Please please please please please.
Cross your fingers for me.
I’m re-applying to grad schools. But just three. I’m limiting my search and hopefully improving the quality of my applications. I am applying to history phD programs: Washington University, University of Minnesota, and Notre Dame.
Washington University would be scary as hell. But I’ve dreamed of it so long; I can’t pass up the opportunity to apply again.
University of Minnesota has a strong history program in East Asian History and African History. A large faculty and a respected program. Plus lots of flannel and Jeremy Messersmith. Bike friendly city, also.
But here’s the kicker. The one I just found tonight. The last in the tri-fecta. (I am making this sound awfully light for how seriously I am taking this.) History and Peace Studies at Notre Dame. I would study history through the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies. I would want my dissertation to concern conflict and re-building in modern history. Essentially study what has happened after major conflicts, what efforts have been made in the recovery/reconciliation process and what effect has that had on future conflict. Hopefully very focused on the history of the civil war/peace building in Sierra Leone. This could be perfect. And its such a long shot. Its freaking Notre Dame. But my heart is racing.
All my practicality flew out the window. I’m emotionally involved in this search now. What happens now?