Comparativist

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    2017 Fall
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  1. University of Toronto

    Probably not much different than the other programs you are applying to.
  2. Just for the record - I am moderate (hold many conservative views, hold many liberal views) in political leaning. In comparison to my peer students and professors, I would be considered conservative on a relative scale. Would you like to know how many times my personal political views, or the view of professors, have come up in 1 on 1 interactions in political science? As many times as I can count on one of my hands. This isn't a discipline where people sit around and sip coffee and have deep intellectual and partisan debates. You are much more likely to argue about how to operationalize some obscure variable or how to read X's book in the case of theory.
  3. Yeah, I am a bit confused as well. Political science is perhaps the biggest, along with economics, discipline that has failed to embrace post-modernism in the social sciences.
  4. You're over thinking this. 1) I don't think it matters whether you are conservative or not. 2) The campaign work isn't going to get you admitted. In fact, it may not have any bearing whatsoever. Ph.D. admissions are about academic experience.
  5. What is a professor?

    A professor has three duties: research, teaching, and service to the university (and discipline at large). What they choose to focus on of those three depends both on the norms of their position and university but also where their interests and strengths are. Not all professors are going to be really good at research, teaching, and administration and/or service. Sometimes some focus on one (or two) at the expense of others. And to answer the second question, yes, it is entirely possible. One thing I think a lot of people don't understand is you should be utilizing their office hours, a lot of grad students expect appointments; but most things can be figured out by dropping in to the time they set aside for students.
  6. I don't think your intentions are the right ones. I have a simple question for you: do you know what you are getting yourself into when you enter a Ph.D. program in political science?
  7. Relevant Coursework

    UT? In that case, list the relevant subfield and methodological coursework. Or maybe just list all the political science courses you have taken. I don't think this is something that is going to really affect your admission.
  8. Relevant Coursework

    Keep your CV as simple as possible. I did not and do not recommend you to put coursework on your CV. Your coursework is readily available in your transcripts.
  9. Applying to a methodologically divided department

    These are broad generalizations. Formal: Rochester, NYU, Stanford, Chicago. Quant: Michigan, Stanford, MIT, Princeton. There aren't many pure qualitative departments left. Most departments, including the ones above, have a mix. Some favor some types over others. As far as I am concerned, everyone should be shooting for mixed methods (whether that is a combination of qual, formal, or quant). What should be driving you is what do I really want to focus on (and to be clear these categories, especially quant and qual can be broken down) and are my POIs doing that kind of work? Can I form a committee there that has people familiar with my specializations? Are there courses offered that are going to allow me to learn those skills? Bottom line is that most top programs you will be able to get the bare minimum at the very least and some will be stronger in certain things than others. This isn't true at lower ranked departments though.
  10. Applying to a methodologically divided department

    There are divisions within all departments, not just methodological. I don't think it should be something that drives your decision about applying but it may be something to consider before accepting. Then again, it's extremely difficult to get a handle about these things from an outsider perspective. Methodologically speaking, the only thing that should be driving your decision about applying is whether or not there are classes and professors that can training you in the X method you want to focus on. I.e. don't apply to a department that does have any formal theorists if that's what you want to do.
  11. Any of you ever get bed bugs?

    FYI, bed bugs are not exclusive to mattresses. They can live anywhere. Bed covers are asininely useless against the prevention of bed bugs. Waste of money. The only way to really get rid of bed bugs is through professional help.
  12. Best masters programs to prepare for a PhD

    I think pure math is not going to really give you much utility going forward. You will be required to take things like analysis, measure theory, and modern algebra that will be much deeper than anything you will need to be able to do OLS or MLE or causal inference for social sciences. Furthermore, you need a strong background in math to get into these programs - at least differential, integral, and multivariate calculus + linear algebra + differential equations, ect., do you have this? Stats is probably similar to the above but more transferable to a Ph.D. program skill wise. Public policy will probably not be too helpful. It's too professional. People have taken that path before but usually its because they decide that type of work doesn't interest them. Area studies programs can be good but they can also be extremely 'critical theory' based and have little utility for more quantitative social sciences. M.A. programs in political science are usually crappy. My advice: the type of program isn't too important. What you want to do is get into a program where you will be allowed to enter Ph.D. political science courses without problems at a good institution. Also flexible enough so that you can take math/stats courses. Also one with a thesis requirement. And preferably one that is funded.
  13. No way to really tell because that score doesn't completely mimic conditions on the test day.
  14. About retaking the GRE

    I never said you can mix and match components of a composite score. Just that if you take it multiple times, you can send any of the combination of those separate tests.
  15. About retaking the GRE

    You can send any combination of your scores (including just one) and the admission committee will have no idea how many times you took it.