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  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Anthro (PhD); Asia-Pac Study MA (done)

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  1. Fantasmapocalypse

    Disorganized department?

    No funding, loosely aligned faculty and/or a program as opposed to a proper department are also red flags....
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    University of Hawaii Anthro vs Cornell Asian Studies

    It can! Manoa requires you to have an MA in anthropology in order to apply to the PhD program. Some departments will accept a related BA or MA. For example an Archaeology or Bio Anth PhD Student may be able to make the argument that having a math degree is acceptable with a minor or no background in Anthropology if they are specializing in regression or statistical analysis.... Marty Biskowski, a deeply loved member of CSU Sacramento's faculty, was a mathematician before he became a Mesoamerican Archaeologist.
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    University of Hawaii Anthro vs Cornell Asian Studies

    Off the cuff? Cornell. Hawai'i is not a "top tier" anthropology school. Your logistical pro's all make sense, but if you want the pedigree of the degree, Cornell is an Ivy. Going to an MA you can't really expect much in the way of funding. Generally they exist as a prestige degree (aka revenue stream) unless you earn your MA in the process of chasing the PhD and were admitted to the PhD. Some exceptions exist. I would also consider whatever faculty you want to work with at both schools and see which departments for the MA and the PhD will have the best qualified people to advise you. Also consider you may or may not be able to "funnel" into the PhD program from the Master's. I know Hawai'i will, and they do require an Anthro MA for the Anthro PhD program there.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    I'm headed to bed so I didn't read the entire article, but since I didn't see it I thought I would ask you if they differentiate between foreign applicants with foreign degrees vs. Americans/domestic applicants with foreign degrees? I'd be interested to see how that data parses. My intuition and understanding has always been not that foreign degrees are necessarily worthless, but rather, they are valued different on American applicants applying for American jobs for example vs. an international applicant. Hence, someone from NZ with a German PhD or wherever with whatever is contextualized differently than the corresponding American/westerner. But absolutely agree, good to have data!
  5. Find out if your university currently offers any campus wide fellowships, scholarships, etc. Once you establish your dissertation's general themes and develop a central thesis, I would start marketing it to various fellowships, grants, and other organizations that might share a mutual interest. For example, if you are looking at Islam in Japan and tourism, I would approach or examine JETRO, MOFA, and other organizations such as travel agencies or the like that have a vested interest in your research if you can spin it to helping them better understand how/why foreigners from SE Asia and other Muslim communities come/don't come to Japan and how they can better improve their experiences. Market your materials to those with money. Take any opportunity to find conferences with student paper competitions and the like that you can attend or at least submit to. Winning prizes gives you exposure and recognition, which can contribute to lines on your CV. Demonstrate you 1.) produce relevant research and 2.) get money for it. A $500 student paper competition win can help you get that $1000 campus grant, which leads to a regional $5000 expense stipend from an agency to tens of thousands of dollars in other grants, etc. If all else fails, seek out teaching opportunities that offer tuition remission in addition to pay. I know you already have an out-of-state waiver, but teaching at your local junior college or community college on the side helps you network and gives you more income. Use the opportunity to develop your own lessons and research, bring in your own research and teach it in segment of the curriculum, etc.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Sounds about right, unfortunately. Some of the programs decide very very late.
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Last year my Pitt Rejection came on April 5th. You are probably in for another month's wait if you are somewhere on a potential second-round pick. Don't give up yet!
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    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Pursuing your degree abroad purely depends on your endgame. If you want to be employed at an American or western university, please keep in mind the systems are still pig headed and devalue degrees from 'foreign' programs. If you are interested in working outside of academia and/or outside of the US, by all means!
  9. Anyone who speak to your talents is a welcome LOR writer. If your LOR happens to know the graduate committee members, work with them, be in their department, etc. it is a benefit insomuch as your LOR writer's colleagues know and/or trust the LOR writer and their instincts. On the other hand, if you know politics within the department or your LOR writer's reputation are not great, you may want to reconsider. Also, the question should also be asked if your LOR writer may actually be on or involved with the search/admission committee for the program you are pursuing. If so, they may have to recuse themselves from one of the two roles. I may be wrong, but in that instance I think it makes more sense to have sympathetic advocate on the committee rather than writing to it.
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    Low Undergrad GPA Stanford PhD program Possible?

    I hope it helps! I've found The Professor Is In by Karen Kelsky to be extremely helpful. She also runs a blog, which you can google and find a lot of free advice there. While she has experience as an R1 program chair/department head, it is in the social sciences, so you will want to check with a trusted person in your field for some verification on specifics. However, I think she has some superb advice in general about writing compelling and concise documents.
  11. @Derberd see the link and excerpt above for CV revisions and formatting. Hope it helps!
  12. Fantasmapocalypse

    To Go or Not to Go? New Public R1 - But No Funding for Incoming Students

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    Elitism in Anthropology

    I think there are ways to change the system, but it will probably be initiated/maintained by people who wield the most/enough privilege to speak up and risk changing the power structures they are able to navigate/engage it. The other thing to consider is that academia is not just "the work of the mind", which should be seen as an altruistic/noble pursuit beyond the mundane world... but it is most certainly embedded in capitalism. Again, the problem is that these programs and the people in them are juggling their ideals with the realities of economics, cost of living, exploitation, the privatization of the very institutions that are supposed to be "above" such concerns. Problem is, they rely on those systems (endowments, funding, etc) to exist...
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    Low Undergrad GPA Stanford PhD program Possible?

    Sorry for the lack of clarity! Two of the top things that "build" your CV (resume) or attractiveness as a candidate are funding (awards, scholarships, grants, etc) and (peer reviewed) publication. Win a cash award at a conference (often a student paper competition, they have these for grads and undergrads), get your department or school to give you money for research (even travel to a conference) show you are capable of convincing people to give you money... i.e., you are competitive and attractive as a researcher/candidate. From Karen Kelsky (an amazing academic career advisor): IV. Principle of Peer Review. The organizing principle of the CV is prioritizing peer review and competitiveness. Professional appointments are extremely competitive, and go first. Publications are highly competitive, and go second, with peer reviewed publications taking place of honor. Awards and honors reveal high levels of competition, as do fellowships and grants. Invited talks suggest a higher level of individual recognition and honor than a volunteered paper to a conference—this is reflected in the order. Teaching in this context, ie, as a list of courses taught, is not competitive, and thus is de-prioritized. Extra training you seek yourself, voluntarily, is fundamentally non-competitive. Etc. Etc. https://theprofessorisin.com/2016/08/19/dr-karens-rules-of-the-academic-cv/

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