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    Scholarly Track-Record vs. Prior GPA (Grad)

    White feminists (particularly the rich ones) are a problem everywhere (see Taylor Swift). I am interested in the manner of your confrontation--and what you said to them. Did you confront them in class--out of the blue? I think it's also important to know whether this conduct is a part of your permanent record. If it is, you have some explaining to do. Your case does not sound super serious, but its evaluation depends on what you did exactly that would constitute harassment. Did these people ask you to desist and you continued to push the case that lol they were being white feminists?
  2. You should ask your DGS about cotutelle placements. I know that one of Rutgers' recent graduates (who did a cotutelle) was placed very well. I think the 20th-century specialist at Johns Hopkins also did a cotutelle.
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    Art Lawyer to Art History PhD?

    (disclaimer: I'm not in art history) If I were in your position, I would probably start by taking a few courses in art history in the bay area (no need to finish a master's imo - 2 or 3 courses by the time the app season comes around). Maybe at SFSU? This could help me make new connections with professors for recommendations, and allow me to figure out if this is really what I want to do. It would also demonstrate to PhD faculty that this is a serious career change. Moving out of the hypothetical, as someone who also had an unusual background, I would say that what matters in applications the most is how compelling your SOP, your project and your recommendations are -- and if they all resonate with some of the faculty in the department. GPA, GRE scores, etc matter a lot, lot less after a certain (nebulous) baseline. While it always helps to be the candidate that admissions members want, sometimes it is beneficial to be the candidate they did not realize they would have wanted as well. I think your current work could furnish a fascinating connection to the discipline -- what matters is how you present this story.
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    Are public universities just stingy with scholarship money?

    Columbia is notorious for its unfunded MA programs, particularly in the humanities (an MS in Statistics/CS pays off). That said, schools that only have MA programs (no PhD) and need TAs tend to give $$ support to MA candidates (I don't think Columbia has a PhD program in South Asian studies?) I found many wonderful funded programs of that nature, especially at public universities.
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    Art History & History

    Depending on your school, you may be able to do an 'internal' transfer quite easily -- at least one person in my French PhD program did that (moved from art history to French literature).
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    Writing sample?

    Well, in that case, I suppose you have the incentive to write an excellent first chapter -- less rewriting in the end! (I submitted a paper I wrote for a class last fall, when I was applying, in which I was able to meet graduate writing sample expectations without worrying about the larger frame of the thesis.)
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    Writing sample?

    I wouldn't (and didn't) submit my thesis as a writing sample, as it is a large undertaking, and it is difficult to summarize its conclusions without having fully written it. First chapters also tend to be rough. Class papers are shorter, and you have more control and time over how polished they are -- I would just turn in a sample related to the proposed graduate project.
  8. I'm in a 4-person cohort.
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    Fall 2018 French

    Your university's bookstore will have ordered copies. Theoretically, our stipends cover book costs. I must say, though, I bought very few books during my undergraduate career -- just work with your university's resources. Amazon also has good rates (i.e used bookstores selling on Amazon).
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    Metamodernism (Post Postmodernism): Have You Heard of It?

    "The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk" - Hegel
  11. Congratulations @Narrative Nancy I agree, everything does come together in the end
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    Applying without having majored in the language?

    I think you can find MA programs in Spanish that are fully funded. For me, it wasn't obvious, but I was able to find a lot of them in French. University of Hawaii-Manoa, may be a good start, for example. http://manoa.hawaii.edu/llea/spanish/graduate/ Look into big public and private universities with no PhD programs in Spanish as well.
  13. Just so you know, your grades and GPA matter, but not nearly as much as your recommendations, your writing sample, and your personal statement. Your dossier just needs to resonate for several professors in a department -- the process is too unpredictable to not apply to Stanford, so if you think it is a good fit, do apply.
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    Fall 2018 French

    Definitely -- the consortium of graduate colleges in the area is a big draw! So many more courses! More reason to go to NYC more often.
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    Fall 2018 French

    Thank you so much! I'm so excited!!

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