are thinking about funded masters programs, Alabama's Women's Studies (really gender and race studies) program places a lot of people into good schools and does a lot of the kind of theory you'd be interested in (and our political science department has two interesting IR theorists in Waleed Hazbun and Daniel Levine you could also take classes from; fair warning, though, Al
  10. PROFILE: Low tier Type of Undergrad Institution: small, state school Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science Undergrad GPA: 3.63 Type of Grad: Large, state school Grad GPA: 3.93 GRE: 161V/154Q/4 Any Special Courses: Letters of Recommendation: three well published critical theorists Research Experience: RAship building a large dataset for which I am writing conference papers now, worked for Correlates of War (doing so again) Teaching Experience: 2 years, excellent teaching reviews Subfield/Research Interests: IR (theory, civil conflict), Political Theory (international ethics, empire, postcoloni
  11. They have Dr. Ashutosh Varshney who is an incredible scholar. If you are thinking about doing ethnic politics as a part of your work he would be an amazing person to be on a committee. Snyder has also done some interesting stuff on the 'resource curse' in civil conflict. I'm sure they have other very good comparative scholars, but those are the two that stick out from the work I've encountered in graduate school.
  12. I've heard that telling them if they send you an offer you will accept it will sometimes move you up the waitlist YMMV. I'd wait for more input.
  13. Northwestern does have a shortlist, but is unlikely to move on it. Good luck to anyone else on it, this is the only offer I have outstanding, so fingers crossed (but fortunately am already in a PhD program).
  14. Is anyone else still waiting to hear from Northwestern? Emailed people again, but no luck.
  15. Notre Dame is a good program, you'd have no guarantee of a better offer after CIR. That being said, a better offer would still be possible, so it's really up to you.
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