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Looking for advice, to be able to enter a PhD in History in the USA, specifically about the mexican-american war

  • 1.  Looking for advice, to be able to enter a PhD in History in the USA, specifically about the mexican-american war

    Posted 02-20-2019 09:21:00 AM
    Hello,

    I am a third-year student of Hispanic literature in ITESM, but I want to apply and enter a Ph.D. program in the USA in History. I have already searched for advice at my university, but my institution has a very strange situation where it doesn't have a history department, it does have a college of humanities but no history degree or anything of that sort, anyway, I have asked a professor of mine who did his Ph.D. in SMU, I believe in history, his advice so far has been to begin writing for students newspapers or, take the opportunity of the essay I will be making in his class (XIX History) for this semester to refine it enough for it to be able to be published.

    My question is, are there any journals that would be willing to publish something that a literature major from Mexico writes? Are there any resources for learning to write for these kinds of publications (other than style guides of specific journals such as The Journal of Southern History)?  Any recommendations for a specific Ph.D. program? Which journals should I be reading? Are there any other forums such as this where people involved in learning about history are active?

     Thanks.

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    Roberto Lozano
    Monterrey
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  • 2.  RE: Looking for advice, to be able to enter a PhD in History in the USA, specifically about the mexican-american war

    Posted 02-20-2019 10:30:00 AM
    Roberto.

    My suggestion is to identify a scholar you would like to work with and learn more about his school's admissions policies, in particular what qualifications they are looking for in applicants. That should help guide you. Once you understand those policies and expectations then contact the scholar you are interested in working with to learn if he/she is taking on new students. Be sure by the time you make such contact you have a clear idea of the research project you want to pursue. 

    Trinidad Gonzales
    STC

    Trini