Category Archives: School Work

The stuff I’ve done in school.

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Research Trip!

Not quite the same feeling and fun as a road trip, but fun enough. Yeah, archive work! Yeah, Germany! Yeah, yeah archive work in Germany! So I just spent the last two weeks in Germany (by myself, not so yeah) doing some archival research for the dissertation. Here are some thoughts on the trip. 1. […]

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If at first you don’t succeed

…copy somebody’s code. Or at least your own from the past that works. I finally got the map to work for my Exhibit exhibit. See.   First I copied the tutorial here. When that was working, I carefully copied it to the file I wanted it to be in and… nothing. Still broken. So next […]

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THATCamp 2012

Believe it or not, this was my first ever THATCamp experience. Seems hard to imagine since I have worked at CHNM since before the inception of THATCamp.¬† Ah, well, the stars finally aligned, and was able to attend this year. And it was great.   I attended three workshops on Friday, and a couple of […]

The new citation find view is pretty slick, though.

Scrivener and Zotero

Scrivener is awesome software for writing, that I’ve mentioned before, but I had yet to really test out the integration with Zotero (my citation manager of choice). So now that I have finally started on my dissertation writing in earnest (and not grant writing), I needed to make sure that footnotes are usable in my […]

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Writing is like carving in stone

Cross posted at¬†NaziTunnels.org. Like a block of stone I recently finished writing and rewriting and writing again the essays for several scholarship applications. It is probably a good thing, but that was the most time and effort I have ever spent writing three pages of text. I went through several revisions of each essay, had […]

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Writing Proposals

This post is cross-posted at my dissertation site. I spent the day researching grants and reading about how to properly put together a proposal. I also spent a bit of time plotting out my todo list for this semester, creating a checklist of tasks and when they are due. I made the list in my […]

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ABD

I have now achieved a major milestone in my academic career. I passed the oral exam in October, and the dissertation prospectus and presentation in December. With that I am now advanced to candidacy, meaning all that I have left to do is the dissertation research and writing! To go along with this announcement is […]

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German Sonderweg

This is an essay I wrote for a Directed Readings course in Fall 2009, with Marion Deshmukh. The Sonderweg of German History Before 1940s there was a positive Sonderweg thesis that promoted favorably the differences of Germany from other Western nations.[1] This is similar to what every nation does, showing their best side, why they […]

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Orals Passed!

Whew! That was fun. Marion Deschmuk, Dina Copelman, and Sean Takats are great faculty to work with. And I would not have been able to do it without the mentoring of Steve Barnes this semester. Also, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of my wonderful wife Jessica, and the prayers and encouragement from family! […]

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Orals Bibliography

Here’s the bibliography I have to draw from for the oral exam. My final preparation task is to make sure I know something about each book, it’s importance (historigraphically, methodologically and historically) and thesis. No biggie, right? William Sheridan Allen, The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945, Rev. ed. […]