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  1. I got my PhD from a small department where transferring was rare (though did happen) and work at one where transferring is pretty common. You run into the occasional faculty member that gets offended, but most folks I've met understand these decisions. It can be comparable to changing advisers or committee members in that respect. Read the room first, but at the end of the day you need to do what's best for you.
  2. Coach's story on this provides a pretty good assessment. Transferring decisions should depend on who you're working with/what you're studying. Hopkins, for example, is a program that has a strong reputation in a very specific area. If your work isn't in that wheelhouse, you don't gain anything from transferring.
  3. I agree with the general comments that are already posted on this, but I'd add that it's going to vary a great deal based on subfield/adviser. It's worth digging through the aggregate placement numbers and looking at how students working in your specific area have done recently.
  4. I have no idea if there was a problem at Iowa, but the timeframe for stories like this is important. Iowa had some substantial turnover amongst their senior americanists over the past few years, so if there was an old guard, there's a good chance it's no longer an issue today.
  5. For schools ranked outside the top 15-20, you need to narrow down two questions regarding the placements: (1) what's the time frame on them? A number of departments will show you aggregate stats from the past 10 years, but the market has gotten much tougher the past couple years. How have their students done recently? (2) what do the placement numbers look like within your subfield? And even more narrowly, how has your POI's last couple students performed? Some lower ranked programs routinely place students well in certain subfields. This boosts their overall numbers, but can be really mis
  6. Provided his University has a subscription (which is likely), heinonline has the complete Congressional Record available. This should be what you're looking for. Hein also has some additional material (Senate and House Journals, etc...) for certain dates and that could be helpful.
  7. It depends on what you want to get out them. If you want advice on graduate school, the application process, etc..., than I know a number of faculty members are happy to help out. I'd recommend e-mailing them ahead of time though. It won't help you in terms of admission. Penelope's post is spot on (at least for where I'm at). Admission decisions are made by faculty members on the committee and there really isn't any involvement from other folks. There's a post somewhere on this board that describes how one adminssion committee operated that's pretty good. You might want to give it a l
  8. Sure, it's possible...There's a decent number of political scientists with degrees in other disciplines (and certainly some in history). How it effects your chances depends on your GPA, GRE, research interests, etc., and will vary from department to department.
  9. Agree with RW. It's a solid list. I think Duke would be a good addition, as would Vanderbilt.
  10. If you haven't already, go to your letter writers with this question. Explain the situation and your reasons for considering graduate school. Most faculty are pretty good about responding to these kinds of questions and will be able to give you useful, more specific advice. What you've listed here in terms of interests makes it impossible to come up with a narrow list of schools. Generically speaking: (1) Don't limit your applications to terminal masters programs. Apply to both. You don't want to pay for a graduate degree in political science. (2) Some uncertainty is expected with f
  11. In most cases, transferring is acceptable...In this case, it's pretty easy. I generally advise folks against going in without funding, but if you plan on doing so, applying out again should be expected. Most of the faculty I know are pretty sympathetic to students coming in without funding and I'd be surprised if you got any static from it.
  12. Depends on a number of factors: the composition of the graduate committee, the strengths of the department, the number of available lines, where those lines are coming from (i.e. college/University lines), etc...While I'm guessing some of the top departments are pretty rigid in terms of subfield, most are pretty flexible.
  13. I think Viva is on the nose with this one...Close call and probably can't go wrong either way. Minnesota has a nice track record placing folks in political psychology. While OSU has a better reputation in American more broadly, they have lost some folks in American/methods the past few years. It's still a great group, but probably a closer call between the two departments than it has been in years past.
  14. Most phd programs will grant you a masters somewhere along the way. I got one at the conclusion of my second year. It also wasn't uncommon for students at my graduate school to figure out the phd wasn't for them and to leave after the masters. The generic "apply broadly to both types of programs and take the best deal (factoring in program quality, stipend, etc.)" advice makes sense here I think. Also, FWIW, I've found that teaching is much smaller part of this job than I anticipated when I applied to graduate school.
  15. You don't want them as the cornerstone of your application and you don't want them as your primary adviser. It's fine to mention them in the statement -- I don't think that really matters much either way. In general, it's nice to have an assistant in your area on the faculty. They tend to be a little more accessible and in some cases more willing to co-author with graduate students. The downside is that they're also -- in general -- more mobile, so there's no guarantee that they'll stick around. They're also focused on tenure, so while an advanced associate or a full professor takes some
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