Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


OHSP last won the day on July 14 2017

OHSP had the most liked content!

About OHSP

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    New York
  • Program
    History PhD

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. OHSP

    Best places to apply?

    This seems like an almost random list of schools to me--can you speak to your interests beyond time period?
  2. OHSP

    JD to PhD. I have no idea how to do this.

    Cool, the thing that you really need to do then is talk to professors, start to get your head around what history means in academic terms—this means deep diving into historiography, and perhaps start looking into MA programs.
  3. OHSP

    JD to PhD. I have no idea how to do this.

    I don't think many academic historians would be excited to discover that Alexander the Great was "really x"--that's not what we do. History's not so much about "discovering facts" or even coming up with theories that explain the past. The paragraph you wrote is quite non-specific, so that's something to work on. What do you mean by "more specialized areas of history"? In any history department 99% of people are very specialized. Also the "...or just my take on the subject" part is worrying to me--history is largely about working very closely with primary sources, and thinking about how changing the contexts in which we read evidence might complicate prevailing historical narratives. We're not just writing down our various takes on various topics. But really you also need to have a sense of which historical narratives you take issue with and why--I'd strongly recommend talking to some historians who work in academia.
  4. OHSP

    JD to PhD. I have no idea how to do this.

    Hi! I am in a history PhD program and also went to law school, so I have a bit of insight--though I also did my BA in history. My first piece of advice would be to talk to historians and current history grad students about your interests--sometimes people who are passionate about history find that academic history is different/not at all what they imagined it would be. What attracts you to this discipline exactly, and could you do the kind of work you want to do by going down an academic legal path? Legal articles are good but they're very, very different to history journal articles and the latter will weigh far more when you're applying to history programs. I don't want to say that articles are "better" than teaching but they speak to your ability to do academic research/to go through the process of peer-review etc, and that can be more relevant than teaching experience to the question of whether you're going to be a successful doctoral candidate. Admissions committees do care about this stuff--given that you don't have an academic history background, they'll need to see evidence that you know what it means to be an academic historian and that you've taken some steps towards working towards that career, even if that just means doing some independent research. In your position I'd strongly recommend an MA program, especially if you can find one that's funded. Aside from giving you the opportunity to create a solid writing sample, publish journal articles, and get to know your field, an MA will give you a sense of whether academic history is actually for you.
  5. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    This is a good start but I'm not sure I come away with any sense of what you're really, really interested in, in terms of questions. Don't worry about claiming to have any answers yet, instead show readers that you can formulate a historical question.
  6. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I understand wanting to run things by people, but (speaking as someone whose partner is a practicing artist and a senior lecturer in art history, and as someone who has worked with a lot of art historians outside of my own PhD) art history and history have very little in common as disciplinary fields and I don't know how useful anyone here can really be. Your work sounds interesting and it sounds like you have a sense of who you might like to work with, so I would start emailing those people and getting a sense of whether you might be a good fit for their programs.
  7. OHSP

    Stipends and External Fellowships after comprehensives

    At my school—no service required/teaching is paid separately on top of stipend—people with fellowships to do research abroad usually put a portion of their stipend in reserve to be used later (to fund a 6th or 7th year or supplement summer funding etc). It’s different at every school though—service isn’t required here, across GSAS (at NYU) because of some difficult to explain NYU-specific history.
  8. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    By "hook" all I mean is: an interesting academic question. Not a quote, an inspirational moment, or anything like that (I'm not American so I'm not familiar with college essays). This "hook" thing is literally just something to demonstrate that you can formulate interesting (and specific!) academic questions that go a few steps beyond "I want to explore the intersections of x and y", so that you're somewhere more like "[field] historians have been so focused on x that they haven't paid enough attention to y, I want to focus in on y because it opens up these 2 new questions" etc. You'll stand out if you can ask questions that stick with your reader.
  9. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Try for a research-focused hook, as you'll do when you write applications for grant money, etc.
  10. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Also @historygeek I think I mentioned a while ago that Nolan has retired, so I'd take her name out of the NYU one (trust me, she is not taking on new students, she has cleared out her office, I have some of her old books, etc). Gordon is not taking new students and is about to retire at any minute. Sugrue doesn't make that much sense to me, but Michele Mitchell does. It might be worth getting a better sense of the faculty. First paragraph-wise try to avoid very broad statements like, "I want to reframe immigrant narratives from a cultural perspective while juxtaposing it within a broader social context." That's very non-specific. See if you can use the first paragraph to show the adcom that you have a burning (very specific, interesting) question (because that shows them that you know how to formulate a question).
  11. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I would add NYU. The 19th c faculty is strong
  12. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I should have combined my responses to your questions but oh well... my main advisor is an assistant prof, she's great and her approach to scholarship is very much like mine/I'm super, super glad that she's around. She's also extremely busy and going up for tenure soon, which requires me to be pretty understanding when she can't meet/I don't always have the same access to her as friends have to their tenured full professor advisors. BUT, while all of that was initially kind of scary it's forced me to develop a close relationship with other professors early on, and to fill my committee with people whose work I really respect and who, because they're tenured, have more time and experience. Ie I don't think it's a problem to have an assistant prof as your main advisor so long as you can also imagine working with faculty who are tenured--and being willing to work with assistant profs can be necessary/important in emerging fields.
  13. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I had positive responses from most POIs but one was particularly positive--she sent me a long email explaining why she thought that she would be a great advisor even though she had officially stopped taking students etc, and I did get into that school (UPenn), but when I visited I couldn't really see a place for myself in the context of the program as a whole, even though I am certain she would have made a good advisor. Which is all to say... super-positive feedback from a POI isn't a bad sign and I strongly encourage reaching out before you apply, but even if you manage to get into a school partly because of your relationship with a POI, that might not make the school the best fit for you.
  14. OHSP

    Art History & History

    People do change PhD programs, and I don't think your ability to get into a history program would be hampered by the fact that you'd previously started an art history PhD--it would just require explanation (e.g. once I started coursework I realised that to do the work I want to do I need history training [if anything that's flattering to an admissions committee]) BUT also, for now, I would see how you find the art history program that you've already accepted. Pre-grad school June/July regrets and what-ifs are really, really normal and I personally don't think there's much harm in just starting your program and feeling it out--it might be that you're actually allowed to work in a really interdisciplinary way and that you and some other cohort members become a group who are more history/art history than just "art history", if that makes sense. Then once you're in and you've settled, if you're still wondering about changing then it's time to talk to your advisor seriously about whether it's the right program.
  15. OHSP

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    NYU-wise Mary Nolan has just retired--if you're interested in global development broadly construed you should think about Sara Pursley and Monica Kim, also Stef Geroulanos.

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.