Yesterday marked the first day of the Spring 2013 semester here at George Mason University. It’s a bit different this time around in that I have no classes with other students. I’m taking a directed reading (a.k.a. independent study) to round out my knowledge of bureaucratic politics in anticipation of my field statement. The deliverable for the course cannot be a field statement, so I will have to work on the areas of my field statement separately from this course. I’m starting with an approximately 1000 word prospectus to describe bureaucratic politics and which parts I will focus on as I continue my studies.
This is the first semester I’ve set my own schedule – it will definitely take some getting used to. I plan to be on campus 2-3 days a week as has been my habit over the past 2 1/2 years, but I’ll no longer have to commute back home at 10:00 PM!
As for my field statement, it’s coming together, but I’m still not where I want to be. My three areas of concentration are:
1) Bureaucracy and Foreign Policy
2) Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
3) The Relationship of Russia with its Neighbors (this one may need to be fleshed out a bit more)
I have two members for my field committee, but am still looking for a third. This means I’ll have to write and recruit simultaneously. If I continue down the path of the three fields above, I will need a “Russia Expert” to round out my committee. At this point, I’m still looking.
I still intend to follow the schedule in my revised plan: I’ll keep you informed as the semester unfolds.