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    Los Angeles
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    Political Theory/ IR Theory/ Post-Structuralism
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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    Politics PhD

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  1. I did an MSc in International and European politics at a UK university (not Oxbridge, but only one peg below). Like you, I studied abroad in UG and it lit a fire within me to go back. I had the benefit of being able to take both Europe-focused courses and general IR, which I think helped to keep my profile broad. I actually discovered there that I don't really care for EU politics and wanted to focus more on IR in the broadest sense. I will be starting a PhD in the US this Fall (though this does not qualify anything that I say beyond mere personal experience). I am not really going to answer your questions on competitiveness, as I don't feel qualified to speak on that level (and frankly neither is anyone else on this forum who will likely chime in at some point). I think any of the schools you listed would qualify you for great PhD programs should you chose to do that later on. I will say though, given that you are are unsure about the PhD route, its likely that you could do an MA and then decide, 'this isn't really my thing'. I think an MA is a worthwhile endeavor in its own right, and end-in-itself for some. But I think the experience you could gain from living abroad beyond only adds to the value of doing a degree in Europe. This is just one guy's opinion, but I feel it was even more life-enriching than the UG experience I had. If being immersed in another culture is important to you, as you say, then I say go for it. Also, I did not go there, but you should maybe consider the joint MSc through LSE and Sciences Po. I think it could be a really cool fit for you given your interests.
  2. Hey Moss, I did my MSc in IR at Edinburgh. To tell you the truth, I am not very familiar with the other schools on the list aside from Warwick sort of. I found Edinburgh to be a really awesome place to live, though I felt the department was very hands-off. My views are therefore pretty mixed on going there. I can say that based on your interests, Dr. Oliver Turner would be a great person for you to get to know. He is a really cool instructor and seems to care about students much more than many other faculty there. Also, you will find a large amount of students in your cohort from Asia, especially China which could lend to your studies. If you're concerned with name recognition though, I'd say shoot for Edinburgh and Warwick over the others.
  3. Hey Captain Marvel, You got into UCI, right? Do you happen to know if they are taking a smaller cohort this year?
  4. So now that there is a waitlist post on the results page, I can't help but feel that means they have made all of their decisions. I wonder if they had a very small yield this year or just not a very active applicant group on Gradcafe.
  5. Well, now we've got three interview requests and two acceptances. Though its possible two of the interviews are the now acceptances, making only three posters. Nevertheless, I'm starting to worry. Hopefully this will be our week.
  6. Nah, you'll be fine. I just wanted to use that meme. As you say, there are some sympathetic to Palestine in the department and that sounds like an interesting comparison to me. I was more guessing you were saying like "Israel should take the West Bank" and I was thinking ... yikes. Perhaps this is the wrong mentality but I like to swing for the fences. Some people will hate it, but the people who don't usually think its brilliant. I'd rather be brash than boring. Hopefully it will work for you and you'll go into the fall with a reputation as an all-star.
  7. I think it depends on how strong your stance is and how well the piece conforms with academic norms. (Yes, I realize that rhymed.) If it doesn't...
  8. My UK MSc was not funded. I went to one of "the big UK unis" and earned an MSc in IR. A big reason why I chose to go there was because at the time, I was very interested in regional integration theory (EU) and so I felt that Europe would be the prime place to study that, rather than here in the US. Also, the fact that I liked being in Europe was certainly an important factor. Additionally, given that I went to a very small (unheard of) US liberal arts college for UG, I wanted the big name school to augment my profile. I am currently doing an MA in Continental Philosophy in Switzerland. I chose to do that because the U.S. is not a particularly great place to study that sort of theory and so I sought out something closer to the source. It's a bit of a less-traditional path to a Politics PhD, but its afforded me a wide swath of perspective that I don't think I would have gained otherwise. I would say if your focus is on IR, Comp, or Theory then Europe could present some nice options for you if you have the means to move there. If you are an Americanist and/or do domestic policy then I can't see how Europe really makes sense. For me, being Theory/IR the wider world presents lots of options, though other subfields can be really dominated by US schools. If you are an American (as an example) and you went to Europe to study US politics, that might seems strange to an adcomm. Also perhaps more Americanist-oriented folks will chime in, but I don't know that there is a lot of value in an MPP if your goal is a PhD in Politics. (Though if you want a PhD in Public Policy then it makes sense). My understanding is that an MPP is more of a Professional degree, whereas an MA/MS will be more academic-oriented and aligns better with a PhD. That's not to say that you couldn't make it work out, rather my perception is that an MPP/MPA is not on an equal level to an MA/MS.
  9. I'd wager most people here are PhD applicants (as I am). Though I went the European master's route (x2) before reaching this point, so don't feel alone.
  10. "I want to be President types" - I lol'ed as images of people from undergrad whizzed through my head.
  11. Hey Oak_Park, I'm not super up on the political economy and quant departments but maybe check out Tulane and Florida International University. I am not recommending them as I am not very familiar with either, save that they have focuses on your regional interest. Tulane's PhD is in Political Development and I am aware they focus on LA/Caribbean and have a political economy bent. Further, they have a Francophone thing going on there because of New Orleans, so they may have less of a focus on Spanish America. (Per their email their sent to me from the GRE mailing list). Also, as they aren't top-25 schools, you may stand a better shot of getting in. Good luck!
  12. At this point, I don't have many departments that interest me anymore. My top choice is UC Irvine. I am also pondering Johns Hopkins (Not SAIS) and UVA. I study post-structuralism (especially Foucault), other late modern theory (Nietzsche, Marx, and Arendt), and IR. Without going too deep into it, I am trying to explain state to state conflict through some of Nietzsche's and Foucault's work on power.
  13. Awesome, thanks for the information Theory007! White was one of my targeted POI's, sadly.
  14. Hey Phaeron, I realize this is an old thread, though I see your location is Los Angeles, so I am wondering if you wound up at UCI. I am very keen to go there and will be applying this cycle. I wonder if I can pick your brain? Thanks!
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