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  1. New Haven,CT

    Thanks a lot for your answer. At least it gives some kind of assurance that survival is possible.
  2. New Haven,CT

    Glad I stumbled upon this thread and I hope that someone can answer my question or react to my concerns. After reading all those comments and opinions above, I am really still unsure how to assess the safety situation in New Haven. It seems that a lot has been done over the past years to tighten the security measures and increase police forces and patrolling on the streets, but apparently living there still entails a great deal of risk and being constantly vigilant of your surroundings all the time which is psychologically not very healthy in the long run. I've lived in very "unsafe" urban environments in different parts of the world before: Central Europe, Middle East, Southeastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Some of those were plagued by the high risk of terrorist attacks. However because those in reality were almost few and far in between, I could easily go about my daily life in those cities. The picture I have of US unsafe cities is quite different though, given that gangs and shootings were never problems I had or was expected to deal with. And these are two problems that seem to define New Haven in one way or another. So I guess what I am trying to get at and ask is how much of a risk living New Haven would entail and is it much worse than, say, Boston? Thanks a lot in advance!
  3. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thank you. Yes, I reckoned an acceptance wouldn't come in. I just wanted to know they were going to inform me.
  4. Fall 2018 Applicants

    When is Chicago releasing its PhD decisions? It's been over 2.5 months now.
  5. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Weren't Princeton's decisions supposed to be out by yesterday?
  6. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thank you Pudewen for your comment. I'm fully aware that the degree is strictly a history degree. However, this op-ed at Harvardindependent sort of confirmed my concerns. https://www.harvardindependent.com/2016/04/harvard-struggles-islamic-middle-eastern-scholarship/ Here's a quote: "Yet, he alleges that the department, made up largely of American and European historians, does not see the Middle Eastern historians as scholars of “history proper”. Scholars of the Middle East, he says, often play second fiddle to Western historians when it comes to grants, funding and department resources."
  7. Fall 2018 Applicants

    No. I meant that those emerging of this PhD program with that type of preparation will be Middle East specialists first and foremost, but whose research is on pre-1800 societies and cultures. The focus will be on the area studies component rather than the historical one, I mean.
  8. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Hi, for those of you familiar with Harvard's joint PhD program in History and Middle Eastern Studies, what's your take on the groundedness of the program and how it's perceived in comparison to the other typical History PhD program that offers an ME track. Their different admission requirements for instance raise a red flag . Whereas a writing sample is required for admission to the History Department, such an important requirement is discarded for admission to the other joint PhD program. This easily gives the impression that admission to Harvard's Middle Eastern Studies with a subtrack in History is more forgiving and less stringent than the History department's. I'd also love to know how would that joint program position the academic focus and profile of its candidates. Would they be considered Historians proper with strong preparation in the language of their region of study among their peers in the History department? Or would they be immediately put in the category of Middle Eastern specialists whose focus is historical rather than contemporary or on the art for instance?
  9. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Haven't heard a word from Princeton yet either. Has your husband been accepted to Yale?
  10. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Yes, forgot to mention that this was from one of the joint programs with the history programs. You're right that decisions have already been made for those accepted for just the History PhD program.
  11. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Harvard has just confirmed to me that I should expect to hear back from them by March 7 at the earliest.
  12. Fall 2018 Applicants

    If your PhD application isn't accepted, but rather recommended for consideration by another program instead of outright rejection. Does that mean your application stands a higher chance of getting accepted into that other program, or is that just a procedural thing? Any one has had the same or similar experience?
  13. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks for your reply. Do you know if Princeton's History department also interviews its shortlist?
  14. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Anyone heard back from Princeton or Harvard?
  15. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Anyone heard back from Yale, or has a rough idea when their decisions will start rolling in?