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  1. I’m a recent graduate who doubled in philosophy & political science, and I’m going to be applying to grad school this fall. I know “political theory” and “political philosophy” are sometimes used interchangeably, but it looks like they’re considered separate programs at some universities. I’m trying to figure out which one I would be better suited for. As far as I understand it, political theorists tend deal with more empirical data and political philosophers have a more generalized and normative approach and often, as the name suggests, do more philosophy. But is that the extent of the differences? Is there anything else I should know when making my decision, like differences in the job market or competitiveness of admissions?
  2. so... I already have a LSE MSc in political theory but wondering what will my next step be. where should I study political theory? in UK or US? and can anyone recommend any nice PhD programs for political theory -- either competitive ones or less competitive ones.
  3. hello everyone, I'm currently finishing up my second master degree in theology at an US research university, previously I've obtained a degree in philosophy overseas, I focus on comparative religious thoughts( relationship between political and religious thoughts, and some critical theory too) in both programs and I plan to apply this year, what I have in mind are programs with strong theory faculty, and if possible I might focus on the field of comparative political theory. So I wonder if it is a big disadvantage not having a empirical social science background? Will it hurt my chances a lot? Here are some schools on my list this circle: Chicago Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Notre Dame University of Pennsyvania, Georgetown,
  4. I recently have found myself in an odd position: after spending my time as an undergrad (and one year in a master's program) studying economics and mathematics and preparing to apply to PhD programs in economics, I am considering switching track and maybe going to grad school (MS or PhD) for political philosophy instead. I've always found economics engaging, but after taking some time off post-MA I've discovered I have a far stronger interest in political philosophy, to the point where I wish I had made it my focus when I was still in school. I feel very passionately about this and have a few subjects I deeply wish to research but feel that I don't have adequate resources to do so while working full-time. My qualifications are: BS in Economics, BA in Mathematics MA in Economic Forecasting Overall GPA: 3.8 Notable courses include high-level undergraduate statistics classes and graduate level real analysis. Thesis on the performance drop off of forecasts using real-time LEI data relative to revised LEI data. (I am proud of this, it includes a great deal of research using primary sources to track the historical composition of the LEI with a level of detail the Conference Board doesn't provide) Good letters of recommendation from at least 4 professors... however they are all economics professors. I also have multiple years of experience working as a data analyst (more in the sense of being a data architect in training than the 'business analytics' type this title usually implies) and thus have a strong background in data. I am proficient with SQL, and broadly competent with R, Python and SAS (having used them all in research and/or work contexts). If it would help I'm also familiar enough with mongoDB that I'm confident could pass a certification exam after a couple months of prep. These qualifications would prepare me to get into a decent Economics PhD program, however I am worried that they mean absolutely nothing for political philosophy or political theory. Anyone have any idea where I stand? Is there anything I could do to improve my odds of getting into a good program from my current position?
  5. I am currently in the preparation process to send in applications to Political Science PhD programs to specialize in Political Theory. I finished undergraduate with a 3.73 GPA (good, though not stellar), with my best performance being in those classes related to political philosophy and history. During undergrad, I sought to build my experience and credentials by working on internships with political organizations. I worked as an intern and events coordinator at a Super PAC devoted to Ben Carson's election, an intern at the National Right to Work Committee, and most recently at the Leadership Institute. I recently worked on a campaign job for a Republican gubernatorial candidate who is pretty moderate and, in my experience, not very offensive to liberal Democrats. The most important non-campaign job that I had was working as a Writing Tutor at my university. All of this is background to the question that I'd like to ask: would my obviously-conservative political orientation damage my prospects if the admissions committee consists of political liberals? In my statements of purpose, I will target scholars at universities whom are much closer to my orientation and explain why I would like to study with them. I always thought that anti-conservative bias in admissions committees was just a myth, but I met a respected scholar from George Fox University recently who recommended that I leave jobs off of my CV that may indicate to the admissions committee that I would be a more traditionalist conservative than they would prefer. Would it improve my chances to remove jobs such as the ones that I mentioned above from my CV? Or, would I be fine if I make sure that I explain why their department would benefit my goals and have scholars that I would love to study under?
  6. Hi everyone. I look for some good school matching my academic interest. I hope you help me figure it out. I have studied Giorgio Agamben and Pollitical Theology. It is really hard to find professors sharing the interest. In addition, I am planning to apply for Phd program political philosophy.
  7. Can anyone recommend a strong program for studying postcolonial theory? Thanks.
  8. Hello everyone. I hope everybody is having a good cycle. I am interested in critical theory and democratic theory. UCI is a great fit. But people have advised me to choose UCLA or wait at least for Cornell waitlist result. I am a bit confused. As a sidenote, I will not be staying in the U.S after finishing my Ph.D. Any advice on how to move forward?
  9. Hey all, I am applying to a series of Religious Studies grad programs, and in several of them have indicated an interest in pursuing 'North American Religion'-type concentrations (out of Christianity, Judaism, Theology, Ancient Religions, etc.), but does that mean the writing sample necessarily has to be in the same area of concentration? I ask because I have some thesis chapters on Jewish emancipation in Germany on hand that I think could be, easily enough, edited into very strong writing samples. Whereas the thesis chapters that pertain more directly to religion in North America are far longer and more difficult to edit into writing sample format. Both options are very relevant to Religious Studies, but I worry about presenting writing that doesn't match up with my intended concentration. On the other hand, intended concentrations are purely informal, and I am fairly sure graduate students don't even formally select them until after the first few semesters or so. And it seems relevant to show breadth. Any ideas?
  10. Hello everyone, I am an undergraduate student in Turkey and I am going to apply to Political Science Ph.D programs for the 2017 cycle. My research areas are contemporary political theory, comparative neoliberalism(especially economic inequality), democratic theory, progressive era and new deal politics, pragmatist political theory(dewey, james). I have also been nominated as a Fulbright scholar. Which political theory programs should I apply to and how much does a fulbright scholarship improve chances of admission to top tier programs? My Toefl is 116(ibt), Gre is 165 Verbal, 164 Quant, 4.5 AW and 3.97 GPA. I have one conference paper and one journal publication. Thank you very much and good luck to everyone on their applications! Looking forward to your responses.
  11. Hey folks, Annoying GRE question, but here goes: Just took the GRE: 163V; 158Q; 5.5AWA. Graduated from a small liberal arts school with a 3.997 GPA; 4.0 in poli sci dept.; double majored (second major was in English); completed fairly large senior honors thesis in the poli sci dept; will have great letters or recommendations (my profs were probably my best friends in undergrad, sadly enough); edited a campus political science journal my senior year; was active on campus in other respects; etc. My question is on the GRE score: I studied for ~ 6 months, and I think I left some points on the table as far as the quant score goes, but I'm pretty certain I peaked on my verbal. Will the mediocre quant score eliminate me from consideration for the mid- / top-tier political theory PhD programs? Would scoring moderately higher (say, 161) be the difference maker? Is it worth it, in short, to retake to slightly bump up the quant? Thanks!
  12. Yo! I've been reading this forum for a while gaining from everyone else's questions and contribution but now that I've just taken the GRE I have my own question. Would anyone have any suggestions about what kind of schools I can aim for without retaking the GRE? My stats are: GPA--3.98; GRE 148 quantitative (I know ;/) 168 verbal, the writing score is not yet available. I have some decent writing samples but nothing published and I've been working on getting to know some professors (in philosophy and political science) who can give me good recommendations. I plan to spend part of this summer as well as the fall semester working with a professor on a project about women voters. My goals are to enter a political theory program where I can study the ideas behind international systems like the EU or the UN and I'm applying to Johns Hopkins, UCRiverside, UMD College Park, and Ohio State. My goals aren't too ambitious so I don't mind applying to lower schools, mostly I want a Phd so that I can teach at community colleges. Anyways, sorry for the somewhat disorganized format and thanks in advance.
  13. I know questions on the value of conferences and publications have been floated a number of times, but I haven't found the answers all that satisfying (in part because it clearly varies by field and also by the quality of said publications and conferences). First a bit of background: I'm applying to programs in political theory both here in the US and in Canada, I'm prepping for Round 2 of grad applications (last year was sub-par in terms of acceptances) and that has included participating in more academic conferences, trying to get a couple publications under my belt, etc. My GPA is sub-par 3.2 from an average sized state school, GRE was pretty good (165/155/6), but I've always sort of banked on the idea that I could counter balance shortcomings in both of those areas with conferences and publications. Thus far I've participated in eleven conferences, both international and regional, and a mix of undergraduate and professional. I've also managed to publish twice, with the potential for an additional publication that is currently under review. Both publications have thus far been in undergraduate journals. Again, the motivation has always been to attempt to engage in these sorts of activities under the assumption that it would show research potential over a pretty weak GPA. But are conferences and publications in political theory or even the social sciences and humanities really weighted that heavily? Last year I only had one publication and 5 conferences I could list on my CV, which aided in securing only two (technically three if you include a laughable MA program) acceptances out of twelve with virtually no funding to speak of. I initially assumed maybe it was the quality of the conferences, but upon further investigation none of the conferences I'm participating in are at all questionable or unknown to folks in the field. Have I simply overestimated the value of these sorts of things? Is GPA really a better indicator of research potential than publications and what have you at at a undergraduate level? Application season is still several months away, but I figure I should at least get some input on this now so I can either redouble my efforts or maybe look to strengthen other areas (e.g. retake GRE, connect with a few different profs, etc.)
  14. I will be finishing my MA in Political Science in Fall of 2016/Spring 2017 (depending on questionable funding situation with my dept.). I've begun preparing the schools I will be applying to this winter, and am hoping to get some advice on which departments might fit my research interests. I'm not married to getting my PhD in Political Science, and am looking at Anthropology, Sociology, and History programs as well. However, I want to teach Political Theory courses, so Poli Sci is the field I am most interested in continuing my career in. My research has focused heavily on late career Foucault, as well as the Control Thesis of Deleuze. Using their concepts like discipline, control, technologies of power, govermentality, etc I have done in depth analyses of applied subjects. For instance, this year I am working on 3 major papers in this vein, one looking at contemporary Europe, another a literary topian comparison between Walden 2 and Brave New World, and the final being analysis of contemporary American governing practices. It is my hope to continue work on the final paper, using Foucauldian analysis to engage in a larger American Political Development work. I'm looking for a department that will be conducive to these kinds of projects. In addition, I am hoping to go somewhere with a qualitative focus, or at least somewhere that balances qual/quant requirements. I've done a bit of research and have a good list of potential places to apply. Does anyone have any further suggestions to look into? I know "help me hunt down a good qualitative program" is a common question, but I thought I should be more specific. Thanks in advance. Here are the departments I'm already considering, from a wide variety of USNWP rankings: Johns Hopkins University of Virginia University of Oregon University of Colorado Boulder University of Washington UC Berkeley (PSCI and Anthropology) Northwestern U of Minnesota Indiana U-Bloomington Wisconsin-Madison (PSCI and Sociology) Rice (anthropology)
  15. Let's talk about PT! Who's applying as a primary field theorist? What're your interests? What schools have you applied to?
  16. Hello everyone, Greetings, first post in this forum, hope everyone's doing well on their applications. I'm currently a graduate student completing my degree in Master of International Affairs at Penn State University, and I plan to apply for Political Science or Communications Ph.D programs for fall 2013. Before I get into the specific field I'm looking for, let me start with my academic background: Graduate: Penn State University, Master of International Affairs, GPA: 3.95 Undergrad: Drexel University, BA in International Studies, GPA 3.2 (Junior/Senior year GPA 3.8) GRE: Verbal 750, Quantitative 800, Analytic Writing 5.0 Work Experience: Worked as full-time student support office manager at Wharton School of Business for one and half years. Now, the area of research I want to get into is political theory and IR theory. I am not particularly enthusiastic about quantitative method/formal theory/rationalist model (which are the trade marks of my current school's political science dept); in contrast, I'm far more interested in qualitative research methods and post-positivist approach. I'm looking for a political science department with a culture of liberal arts and interdisciplinary approach, and hopefully have faculties that deal with contemporary political philosophy (post-modern, post-structuralist, constructivist, Foucault, Nietzsche, Derrida etc.) and critical theory. So far I have found Brown, UC Berkley, and Northwestern have the political science department that seem fit my criteria, NYU's communications department also have critical theory focus. So I'm wondering if there are others out there with similar interest, and are aware of other schools that fit my description. Also, I have the burden of a relatively low undergrad GPA, I don't how how much that would hurt my chances of getting into a Ph.D program. I'm hoping that my GRE score and my graduate GPA may upset the disadvantage of the undergrad GPA... Any input / suggestion will be greatly appreciated, thank you all!
  17. Hello all, long time listener first time caller, I'm applying to Northwestern's political theory program and I noticed that they want me to submit a diversity statement. How important is this and how much have people put down? I was able to put down a solid paragraph, did others put down more? What kind of stuff did you put down? thanks and good luck with your apps.
  18. So I'm trying to decide what writing sample to submit with my applications. I'm in the middle of an undergraduate thesis, but I'm not confident that I will be able to get it into good enough shape to send part of it off in the few weeks I have left. The paper I'm considering most heavily is one I'm proud of, that I've presented at a national conference, and commented on favorably by some people in the field. Two problems: 1. That field is fat studies. It is undeniably a political theory paper, as it is about the political implications of fat, but it is a new and controversial field. I'm worried about banking my applications on identity politics issues. 2. It's slightly tangential to my research interests. There are key points of intersection, but it is mostly about APT (american political thought), while I'm more interested in modern democracy theory. Is it misleading to have a sample that is a little tangential like this? Any advice would be appreciated.
  19. Hi all-- So, as per several other posts, I'm interested in hearing whoever's advice on my chances to political theory programs. I'll try to be as specific as possible--any advice or opinions are welcome. Undergraduate: 3.37 GPA from large state school freshman year; transferred to NYU thereafter, where I graduated summa cum laude (3.95; top 5%) with an interdisciplinary major in Political Philosophy. I took a graduate course in democratic theory my freshman year (got an A), and two graduate courses thereafter (both As). Though, given the nature of my interdisciplinary program, very few of my classes were actually in the Poli-Sci department--however, it is very clear, from titles and SOP descriptions, that my coursework is centered around canonical political theory issues. Also freshman year: got invited to ACC Meeting of the Minds conference, where I presented a book-length research project on epistemology and politics; sophomore year: developed my own research project where I studied the deliberative processes of a homeless group in Union Square. GRE: took it twice. first time: 167V (98%), 149Q (49%), 5.5 AW (96%). second time: 166V (97%), 154 (67%), 4.5 AW (76%). Strong recs: 1 is a recognized political theorist; 1 is an adjunct professor (I took three classes with him, though, and produced three 50-page research projects) in philosophy and poltiics; 1 is a chaired professor in the German dept. My interests: democratic theory (deliberation and distributive justice), civic culture, theories of nationalism, philosophy of language, and political realism. My proposed research project focuses on the way history is construed and appropriated in different democratic traditions, and in particular how divergences in historical knowledge reflect divides over the "certainty" of justifiable facts, contributing to notions of intergroup/ethnic conflict and cultural drift. My writing sample: 1 tailored for Berkeley and Stanford, drawing from a couple professors at both--I focus on civic culture, arguing for a rational convention-follower who fields concordant strategies in order to play "simultaneous games"; working on Yale, Princeton and Cornell's. Applying to: Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Princeton, Cornell. My question: I am thoroughly fucked by the low GRE Q? I'm actually a very good "fit" at several of the programs, and my research interests coincide almost directly with some of my proposed faculty--though, I know that Stanford is keen on quant, and was curious as to whether this Q score dashes my hopes. Feedback appreciated.
  20. I am applying to PhD programs, but I'm looking in to also applying to 2-3 MA level theory programs. I did well on the GRE, but the schools I attended for undergrad and law school have no pedigree for my interests, theory and public law. As a result, I am looking to hedge my bets by applying to MA programs that emphasize political theory, particularly lefty and critical theory. This was advice from an advisor who went through something similar and was able to get in to PhD programs relatively easily by showing he could do the work in a more selective MA course. I am applying to the New School. Are there other solid options that I can use if I don't make it in to some of the more competitive programs for a PhD like Chicago?
  21. So, I just gave the revised GRE Test on 2nd and since I am from India, the access to books on new gre which I had was for a limited amount of time. Nonetheless, in the end they showed my range in the old format and it was around 700 in quant and 530 in verbal(this hurts, since i don't really know what went wrong)....I have to wait till November for the new revised scored but I am confused about how to go about judging the score...should I give it again?? I have a B.A(hons) in political science with a 61%(first class) average score and an M.A in Development studies with a GPA of 4.56/6 (Grade A). I am planning to apply to P.hd courses in political science (with emphasis on political theory/political philosophy)...I was planning on applying at Princeton, Yale, Notre Dame and Boston college. I also have work experience of around a year with few reputed international research organisations. Can anyone suggest me how badly do I need to retake the GRE for getting through pol theory in the above mentioned colleges..also if someone could suggest me lower ranked places for good theory courses??
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