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  1. 2018 AHA Program Released

    Yes!! My panel got a great time slot. See you in Washington!
  2. To outline or not

    I do, and it saves me lots of time later on.
  3. Book Review as Publication?

    Actually, I think the subheadings will come in due time, especially if, as the OP said, they have very few publications. @miami421 you should clarify it is a review and you'll be fine.
  4. Stance on re-using personal statements?

    Maybe I didn't express myself properly. They had your materials. You were missing a LOR. They could go back to the LOR while they waited. OP is asking about reusing SOP. I'm not arguing they saved their SOP. I'm saying it is a different document for the AdComm to revise. You didn't want to judge your PhD admittance with the previous one, right?
  5. Stance on re-using personal statements?

    Yes, but LORs and SOPs are different things. We are responsible for SOPs, so if our advisors give the same LOR is up to them.
  6. Stance on re-using personal statements?

    Oh, ok. Well, I wouldn't use exactly the same SoPs. Trying to paraphrase parts of them is a good idea because it shows you gave some thought to the application cycle. But I would start from scratch.
  7. Your input in that class won't come because you think as a historian. It will come because you don't. You are in an interdisciplinary program, so ask interdisciplinary questions. I enjoyed having people from other in my history classes because they were not historians: they helped me think outside of the history box.
  8. Stance on re-using personal statements?

    I don't mean to sound harsh but do you think AdComms remember your SoPs? You should update them in order to show sensitivity to the changes in your life (in theory you are one year more intellectually mature) and in theirs (if any. Eg: any major changes school/department-wise?). Remember that the fact that one SoP worked a year ago doesn't mean it will work again: AdComms change, the application pool is different, etc. But I would certainly recycle properly. Do you have a similar project? If so, paraphrase it somehow. Also, do you think of mentioning that you applied and were accepted?
  9. Fall 2018 Applicants

    @hats I see what you mean, and your response clarifies a lot, thank you for that. Because of the sources for some chronologies/places, we have to adapt our methods. Historians are very flexible about methods, or at least I was trained like this. Given the tight job market, we are more and more creative on how we 'read' sources and how we engage with other disciplines. What I mean to say is that it wouldn't surprise me if an archaeologist has a history professorship. (I have friends in Anthro, Hispanic Studies, Film Studies, and Art History departments, all trained historians). But you are making an excellent question which you should continue to bring up in your seminars/conversations.
  10. How many schools should I apply to?

    My response is always the same: as many as you can afford money-wise and application-materials-wise.
  11. Hello! I wanted to chip in. Begin with three literature reviews and write a summary of the book in your own words. Identify big themes (race, ethnicity, immigration, etc) Jot down the table of contents Skim through notes and index to have an idea of what sources/archives the author uses, who they are engaging with, and what is the main focus in that big theme (e.g.: immigration in the Caribbean because you spotted Cuba, Jamaica, and Haiti). Read intro and take notes of main argument and chapters synopsis. Read one chapter (at this point you should have enough information to choose) Read conclusion. I also encourage everyone to have a look (if you haven't already) at Dr. Raul Pacheco's tips for note-taking, reading, identifying theses, etc. This is an excellent resource which I regret discovering only recently.
  12. Fall 2018 Applicants

    I agree with you in that 'Pre-Columbian' is a very artificial watershed for us to categorize the history of one whole continent. Although we use it in Latin American History, I concur it is not easily applicable to the territories north of Nueva España. Yet, I couldn't understand how your two questions were connected. Historians that study the Maya civilization are historians. Art historians that study Maya art are art historians. Archaeologists that undertake digs in Yucatán are archaeologists. The discipline is informed by the questions and the methods, not by the object of study (which is a great thing, because it means we can collaborate with scholars of other disciplines). But I think I missed something in your post and suspect I didn't understand correctly. Not necessarily.
  13. I'm also very sorry about this. I hope everything turns out the best way possible. I wanted to throw an idea. I don't know how big your university is, but have you thought of your husband getting a job there? In many cases for some job openings, they look for internal applicants. Maybe if you know some staff they can help you with this. I have a student job but I work with regular staff and because of this I knew of a job opening in Parking & Transportation for a friend who was kicked out of our program with a MA. If you have any close mentor in your program, I'd talk to them under strict confidentiality. They may know of more resources and help you make the right decision at the right time. My two cents.
  14. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Focus on the main questions, not the area. I mean, of course you'd want a Americanist, but don't search for someone who does exactly what you do. Search for someone that can help you with your questions.
  15. TAing for prof with poor 'rate my prof' score

    I'd like to chip in with some extra advice. All sorts of teaching can be educational for TAs. In the worst case scenario, where the professor is actually a messy, unfair, dull cartoon, you can see situations that you would handle differently: the what-not-to-do situations. If this professor is in fact a bad professor (in what ever sense this could be), then you can think of ways in which you would do things differently. Here are a bunch of possible questions you can observe: Are they disorganized? (How would you organize your classes?) Are they unfair? How? (How would you handle the issues more fairly?) Are they boring/disengaging? (How would you engage students?) Do they have a bad presence in the class? (low voice, monotone, hiding behind desk, etc) You can imagine others. Also, the bright side of being a bad professor's TA is that you can meet with them periodically, ask questions about the reasons for ways they handle things, and even make suggestions. (Of course, this depends a lot on other factors. I TAed for my advisor so I was a little confident in making suggestions).