Benjamin Sawyer

Benjamin Sawyer is Lecturer in the Department of History at Middle Tennessee State University, and previously worked as Development Editor for GradHacker. His dissertation examines the movement of American workers to the Soviet Union during the era of the New Economic Policy (1921-1928). Aside from Soviet history, he is interested in the histories of capitalism and communism, and the ways that economic systems produce and allocate values. Benjamin is originally from Cabarrus County, NC. He holds a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2002), an MA in History from Appalachian State University (2005), and a PhD in History from Michigan State University (2013).

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July 11, 2013
Seeking advice for new grad students.
June 25, 2013
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March 14, 2013
At the most recent conference of the Association for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), held last November, representatives from several academic presses and scholars who had recently published monographs based on their dissertations held a roundtable dedicated to giving current grad students tips on what they should prepare for if they intend on turning their dissertation into a book.
October 16, 2012
After taking into account the costs of pursuing a graduate degree, you now move on to one of the most stressful parts of your graduate experience: deciding which program is right for you. As a graduate student in the seventh (and final) year of my doctoral program with a remarkably large group of friends who have pursued graduate degrees, I have spent a lot of time talking to those applying to graduate school in a variety of fields and listening to what did and didn’t work for them, as well as the regrets that they had once the process was over.
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