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laleph last won the day on August 15 2017

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  1. Hello all, Wondering what sorts of responses to the COVID crisis you've been seeing out there. In the Northeast, wealthy universities continue to treat their workers and students like trash. Below you'll find some of the petitions circulating to try to remedy this. Lmk if you'd like to get involved in any of these campaigns and I'll happily connect you. Compilation: Coronavirus and Campus Activism NB: This is an ongoing resource for compiling links and resources related to university policies and organizer responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone is free to add to, re-organize
  2. You are certainly more of an authority on these matters than I am! I'm relaying what I heard from one prof at UofC. To be clear: the prof didn't say that an applicant is automatically considered for MAPSS after having been rejected from the PhD program – but in practice it has happened more than once (it happened to me, and I know of a couple others). Your comment about performing well, establishing solid relationships, and finishing a project that fits with the department's interests is almost word-for-word what I heard from the prof. Of course there's no guarantee that you'll get into the Ph
  3. Heh well then Europe seems like it's out! Looks like a partially or fully funded masters is the way to go if you don't get accepted to PhD programs this cycle. Absolutely agree with @Sigaba's suggestion to figure out what history means for you. I wouldn't be overly worried, though, about the (admittedly touchy) subject of interdisciplinarity. Some programs (Cornell's, to take one example) actively encourage working with scholars outside the Department of History. Others are known for their strong departments in other social sciences, and are known for blurring disciplinary boundaries in
  4. Regarding MAPSS: it's my understanding that full funding for MAPSS is most often offered to those who don't get into the PhD program the first time round. MAPSS is a well-known stream for entering the University of Chicago's PhD program -- the idea is that you'll apply only to Chicago after finishing MAPSS. U of C doesn't have a waiting list for the PhD, so admissions folks are keen to admit only people they have a pretty sure idea will enroll. As for the steep price of a masters: I second @Tigla's advice. I've mentioned this in posts before, but it is relatively simple to get accepted to
  5. Depending on how good your French is, you can apply directly to the French university system. It is not that difficult to get accepted if your French is good enough. Here are the medieval and modern Europe masters programs on offer at Paris 1, for example. The EHESS is also a good option, especially for foreign students. It costs about 500 euros per year for your "inscription," which includes healthcare. Of course you'll have to pay for living expenses. On a student visa you are allowed to work 60% of the legal hour limit per week. If you get involved in the well-paid tutoring racket (SAT, ACT
  6. While I'm sure this varies a bit by program, I was wondering if the more experienced folks could chime in about whether it's possible to (somewhat seriously) pursue other interests while in graduate school – in my case, music. I've spent most of my life wavering between academia and the professional music world. For more than 5 years, I've worked as a full-time teacher, and haven't had much time for performing music, but I still compose regularly, and currently have a project that might lead to a series of short tours sometime in the next couple years (the project is a collaboration with a pro
  7. @VAZ Perhaps my examples (France and Ireland) confused things. I picked the first example that came to mind of a field with few historians in the States working on it. But I could have chosen a much wider geographical territory -- let's say Europe -- but a more specific topic, such as folklore in the early Renaissance. In both cases, your options for advisors are going to be limited. As others have said, 6-8 schools is already a good list. That seems to be the average number of schools people apply to.
  8. @VAZ, if you're in a "thin field," then your options for programs to apply to will be thin too. (I'm aware I'm not saying anything mind-blowing here.) My point is that you should apply only to the programs that have at least 2 people willing to "sandwich" you, as you put it -- or 1 person who works specifically on the "thin field" you're referring to. I guess I'm struggling to understand how you are both in a "thin field" AND interested in so many different topics that you feel it might be necessary to tailor your application to each and every prof you're interested in working with.
  9. In my experience, the advisors who push you intellectually are those whose students aren't cookie cutters of themselves. It follows that tailoring your application to fit the exact interests of the advisors you're considering might not be the best idea if your goal is to break new ground in the field. If you applied with any of the topics you listed above, a social/cultural historian of France who studies the period you're interested in (give or take a few decades) will be able to advise you. No one expects that the project you propose in your application will end up being your dissertation to
  10. As @AP said, follow the instructions. Don't submit more pages than the application asks for. The adcom is going to be reading other applications whose submitters followed the instructions and were able to say what they needed to say in 35 pages. You will stick out, and not in a good way. I condensed a 50-page paper to around 30 pages for the application -- but I also provided a link to the original in case someone was curious. I'm assuming no one was curious, but it made me feel better to know that Enquiring Minds could seek it out if they really wanted to.
  11. Has your friend scoured Worldcat or reached out to current graduate students to ask about what the prof is currently working on? It does, but maybe not in the way that your friend expected. The lack of recent publications could be a warning sign, or it might not be. It depends on the person and the kind of work s.he has been or is doing currently. Field also matters. Some fields just publish more than others. Anecdotes to illustrate: A tenured prof at an Ivy League school with an impressive publication record given his age – 2 monographs before 50, multiple articles in prestigiou
  12. I don't do Chinese history, but I had the chance to chat with Tobie Meyer-Fong at Hopkins when I was considering the school. She's whip-smart and hilarious – great sense of humor, very approachable, frank. Her work is in Late Imperial China – not sure if that'd work for you – but she might have recommendations.
  13. As others have mentioned (page 1 of this thread contains a lot of good info), quant is much less important for history programs than is verbal, especially at private schools. It comes down to whether you want to expend the time/money/effort to retake the exam given that your verbal score is within the range of acceptable for the schools you're considering. You might try perusing the gradcafe results page to see what scores applicants who were accepted to the programs that interest you earned. But srsly, the GRE is WWAAAYYYY down the list of priorities, as @hats recently pointed out. If no
  14. Following from @RageoftheMonkey's good points, I'd say look out for departments that have at least a couple people working on labor history, working-class history, or the history of capitalism. I dunno what your geographical/temporal range is, but here are a few folks whose work is in conversation – sometimes in critical conversation – with Marxist ideas: Brown (Alex Gourevitch, Seth Rockman, Lukas Rieppel) Columbia (Betsy Blackmar, Barbara Fields, Eric Foner and Bill Leach – although neither are taking students anymore) Cornell (Ray Craib, Larry Glickman, Claudia Verhoeven)
  15. Statements of this sort crop up too frequently on the forum. If a certain milieu has a bad rep -- here, it's the idea that academics are dismissive and prone to quick, unfair judgment -- there's no obligation to confirm the stereotype. Instead, we can emulate the kind of academic (one would hope) we all encountered at one point or another in our careers: the experienced big-shot who took the time to listen to our sloppy, naive questions and gently but firmly point us in the right direction. It's like saying: - Art gallery receptionists have the reputation for being snooty.
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