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    Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianity, Jewish/Christian apocalypticism, demonology, Zoroastrianism, ancient Israelite religion, ancient Near Eastern religions, ancient Near Eastern social history, comparative textual analysis, warfare in antiquity, imperial ideology, theories of trauma and affect in literature, Levantine archeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, magic and divination in antiquity.
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  1. I understand that Hopkins takes forever to get back to people, and UCLA is having internal budget issues concerning non-Cali US admits, but should I consider myself out if I have not heard anything back from either of these programs by this point? Admittedly, I’ve been in contact with an NES program staff member at JHU, but they said there was no new information to offer. Any advice, y’all?
  2. I’m not very familiar with the inner workings of the department, but I can say that they don’t conduct interviews. Moreover, it is likely that their top choices for admittance were notified earlier in the month. I was contacted by a colleague who said that two of our mutual friends already received offers in my sub-field (Hebrew Bible). Lastly, I contacted the interim department head, Carl Ernst, and he notified me that I did not make it in to the program. With all things considered, I wouldn’t want to prematurely assert that if you didn’t hear back by now, you didn’t get in, but I also think
  3. For those who are interested, I heard from some trusted sources that the UC system is in a weird place right now and is only accepting in-state and international applications for their NELC program. Additionally, JHU is notorious for sending out acceptances and rejections super late; like "mid-March" late. That said, I still have questions about U of Michigan and NYU (Judaic Studies Dept). Does anyone know if they do interviews or when they typically respond with results?
  4. I graduated with my MA from there last spring. They tend to send out responses between now(ish) and the end of February. One colleague of mine, who is currently studying in their department, didn’t receive their acceptance until Feb 26th, which was a Saturday, I believe.
  5. Congrats on the acceptances to Fordham, Emory, Chicago, Harvard, and Brown, everyone! I’m happy for y’all! I probably should have joined the forum earlier in the season to ask this question, but what do folks think about the religion department at FSU. I and a few close colleagues and faculty advisors have our opinions, but I would be curious to solicit the opinions of others here as I factor them into my final decision.
  6. I see. I think BU-STH might be sending out decisions this upcoming week, but don’t quote me on that.
  7. I’m 95% sure that all department of religion acceptances have already gone out. (I’m a grad student in the department.)
  8. Does anyone have insight concerning whether or not UNC, Michigan, or NYU perform interviews?
  9. I’m sorry to hear, y’all. A close friend of mine just got their rejection today as well. I’m sure you did the best you could. Applying to any Ph.D. program worth its salt (let alone Harvard) is a crapshoot.
  10. For those who might be interested, a colleague of mine just received an acceptance to the religion program at Harvard via phone yesterday afternoon. Perhaps they might be notifying their preferred candidates at this time. Too early to tell, however.
  11. Re your question about having too many degrees: So far as I have noticed, a number of academics in our generation are taking 3–4 years of masters-level coursework before pursuing a doctorate in religious studies. Even among a number of well-established faculty in the field, having a second master's is not unheard of (and by "second master's" I don't mean an MA that is awarded to Ph.D. students who reach ABD status). I imagine that having all the more research experience (and in my case language experience) can only help you with the admissions process and, ultimately, your marketability as a p
  12. I used to be a touring musician before I embarked on my graduate education, so I typically play, write, and record music in my downtime to take my mind off things. It’s very therapeutic.
  13. I feel for you as well. When I was in my first application cycle last year, I felt a lot of the same frustrations. However stressful this time might be for you (and the rest of us applicants), I think you would be better off focusing on your current coursework (if you’re a student) or pouring your nervous energy into other outlets that help bring you some joy. What I have learned is simple: Just let the process happen; you will be notified when you get notified, ya know? No sense losing sleep over something that is out of your control. You did the best you could, and the rest is up to the divi
  14. I agree with your final note, but only if one does not hear back, at the latest, by the final weekend in February. I have plenty of colleagues (myself included) who have received offers without programs making any contact, save for the applicant notifying their POI that their application was completed. To your note about Chicago: I understand that you had an interview when you applied, but is it necessarily the case that a program conduct interviews every application cycle? Also, did you apply to the divinity school or another school in the university? Perhaps the divinity school
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