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  1. This is a fair point, but especially if you're a more independent worker then it really may not matter too much. You can compose a committee (even informally in earlier years) of folks using various methods. So if you're top advisor is a star in culture but not quant methods, you can try to find someone in the dept who knows the method that interests you. So diversity counts for a lot. Also, Princeton I believe would qualify for your criteria. Good luck
  2. Don't worry about undergrad background. Just nail the GREs and write a convincing statement of purpose. If you really can't get some of your best writing up to ~15 pages for the writing sample, then it would be appropriate to contact the DGS or chair of admissions and explain your situation (you were a neuro major; didn't have to write long papers; can you submit 2 shorter papers). Do not do a masters before at least trying to get into PhD programs. Identify the 5-10 PhD programs you would definitely attend if you were accepted (and no more), plus one or two top terminal MAs if you're wor
  3. Yup good scores. They definitely won't disqualify you from any program. The quant score is perhaps on the left side of the distribution for top 10 programs, but not so much so that you can't compensate with other strong areas in your application. That said, no GRE score alone is good enough to get a spot in a top 20 program. Expect that most everyone will have scores like yours. Those scores will qualify you for a second read by the ad-comm.
  4. Well, the ASA section on economic sociology is a good place to start: http://www.asanet.org/sectionecon/econ.cfm Check out the recent book and paper award winners to get a sense of what's seen as high quality work by economic sociologists. Then you could read some stuff by Granovetter, Zelizer, Fligstein, and other big names (I hesitate to mention Gary Becker, but it's worth reading him as well). Maybe start with some reviews of their books, then read some stuff that cites them heavily. And poke around the Annual Review of Sociology: http://www.annualreviews.org/journal/soc
  5. Just out of curiosity, what year are you in your current program?
  6. I have a background in economics and so for a long time I assumed I "came in knowing" a lot about economic sociology. Boy was I wrong. It's a quite unique field. It's also a sub-field that seems to be on the up-and-up in terms of prestige, publish-ability, and hire-ability. @gilbertrollins is partly right, I think, about the split between Marxist political economy and economic sociology. The former is tackling traditional economic questions (e.g. growth, underdevelopment, etc.) with a (usually historical) political economic approach (i.e. throwing class power and politics into the mix wit
  7. This is great advice. It's easier to start the habit now than when you're in school. If you can make it a habit, maybe you'll keep up with it in the semester. And it's not just for climbing stairs. Mental health, concentration, confidence, etc. These are things you will be in short supply of in grad school, and exercise is good for all of it. There's new research on the mental health status of grad students, and it's not a rosy picture. Plus, everyone is different, but I've noticed that the people who can get into a routine are the most productive workers. A daily workout can be an anchor arou
  8. I was responding to this point for the most part. Did I misunderstand it? You appear to be refuting the OP's hypothesis about the connection between program rank and publishing in top journals. The first half of that is right. There is an undeniable correlation between program rank and frequency/quality of publications. The second half I left as an open question (I said: "The more interesting question is whether faculty publishing patterns affords any advantages to students in those programs."). In other words, I can't explain the correlation just from my anecdotal experience.
  9. From the ASA webpage I linked: "Using the traditional ASA indicator for the acceptance rate (that is, the number of accepted manuscripts divided by the number of overall decisions), ASR’s acceptance rate for the year was 6 percent. (Using the method of calculating the acceptance rate proposed by England [in Footnotes, March 2009], in which acceptances are divided only by final decisions, the ASR acceptance rate was 9 percent.)" The range I gave accounted for both ways of calculating acceptance rates. No matter how you slice it, any percentage <50 means you have better odds of not getti
  10. And this is a good topic for a thread, by the way. Well thought out, @avatarmomo. Thanks for posting. We often discuss what makes a program highly ranked, but there is so much reflexivity there that it's hard to get at the underlying factors. This is more about what program characteristics will help you get a job; something we all care about to some extent.
  11. @jmu: Huh. I think the acceptance rates at the top generalist journals (btw 6 and 9% at ASR) and top specialty journals (btw 5 and 7% at SPQ for example*) disproves the claim that it's "not that difficult or rare to get published". It is rare by definition. Difficult is a bit more subjective, but I wouldn't underestimate how hard it is to conduct original research that is both methodologically sound, theoretically important, and interesting to a wide enough audience to make it into a top journal. Not to mention the process from submission to publication can take many months (or longer). Y
  12. And as a more general point, the pendulum has swung toward "crass empiricism" in sociology for the time being. A great many sociologists don't look back into their theoretical heritage any farther than DiMaggio and Powell or Bourdieu. And outside the latter, European theorists are rarely mentioned. Don't get me wrong; there is good work that does plumb the theoretical wells, and such work can garner esteem. But, an admissions committee at any program is composed of quants who study the correlation between X and Y, ethnographers suspicious of any heavy handed theoretical motives, policy-wonks,
  13. Marxism in US sociology is not so friendly toward the cultural studies topics (media theory, literature, post-Marxism, etc.) you mention. It could be a result of the lasting influence of Erik Olin Wright and Michael Burawoy. That is, concerned with the material conditions of society, class power, etc. (rather than, e.g. cultural products). If you're interested in political economic sociology of this type, then Berkeley, Wisconsin, and NYU make sense (though those are all pretty difficult to get into). Cultural/media studies departments can be the home of that kind of work in the US. Brown
  14. I'll try to give a little feedback to your bigger question about phd programs. As you probably already know, there isn't a lot of infrastructure in place to support computational sociology, yet. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go into it, but you'll be hard pressed to find a program that bills itself as "strong in computational sociology". Rather, you'll find individual faculty here and there who have those skills. Even more likely, you'll find clusters of grad students working interdepartmentally with comp. sci. or other fields. The point is, you would be ill advised to market yours
  15. Unfortunately a few of his big predictions didn't come to pass though
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