I wonder what is your job after finishing PhD. in humanities or social sciences?
I’m a Phd student of social anthropology and this is my 4th year. I have always wanted to stay at the university as a professor, but I can see it’s pretty hard to get a job there.
The other option for me is to work in some NGO, integration center for foreigners or research center. Last 2 months I’m searching for a job like crazy, because my research grant will expire soon and I need money and something to do. All situation makes me quite stressed and I reproach myself that I haven’t done things differently.
So, what is or what was your career path during and after PhD?

I plan to enter graduate school (MA+PhD) in September 2018, which means I have something of a ‘gap year situation’ ahead of me [not in a strict sense, as I’ve been working for a number of years now]. I want to use this unstructured time ahead the best way I can.

If you were in my position, how would you spend these spare 12 months before grad school officially begins and the clock starts ticking? How would you prepare for what’s ahead, what would you focus on?

It goes without saying that I have already given these questions a lot of careful consideration, but I’m very curious to learn how others would approach this topic; especially, current PhD candidates, postdocs, and lecturers/professors. Knowing what you now know, if you could go back, how would you spend a spare year like that?

Some background:

  • My field is social/cultural anthropology.
  • My ultimate goal (grad school and beyond) is to prepare a CV and a research portfolio, which will aid me in launching an academic career in Europe.
  • I have a BA in anthropology and an unrelated MA,
  • I currently freelance (unrelated field); I have plenty of spare time, and can arrange my schedule in whatever way I see fit.
  • I live in a mid-size European city (not a capital); can’t move anywhere this year, but can likely do some limited traveling.
  • There’s a small anthropology department here, but I’m not affiliated with it, and never was. My degree is from the US.
  • I can speak the local language fairly well.
  • The grad school (next year) will be in a different county, and learning the new language will be one of my key objectives this year. The language of instruction will be English, however.

Note: Not sure if I made this clear, but I’m not looking for suggestions such as “travel for fun,” or “get a new hobby.” I want to use these 12 months in the most productive way possible.

In response to feedback from comments: I would like the advice focused on: setting myself up to do outstanding work in grad school and beyond (postdocs, etc). I am not concerned with the “getting into grad school” part here.

In the United States it is not uncommon to apply to academic jobs all over the country. Personally, I do not know a single person who limited his or her search to just one state (i.e. Massachusetts). That being said, the language of instruction and the key aspects of academic culture remain the same coast to coast.

In comparison, what is the situation like in Europe, particularly Scandinavia and Switzerland?

For example, given that the population of Denmark is comparable in size to that of Massachusetts, how does this affect the academic job market? Is it standard practice for PhDs & lecturers/postdocs located in Denmark to search for their first career placement across Europe [and beyond]? Or do they search for employment primarily on the national academic job market? How do the national differences in language/academic culture fit into this equation?

Background: I’m considering PhD/Academic Career in Europe. Ideally, I would like to learn the local language and assimilate as much as possible during the PhD. Given this long-term effort, I would prefer to continue on in the same country following graduation.

I’m especially interested in hearing from those with experience in the social sciences and humanities (working or studying in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, or Switzerland/Austria). However, please consider contributing even if you do not fit this particular set of criteria. My own experience is in Cult/Soc Anthropology (USA).

I am currently running simulation models in STERGM with a 2 longitudinal networks in R using the statnet suit of packages, in particular the TERGM package. One network has 60 nodes, a density of 0.06 and a reciprocity of 0.05 and the other with 60 nodes, a density of 0.07 and a reciprocity of 0.08. My code for the STERGM is as follows:

g.net <- list()
g.net[[1]] <- g0
g.net[[2]] <- g1

st.g.net <- stergm(g.net,
formation = ~edges + mutual,
dissolution = ~edges + mutual,
estimate = “CMLE”,
control = control.stergm(init.form = NULL,
init.diss = NULL,
init.method = 0,
force.main = FALSE,
SA.restart.on.err = FALSE),
times = 1:2)

The output is as follows:

summary(st.g.net) # STERGM Results

Summary of formation model fit

Formula: ~edges + mutual

Iterations: 2 out of 20

Monte Carlo MLE Results:
Estimate Std. Error MCMC % p-value
edges -2.59118 0.07462 0 <1e-04 ***
mutual -0.25215 0.25989 0 0.332

Signif. codes: 0 ‘‘ 0.001 ‘‘ 0.01 ‘‘ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ‘ 1

  Null Deviance: 4583  on 3306  degrees of freedom

Residual Deviance: 1637 on 3304 degrees of freedom

AIC: 1641 BIC: 1654 (Smaller is better.)

Summary of dissolution model fit

Formula: ~edges + mutual

Iterations: 2 out of 20

Monte Carlo MLE Results:
Estimate Std. Error MCMC % p-value
edges -1.7461 0.1876 0 <1e-04 ***
mutual 17.3829 NA NA NA

Signif. codes: 0 ‘‘ 0.001 ‘‘ 0.01 ‘‘ 0.05 ‘.’ 0.1 ‘ ‘ 1

  Null Deviance: 324.4  on 234  degrees of freedom

Residual Deviance: 358.2 on 232 degrees of freedom

AIC: 362.2 BIC: 369.1 (Smaller is better.)

I am wondering if anyone has any insight into why I would be obtaining a Standard Error and p-value of NA. Is it due to the log-odds coefficient of approximately 17 translating to roughly 100% probability? Any insights would be greatly appreciated!

Good afternoon,

I am a scholar from the Netherlands. A couple of weeks ago I got feedback on my article for an American journal. She thought that I should have used better music videos during the focus groups, so that the participants got an allround view of commercial rap music videos.

I chose the most popular videos at that time (one female, two males), because I merely used the music videos as an ice-breaker/ lighten the mood and as a wat to make my definition of commercial rap music videos clear (I showed 30 sec of each video). She says that the chosen videos made it hard to measure the effects. But that is the thing; I did not choose these videos for a linear ‘watch – effect’ measurement. It is not an experiment and/or priming study!!!!

I am allowed to use music videos simply as an ice-breaker right? How can I explain this best?

Thank you!!!!!


I will suggest treating the email communication as a figure and adding a note to the figure caption. IMO a caption is overkill when the appendix title is sufficient, but it’s an ok tradeoff to cover the bases.

Would still love to have other ideas to have another option or two.

(To be clear, I am not the student.)

Short question

When a study expands beyond the time communicated to participants, how does it affect reporting the results in the examples of communications with participants?


The student conducted a study designed for three rounds. During Round 3 the study was expanded to four rounds; and in Round 4 it was expanded to five rounds.

All communication with participants up to Round 3 set the expectation that there would be only three rounds (i.e., letters to recruit participants, to select pilot study participants, and to give instructions for Rounds 1 and 2 in the actual study).

The appendices have copies of all of the communications. The earliest communications mention three rounds. None of the communications mentions the reason for expanding from three to four rounds or from four to five rounds.

Do you alter the early communications by inserting square brackets with corrected text as you would for a quote, such as “the 3[5]-round study”? Replace all mentions with a generic placeholder, such as “the study”? Add an explanatory note for the reader? Or just leave everything as is? Or …?

If it makes a difference, the paper follows APA style. The university has no standards for this situation.

We have made a very important scientific breakthrough in the field of biomedicine. We have filed the patented and the scientific publication (in a journal with impact factor around 9.0) was published three weeks ago. Now we would like to make a huge impact and broadcast this as much as possible. Therefore we would like to know your opinion about how can we do this. We have already used twitter, facebook and linkedin, and contacted editors from Science and Nature so that they can mention our paper in highlights-like section, but no reply until now. We think that getting a highlight in such journals would be the best but we can not reach them and do not now how to do it efficiently. It would be great if you can share your experience here and give advice.

math courses

Phil Courses

I am trying to select the five classes I should take at Tufts for this coming semester.

Math courses taken: multivariable calc, discrete math, complex variables, number theory, and abstract linear algebra, probability

CS taken: data structures, algorithms, intro to CS, and discrete math

I have also educated myself on various topics in philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology and psychology. I wish to do research on AI and on cultural diffusion. I am lacking knowledge in bare bones biological sciences, which I fear may be important for me to take. Additionally, I hope to take a course in modern physics before I graduate. Below I will list courses I am considering taking this coming semester.

  1. nonlinear dynamics and chaos- important in model natural change/growth. Additionally, it will help me for when I want to take my math GRE subject test
  2. real analysis 1-required for my major, and if I want to take a grad course on it senior year
  3. mathematical psychology- a seminar on mathematical models in psychology, I think I will enjoy this seminar thoroughly if I dedicate enough time to it
  4. statistical pattern recognition- a class focusing on bayesians, the class will handle regression and classification problems, model selection, machine learning algorithms, etc. basically a survey into machine learning applications and theory, so I think it would be well worth my time)
  5. Foundations of Rationality- see phil link
  6. philosophy of mind- see phil link
  7. logic103- see phil link

    I have a lot I want to take, and only a little bit of time. I am a rising junior, and I need to decide my trajectory given my goal, which going to a decent graduate school so I can do research. What classes would you recommend for the next semester, and what tips do you have for me moving forward? I am a math major currently. I will take any suggestions. A list of classes I should take by the time I graduate would be wonderful. So would a list of papers to read. Literally any piece of advice that pops into your head I would welcome with open arms. I can’t supply all the links, but googling “Tufts insert given department course descriptions” will bring you to the course description pages in case you for some reason wish to real go deep in advising me.

I am in the process of trying to formulate my statement of purpose/intent for a PhD in criminal justice. I’m not sure how to go about this when I have two distinctly different areas that I’m very interested in. The first is wildlife crime (falls into conservational criminology, a very new field) and the other is biosocial criminology/mental illness. These are not related to each other in any way, but I’m fascinated by both.

There are a lot more schools that have faculty working on biosocial than wildlife crime. However, I have found one school that has one professor working in wildlife crime, and the rest working on mental-illness-related issues. I don’t know what to do. Should I write two different SOPs and submit them to the appropriate school? One for wildlife and one for biosocial?

When my past professors ask me for my research interests, I want to mention both of these, but I don’t want them to think I’m unfocused. I am going to a criminology conference in November, and I will be talking to the professors who are writing my letters of recommendation. Should I tell them everything I’m interested in or narrow down one specific thing?