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  1. Programs strong in Marxist study?

    @dih2 I unfortunately don't know him personally, and I haven't taken his classes (undergrad or grad) to know how he approaches Marx. I know few people who studied under him and think very highly of him. Besides what he is most famous for, he does history of poli-econ thought, critique of neoclassical econ from the history of poli thought perspective, etc. He also does intro 'Social Studies 10' class which is supposedly very 'Marx-heavy' when he teaches it. Fun fact, he was very involved in the debate on how the Left should proceed in Britain (he is British) with regards to Brexit referendum https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/left-case-brexit As I said above, Alex Gourevitch, who studied under him, refereed to him as a top figure in US to study Marxian poli econ thought within the field of political theory. Which means quite a lot in my opinion, coming from him.
  2. Programs strong in Marxist study?

    @Mason.Jennings Nancy Fraser is there, who alone makes it worth a while to study theory there in my opinion. They have historically been a critical theory program. Deva Woodly who does Theory + American is really strong up and coming young scholar, I heard her speak several times. Ross Poole teaches Marx there as well (as does Fraser, and a lot of other faculty members incorporate him into their syllabi and their work). Rafi Youatt does some interesting stuff on posthumanism. So people-wise, they are really good. But in the interest of full disclosure, New School is also known for having terrible funding packages. So honestly, unless you have really good savings and are willing to burn through them, I wouldn't recommend going there. CUNY Grad Center might be a better alternative, funding wise, as they have fellowships which are decent (for NY even Columbia's funding sucks, and funding for all PhD programs sucks in general, but that's another matter). CUNY Grad Center has some amazing people, also few top Marx & critical theory people. Corey Robin is arguably the best-known young Marxist in theory, currently writing a book on the political theory of capitalism. Susan Buck-Morss, one of the most famous Frankfurt School theory scholars (together with Benhabib) is also there, from Cornell where she raised an entire generation of critical theorists. Jack Jacobs teaches Marx regularly. Also some other folks, in theory and outside, who'd be very happy to accommodate your research interests. Some other big names that might not be as close to your research interest but are there: Uday Mehta, Carol Gould, and Alyson Cole. Btw, biggest New York city universities (plus Princeton and Rutgers in Jersey, and Stony Brook upstate) have this thing called Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, which is a great. It allows you to take classes at other schools. So going to CUNY Grad for example still doesn't preclude you from studying with Nancy Fraser. That being said, I do think it is important to put a big caveat in front of all this for prospective grads: tenure-track jobs are indeed disappearing and academia is a very precarious endeavor. I'm not one of those people who thinks TT jobs are the only reason you should pursue a PhD, but it is a reality that many people are. So be aware of that. However, when people tell you to "go study Marx elsewhere" and then mention disciplines like Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Comp Lit, or whatever - they aren't really solving anything because: 1) Tenure track jobs are perhaps even harder to come by in these disciplines. It is just the current state of academia, especially humanities (and humanities-like fields such as poli theory). 2) There are broadly two ways of studying & using Marxian theory in poli theory today: history of poli thought (exegesis) or contemporary theory (critical theory of some sort that builds on Marx, but others as well). If you choose the former, then getting a placement will be equally hard as if you were studying Hobbes, or Locke, or Mill, or whomever from the cannon. Also, you will have to connect it with recent literature, other thinkers, find an innovative reading/approach to it, and show its pertinence for current issues. This is no small task. If you choose the latter, there is a bunch of critical theorists (of all stripes and colors) in the US academia (top 10 and below) which you can study with. My overall point being - studying Marx in poli theory today is perfectly fine. The problem is not with Marx as a figure, the problem is in poli theory & similar fields, that are in precarious position with this neoliberalization of higher education. 3) This brings me to my last point here. The issue I have with people telling you not to study Marx "because you won't find a job" is that it most often serves as a tool to homogenize the discipline (or/and they simply don't know much about theory scholarship and scholars, as is the case in this thread, in my opinion). Not everyone wants to do liberal normative political theory that is 'the mainstream' (btw, there are people who approach Marxi and Marxist theory in a normative poli theory tradition as well, which only shows the wealth of approaches to Marx today). People have different aspirations and interests. And once you show people who say that that there are a lot of people working on these 'Other' topics as well, they quickly revert to: "well you won't find a job in theory anyway". So just be mindful that the entire discussion above about Marx (in this case) in political theory today is not really the problem of Marx per say, as you can study him with a lot of scholars in all sort of "top 10" or below programs, but with political theory itself (& academia overall today). If you're ok with that, and accept the risks, rock on buddy - join the struggle
  3. Programs strong in Marxist study?

    I think it's really funny just how little you actually know about political theory subfield, scholarship, and the scholars you are talking about (which is very evident from your last post), yet you are "not in the business of giving prospectives bad advice." You are completely wrong on several points there, but I really don't want to drag this on forever. I guess you just insist on being the authority on all things on this forum related to political science - even though theory is obviously not your forte - so I'll be happy to indulge you and leave this be. Have a great day. P.S. careful, there might be a Marxist at your department too! (they might even have USSR flag in their office and their every publication has the word "Marx" in the title - to be more 'searchable' for non-theorists, of course)
  4. Programs strong in Marxist study?

    Also, Peter Evans is a sociologist. If you go outside of poli sci proper (as you said it yourself), bunch of top 10 schools have Marxists. But I believe you're quite wrong. There are a lot of Marxists in poli theory (yes, the mystical 'top 10' even). Most critical theorists are heavily influenced by Marx and have studied and used him extensively & have supervised dissertations on him/related to him. Also, it's funny how you say " Is there a single Marxist that is at a top 10 department?" even after I listed those names. Yes, yes there are. And what does it mean to be trained in "Marxist theory" - No one is expecting 5 classes in Marx to be offered during the 2 years they are taking classes. No one is expecting that in any type of theory. But if you're a prospective grad student in theory who wants to study Marx, as with any history of poli thought figure- you have to find a program where there is a scholar (or two) who you can take classes with and write a dissertation under. Someone who is interested in this thinker as you are and can help you become a true scholar on the topic. That's it. You don't need 3+ scholars in theory in the same department who do the same figure (that would be impossible for almost any thinker in his of poli thought) and who all teach classes on that figure (which would make no sense). Let's take an example of UChicago (a top 5 program) --> if you're a theory student there who wants to study Marx there (as people have already done) --- You can study it under Patchen Markell (who has taught 2-quarter class on Capital and is an expert on the topic & has mentored both MA & PhD students on the topic) + there are at last 1-2 other faculty members in theory there who can easily be on your committee (who use a lot of Marxist theory) + you can also take a class with Moishe Postone (history dept) who is one of the top figures in Marxism today (interdisciplinary). And btw, you can do both postcolonial and feminist theory at UChicago poli sci department (theory subfield) in a very similar way with equal success. That is how grad school in theory works. There is no mythical "marxist theory" program, same how there is no "Hobbes theory" program. There are top scholars who study Hobbes and you go there and study him with them in a similar way as I described for Marx above. That is just how history of poli thought works on a grad level.
  5. Programs strong in Marxist study?

    Tuck is a Marxist who taught classes in history of economic thought with an emphasis on Marx and standalone Marx classes, and Alexander Gourevitch refers to him as probably the best scholar on the topic in poli theory in US, even though his publishing has often been in other topics. Brown and Benhabib are critical theorists who have both taught Marx classes and are heavily influenced by him & have supervised Marx dissertations. Not sure what your issue is with Brown (which is now a theory powerhouse), Hopkins (which has always been), or CUNY (which is severely under-rated), but even if you put them aside other top theory programs (as I listed above) have trained Marx scholars and do have professors who directly or indirectly work on Marx. I don't know what the OP's application is like or what type of schools s/he is aiming at, but if it's top 10 -there is certainly people and programs where they would be more than welcome. Also, if you go below those, then there's even more choice (like New School, UMass Amherst, etc.). I think your statements about feminism or postcolonialism are equally wrong. Feminism especially (!!). Postcolonialism has indeed fallen a little out of fashion, but there are still top notch programs where you can do it with top people. This is all not to deny that other disciplines do these fields as well, some even more, but political theory departments (top ranked and lower ranked ones) in US certainly do the above mentioned fields.
  6. Programs strong in Marxist study?

    He's a part of 'the canon' (Plato - Nietzsche), so every half-decent program in theory reads Marx. Other than that, there are many places that have one or more theorist(s) who are Marx scholars. Biggest names, in my opinion, in poli theory that do Marx today are: Corey Robin (CUNY Grad Center), Alexander Gourevitch (Brown), Samuel Chambers (Hopkins), and William C. Roberts (McGill). There are a bunch of Marx heavy departments in Canada (like YorkU, which is probably the best place to study Marx in North America). Of course, choosing the right program even among these depends on how you read Marx... If you leave poli sci departments, than you open up your possibilities of course, but I wouldn't agree at all that Marx isn't seriously studied in US political science departments. At Harvard - Richard Tuck at Yale - Seyla Benhabib at UChicago - Patchen Markell at Berkeley - Wendy Brown at Hopkins - Samuel Chambers at Brown - Alexander Gourevitch at Columbia - Jon Elster & Jean L. Cohen etc. These are just some of the scholars that have been teaching grad Marx courses at top theory programs. There are more. And many programs could supervise a Marx project even if they don't officially have a Marx scholar (like Cornell, UCLA, Northwestern, etc.).
  7. Postcolonial Theory

    I don't think it's true that political science departments in the US (&Canada!) don't do postcolonial theory. Some people that come to mind: - Peggy Kohn (UofToronto) - P.J. Brendese (Johns Hopkins) - Sankar Muthu (UChicago) - Karuna Mantena (Yale) - Keally McBride (USF) - Glen Coulthard (UBC) I'm sure there are many more theorists that I can't think of off the top of my head.
  8. Range of funding for PoliSci Programs

    Johns Hopkins package: - full tuition & medical insurance - "a base stipend of no less than $29,000" - First year no TAing. From second year onward TAing for only 1 semester a year (with an average of 3-4 semesters altogether). - quite a lot of internal department fellowship & awards opportunities Pretty good for Baltimore.
  9. Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    I called Brown just now since I still haven't received a response 10 days after everyone else has. They told me I was on the "unofficial waitlist" so they couldn't notify me, but they are glad I called to inquire. The department administrator said it is a "very short waitlist" (I presume 2-3 names), so there is hopefully a decent chance I get in. To anyone who got into Brown but will not be attending, please let them know earlier rather than later. I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
  10. Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    Is anyone still waiting for Brown? I still didn't receive anything.
  11. Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    I got an email from WC.
  12. Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    Claiming Johns Hopkins acceptance! Theory! Email from the POI. So excited. Best fit.
  13. Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    What's your subfield?
  14. Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    Thank you. I just called the Graduate School and they said they haven't received anything regarding my file from the poli sci department as yet.
  15. Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    So confused with Brown. They sent out bunch of decisions on the 13th (3 acceptances and bunch of rejections from what I can see on the results board) but since then nothing. And then 1 person posted rejection for today (which might have been someone posting about 3 days ago and not changing the date of the decision). Really hoping they are not done with acceptances.