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Riotbeard last won the day on July 12 2010

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  • Birthday 01/29/1987

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    Tulane University
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    Southern history, race, gender, scientific racism, antebellum politcs, Secession, Social-welfare in history. Not history: Socialism
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    Southern History PhD

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  1. The fact that you are even debating this is crazy (I mean this in a nice way:) ). UCLA and Harvard are comparable programs. One is giving you a fellowship to a PhD program and the other is not. Go to the dance with girl or boy who asks you. Living in Cambridge is very expensive so even a tuition waver means considerable debt compared to no debt at UCLA and finishing your PhD at a younger age. There is literally no upside to going to unfunded Harvard over UCLA. Imagine two years from now Harvard and Yale have rejected you and then UCLA rejects you because you already turned them down. The
  2. I had a similar issue my first set of applications, and turned down the unfunded PhD and waited another year. I found one of those GRE classes really helpful in raising my verbal score from something just ok to 96%. I would say even 80% is not that high for verbal, when a lot of other people will be in the 90s. I got into a bunch of places my second time around, so I would definitely not advise paying for an MA.
  3. One thing you can learn from these recruitment events is at least a general sense of funding. I went to two, and while I loved both programs, I was hugely influenced by the fact that Tulane paid for my airfare and hotel. While I liked the other school a lot, they only reimbursed to the tune of less than $200. To me it felt indicative of how flush with cash the department was, and later opportunities for funding (like travel, pay increases, etc.). They are important things. Even the best paid grad students aren't paid well, but even a little bit more cash, can be the difference between res
  4. What are the differences in funding? At UGA, is most of your funding based on TA'ships? At Emory, is most of your funding non-service based? Non-service based funding can be a huge deal, especially once you are ABD.
  5. I know Duke has a strong theoretical bent in their history program, but they (and pretty much no history departments) view themselves as training theorists. The history of consciousness program is a decent recommendation, but I have heard they have lost some their theoretical diversity since their peak with Hayden White. You might want to look more toward Literature departments with strong new historicist faculty. I would imagine these programs would be more sympathetic to a more theory heavy approach to history. A lot of new historicists work primarily with documents that would traditi
  6. I have a couple of tips. Depending on the type of documents you are using, spreadsheets can be a great device, because they allow for great search-ability and sorting documents in potentially interesting ways. I use word documents and spreadsheets. I personally don't like a lot of the notetaking software, but that is me. Back up in the cloud and with a harddrive. I lost twenty pages of notes when my hard-drive crashed a week in. Luckily I still had the photos, and was able to go back and retake my notes. I would suggest behaving/dressing professionally. You have to get archi
  7. Congrats, and ditto, haha. That was a quick finish Kotov!
  8. I meant you in the general sense. I think it's easy to be cynical in a field with a lot of negatives, but I am increasingly unconvinced that it's useful to think too much about this information, unless you are advising someone who does not like history all that much. I tend to preach positivity to the first and second years in my department. Not to be deluded about the reality, but ultimately a positive attitude will help someone more in the long run than being angry and cynical. If this is someone's dream job, it's better to fail trying than the alternative of giving up and you might as w
  9. Thanks! It was exciting news, although tempered by of course the one reviewer of four that hated it.
  10. We all know this! My girlfriend is a professor (at another school), and has been on a bunch of search committees and the reasons for rejection are complicated and from outside seem often outrageous. At one prestigious school, for example, where she was a postdoc, they threw out all candidates who they thought might apply for tenure early, because of money issues. Likewise, where she is now they look for people who they expect to stay so they don't go for top candidates. All of that being said, this cynicism will not help you. Do you want to be the bitter person at every confere
  11. I would echo this! Of course, people with post-docs may have some advantages, but people do get TT jobs as ABD students, even though it is rare. I know a couple people who got TT jobs as ABD students. If you don't apply, you don't won't get it. Also every application is practice for the next one.
  12. I think there are a lot of potential new directions for U.S. History research. In addition to transnational history that was already mentioned, there is a lot of new research and interpretive avenues in the history of the environment, science, and medicine. I think there are sub-fields in U.S. history that are heavily saturated, but there are plenty alternative questions to be asked. Likewise, databases provide for new types of analysis and access that weren't possible even twenty years ago. Key word searches of newspaper databases allow for you consult a breadth of possible sources not po
  13. That's kind of a loaded question as it's a huge field. Atlantic was my second field in exams, and my project has significant Atlantic dimensions, but the field is pretty old at this point. If you are talking Anglo-Atlantic, the key early works include Jack Greene Pursuits of Happiness, Bernard Bailyn The Peopling of British North America, and Volume 1 of D. W. Meinig's The Shaping of America. I mean really some the earliest Atlanticist are people like Eric Williams, Phillip Curtain, and Alfred Crosby. A lot of the base ideas that make up the foundation of the field come out of Braudel's The M
  14. I never took a language exam, as there isn't a second language important to my work. I probably could have passed the German exam, but my adviser advised that even working a little on this would be a waste of time, as it has no relation to my work. That being said most Americanists in my department at least have spanish or french, which usually has some application to their work. I am working on Spanish a little in my spare time for a side project. Short answer is most americanist will have a second language, but a lot of programs do have alternatives if it is not particularly relevant to
  15. This might be a bit of a cheet, but my dissertation is masked intellectual history, but I am able to couch it as cultural history, because I use a lot of non-traditional sources that takes it out of the realm traditional intellectual history. I have also been advised by people to make sure to refer to my diss. as cultural history when talking to presses. This is the same with microhistory and biography. A lot of microhistory is closer to biography, but it sounds less old fashioned to call it micro-history (not say all micro-history is this, and I love micro-history).
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