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    History PhD
  1. I assumed that a faculty member who I really liked wouldn't be able to act as my advisor because they didn't yet have tenure and I was wrong, and she's an excellent advisor. Luckily, despite the fact that I didn't mention her in my SOP or email her before I applied, she was on the admissions committee and saw the connections between my interests and hers, so I've ended up with her as my advisor anyway. Which is basically all to say that I got lucky but you could easily make incorrect assumptions about who is and isn't able to act as an advisor, and the only way to find out is to email them and/or other current grad students in your field at that school.
  2. Liberty University Masters in History

    Good luck surviving in a PhD program with an attitude like this.
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Never ending is an understatement, but know that one day it'll be a distant memory. Good luck!
  4. PhD in the UK: Worth It for Americanists?

    I left the UK-style system (in Australia) for reasons that others have listed--I wanted the two years of coursework and the rigour of comps, and I wanted to earn my PhD at a school where far more people get jobs after completion. The UK's better than Australia in terms of jobs, but if you're thinking about doing your PhD there you should have a deep look into the realities of the job market (in US history) for people who don't earn their PhDs at a US institution. In terms of getting to archives, though, you'll have less of a problem in the UK than you're imagining--I just finished a two year MA in Australia and was able to travel to the US three times, each time with funding either from my university or from other fellowships. Funding exists if you look for it, and the UK's much closer to the US.
  5. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Yes! PM me, firstly, but also some places to think about - UNC Chapel Hill, NYU, American, UC Santa Barbara, Colorado Boulder amongst others. I'm doing a history PhD but with a background in and a big focus on public history and grassroots archives.
  6. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Have you looked at NYU? I'm pretty sure that their MA programs are unfunded but they have some really great people in archives and public history (and also in 20th c. US)--I'm happy to talk more via PM.
  7. I feel the same way and also I start in a week and the house I was meant to move into (today) fell through like literally while I was on my way there with my stuff... I find it helpful to be like, at least the subway didn't derail, crash, and kill me?? I'm thinking it could potentially be a year full of "at least..." statements.
  8. How important are friends/social life in grad school?

    I think it's pretty natural to be nervous about starting. Age is only one thing that sets you apart -- I'm coming in as a married international student who's spent a single semester at a US college and that's definitely a point of difference between me and others, but in any cohort of humans who've also decided to spend five to seven years getting a history phd you can usually find someone to relate to. It might help not to assume that people ten years younger than you are kids--for all you know there's a 26 year old parent in your cohort, or someone who's lived out of home since they were 15, or (as in my case) a 26 year old whose partner is in their late 30s and whose life might look a bit like your own. So far I've found personality and life experience to be more important than age when it comes to making grad school friends.
  9. Need help making sense of correspondence

    I know that others have already said this but: Definitely not! This professor has been extremely generous with their time--if I were in your position I'd be writing a "thank you, that's really helpful," etc type response. Also, I'm about to start a program with an advisor who didn't respond to my "I'm interested in coming here" email last year and so far she's been extraordinarily helpful/she's known for being a very supportive supervisor, so I wouldn't rule out schools based solely on the way that people respond/don't respond to your emails.
  10. Indigenous History

    Hey, my research is partly about LGBT Maori and very much about public history, so I'd be happy to talk - I'd maybe warn against using a "/" between Indigenous and Native American, just because plenty of Indigenous scholars are looking at people outside of North America. When I was looking at schools and thinking about advisors I tended to stick to historians of the 20th C. US--my research is primarily about the US but it's also somewhat true that a lot of Pacific and Indigenous scholars are listed as "US" historians anyway (obviously not true at every school). Theoretically my field is 20th c. US but in reality it's more like 20th and 21st century US and Pacific sexuality/gender and public history/archives. Anyway! Message me if you want to chat.
  11. How long was your master's thesis?

    At least in Australia masters usually takes 2 years and is 100% dissertation-based, but the variation amongst US degrees is super interesting.
  12. How long was your master's thesis?

    40k words but that is the requirement where I'm from and I wrote it as a monograph/with an additional 10k words it's now becoming a monograph--also not unusual at my university.
  13. GRE

    I can't actually remember the exact number but I know I was in the 49th percentile, so I think it was around 149 or 150 (at the most)--though pre-test I was getting around 158 on magoosh type services. Honestly no one cared about my score at all. I should also mention that I was offered a competitive scholarship at the highly-ranked state school I got into as well, so not all state schools will take it into consideration.
  14. GRE

    My quantitative scores were terrible, I got into one ivy and four other good schools--at one school visit a younger assistant professor was like "hah your quantitative scores were pretty bad but not as bad as mine", so that's how much they mattered (Telkanuru is right about the funding thing for some state schools though)
  15. Leading Discussions as a New TA

    I've been TAing for 3 years in Australia, where maybe 1 or 2 students (out of 45) will consistently do the readings. I know this seems like babying, but I would often copy a pertinent paragraph, have some questions relating to the paragraph, and then get them to split into groups to discuss the questions. Then I'd bring it back for a group discussion. I'd go to every group during the group discussion time to talk to them about their thoughts, what they found difficult/interesting about the paragraph etc etc. I really like teaching and I think the secret is to not think of them as "kids" and also to be a little bit understanding about the fact that they have other stuff going on in their lives/your 50 minute class is a tiny part of their week, so it's a matter of how you can make that 50 minutes worthwhile. I also like splitting them up into small groups, making them come up with questions for the rest of the big group, and then getting them to pose those questions to each other i.e. to direct the class. You'll work out your own style though, everyone's different. **Also, what gsc says about the readings is true -- I just taught for a class where one of my tutorial groups (sections) had 6 people and everyone did the readings every week, because I was very much like "with such a small group this is not going to work unless we have something to talk about so we all need to be able to talk about the readings."