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psstein last won the day on September 15 2019

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  1. Agreed. Just from my own experience, there are a lot of microfilmed/online materials that need studying. Seminar papers can turn into dissertation ideas quite easily... had I stayed in my program, one of mine would have.
  2. Bar-Ilan may not be a bad choice, if you're open to Israel. They're not as conservative as somewhere like Gordon-Conwell, to my knowledge, but there are some very good, conservative-leaning faculty.
  3. I very strongly agree with you. It's to your detriment, if you want to get into any of the programs worth attending (in terms of academic job placement) to portray yourself in the strongest possible light. And, in some cases, that means omitting the "struggles" that far too many people think give an application depth.
  4. I said this a few pages back, but I suspect that programs that don't "have" to take a new graduate cohort will try to avoid doing taking one.
  5. That's very similar to what I've heard as well. Many of those smaller colleges already have enough of a problem keeping the lights on and paying out faculty/staff salaries and benefits. I see some universities further reducing their humanities graduate programs and, in some cases, eliminating or consolidating them.
  6. I would echo this call, but add that one should also approach this with an understanding of the existing academic job market in mind. It's been over a year since I looked at it closely, but the opportunities for a historian of capitalism are dramatically better than those of a historian of education. Of the last 4-5 openings at my former program, 3 went to scholars who had a significant focus on the history of capitalism.
  7. I would also suggest that some faculty aren't always keenly attuned to the administrative parts of any department. While I was still in graduate school, both of my supervisors were very much of that mold. TT or tenured faculty have many important things on their plates at any given time. Bureaucracy usually is not among the more important elements.
  8. No, they won't. Certain advisors have different approaches to language proficiency. My colleague's first advisor (who took medical retirement, otherwise I would've worked with him too) required his students to translate Foucault from the original French, in front of him. Others require their students to take the university-offered courses.
  9. Even earlier, I'd argue. George Gliddon, an American Egyptologist who was very influential in the development of scientific racism, gave a series of very popular lectures on Ancient Egypt in the 1840s and 50s. And that's just off the top of my head.
  10. I suspect the schools that can "afford," for lack of a better word, to not have an incoming cohort will not have one. I'm not sure what Wisconsin plans on doing, either. Certainly it's going to be very competitive getting into graduate school this Fall.
  11. @gsc you've made excellent points. I agree, the structure of programs and the academy more generally is such that it disincentivizes preparing for a non-academic career. It's frankly the biggest struggle I've had when it comes to going back. @Sigaba, I hadn't thought about the finance angle of things. I'll have to see if I could fit that in, should I choose to return.
  12. I would go in with a very clear understanding that you're going to need to look at non-academic careers. I'm personally on leave from my program right now, but if I go back, I do not intend to seek an academic career. I would tailor my experience and work so that I'd track explicitly towards a non-academic career. About SoPs: there's a lot to mention, but there are two important questions: what do you want to do and why can only you do it?
  13. All those programs are fine and I think there's another poster here who works on similar questions, but the name currently eludes me. Your GRE score and GPA are fine. Some programs are dumping the GRE and I suspect to see that trend increase over time. I'd suggest worrying about the things you can control, like your writing sample and statement of purpose. BTW, not to discourage anyone, but I suspect the economic fallout from COVID-19 will result in more grad school applicants, but also smaller intakes than usual. Expect this cycle to be very, very competitive.
  14. I don't know anything about UCSF or McGill, but I know that Hopkins has a very good, though very small program.
  15. I would concern yourself less with things you can't change much (i.e. GPA) and more with your own research interests and questions. If you have a good grasp of you what you want to study, it's much easier to identify programs. For example, if you wanted to do post-WW2 physics, I'd tell you to look into MIT/Princeton/Berkeley.
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