Placement and Professionalization

We have a successful track record of placement both within and outside of academia.

Recent placements include:

  • Jon Spiegler, Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke Kunshan University
  • Ha Eun Choi, Research postdoctoral position, University of Potsdam
  • Joshua Koss, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Eastern Michigan University.
  • Mircea Lazar, Qualitative Researcher, Office of Informatics and Analytics, state of Tennessee Department of Health
  • Aliyah J. McIlwain, Office of Knowledge Management, U.S. Department of State
  • Jonathan King, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, West Virginia University
  • Nikolaos Frantzeskakis, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Kesicia A. Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Political Science and African-American Studies, University of Mississippi
  • Zuhaib Mahmood, Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University
  • Caleb Lucas, RAND Corporation Political Scientist
  • Kangwook Han, Assistant Professor  Jeonbuk National University, South Korea
  • Davia Downey, Director of the Urban Affairs program at the University of Memphis.
  • Lizze Brannon, Assistant Professor at Texas Tech
  • Hyunwoo Kim, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • Alon Kraitzman, Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania, Howard Deshong Postdoctoral Fellow in the Annenberg Center for Advanced Study in Communication (ACASC)
  • Fang-Yu Chen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Soochow University, Taiwan
  • Petra HendricksonAssistant Professor, Northern Michigan University.
  • Kangwook Han, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Jeonbuk National University
  • Jessica Schoenherr, Assistant Professor in Public Law, University of South Carolina
  • Michael Giles, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Notre Dame
  • Nathaniel Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Thomas Bentley, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Elizabeth Lane, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Jamil Scott, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
  • William Isaac, Research Scientist, Google: Deep Mind AI
  • Miles Armaly, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
  • Adam Enders, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
  • Fangjin Ye, Assistant Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • Brian Kennedy, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

The department offers a variety of opportunities for graduate student professionalization. Preparing students for conferences, teaching, and the job market is a top priority. In addition to our Ph.D. training through coursework, we also offer workshops, training sessions, and mentorship to support students as they prepare for their careers.

One key goal of professionalization in our department is ensuring that students are working with faculty mentors and graduate student colleagues on original research to present at conferences and submit for publication. Here is a sample of recent publications and conference papers by our graduate students, including work co-authored with our faculty:


Connect with our Political Science PhD alumni here.