TheHessianHistorian Posted January 31, 2018 Share Posted January 31, 2018 Current graduate students, what would you say are the upsides and downsides of working with a professor who has the exact same specialty as you, versus a professor who maybe isn't exactly in the same niche but has a similar approach or outlook? For instance, as someone interested in microhistory/social history/gender in early modern Germany, would it strongly behoove me to find a faculty advisor with that exact same combination of specialties? Might that actually limit and hinder me? Might it be better to work under a faculty advisor with a slightly different geographic focus (say France or Holland), or with a slightly different subject focus (say religion or diplomacy), but who has a similar approach to social history? Would the latter option perhaps take me slightly out of my comfort zone and strengthen/enrich my work? Or would my work suffer because of my advisor's lack of knowledge about my preferred specialties? Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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