Career Placement

The Department actively supports our students throughout their job search. The Director of Graduate Studies and the major advisors review all job market materials such as CVs, writing samples, and diversity and teaching statements.  In addition, the department arranges special informational sessions, “mock” interviews, and practice job talks to prepare students for the kinds of questions they will face from potential employers. This support complements other departmental activities designed to professionalize graduate students, including brown bag discussions about attending professional conferences, publishing opportunities, and seeking grant funding.

Graduates from our program primarily pursue academic careers with the goal of a tenure-track position at a college or university. In recent years, our students have been offered tenure track positions at leading research universities such as Princeton University, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Florida State University, University of Pittsburgh, Boston University, Texas A+M, SUNY-Buffalo, Australian National University, London School of Economics, and George Washington University, among others. Our students also do well in obtaining positions at selective liberal arts colleges, such as Amherst, Grinnell, Wesleyan, Macalaster, and the University of San Francisco. Consistent with trends in the discipline, many students now receive a one or two-year post-doctoral fellowship after receiving their PhDs from our department, and in recent years our students have been awarded many of these, including at Yale, Stanford, Brown, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, and Gottenburgh University.

Many of our students will choose to enter the private sector, the non-profit world, or government. In recent years our students have pursued careers such as Data Scientists, Consultants, Researchers, and Directors. Current graduate students can access here a list of Department of Political Science alumni who can serve as resources, sounding boards, and a network for students who are interested in pursuing nonacademic careers of various kinds. Current graduate students can also access here a sample resume and cover letter from an alum of our program who is currently working in the private sector. To access the documents on this page you will need to sign in to your UW Box Account.

Where our grads are now

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Anne Jamison International Relations Post-Doc

Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Princeton University (2020)

Stellenbosch University(2020)

Copenhagen Business School (2021)

Camila Angulo Comparative Politics Assistant Professor CIDE
Devin Judge-Lord American Politics Post-Doc Harvard University
Dmitrii Kofanov Comparative Politics Post-Doc University of Barcelona
Anna Meier International Relations Assistant Professor University of Nottingham
Kaden Paulson-Smith Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Sujeong Shim International Relations Post-Doc University of Zurich
Micah Dillard International Relations Data Analyst

Data Scientist

Achievement First (2020)

Morning Consult (2021)

Michael DeCrescenzo American Politics Quantitative Researcher DRW
Ben Power International Relations Associate Oliver Wyman
Delgerjargal Uvsh Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Post-Doc

New York University (2020)

University of Southern California (2021)

Evan Morier Comparative Politics Data Analytics Developer Mathematica

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Nick Barnes Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Saint Andrew’s – Scotland
Michael Masterson International Relations Assistant Professor Missouri State University
Maayan Mor Comparative Politics Post-Doc University of Barcelona
Anna Oltman International Relations Assistant Professor University College-London
Michael Promisel Political Theory Assistant Professor Coastal Carolina University
Katie Robiadek Political Theory Assistant Professor Hood College
Zach Warner Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Purdue University
Danielle Delaney Political Theory Assistant Professor Queen’s University

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Desiree Desierto Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Post-Doc

University of Rochester (2019)

University of Pittsburgh (2021)

Rachel Jacobs Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Dickinson College
Kyle Marquardt Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Higher School of Economics
Susanne Mueller-Redwood International Relations Lecturer Mount Holyoke College
Camilla Rueterswaerd Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Research Fellow

Freie Universitat Berlin (2019)

University of Sussex (2021)

Rachel Schwartz Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Tulane University (2019)

Otterbein University (2020)

Dan Walters American Politics Assistant Professor Penn State
David Lassen American Politics Community-Engaged Learning Program Director University of Notre Dame
Clarence Moore Comparative Politics Private Sector

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Zachary Barnett-Howell International Relations Post-Doc  Yale University
Hannah Chapman Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Miami University
Evan Crawford American Politics Assistant Professor University of San Diego
Katelyn Jones Political Theory Term Assistant Professor

Women, Peace, & Security Fellow | ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow

Independent Consultant

Non-Resident Fellow

Director of Quality and Research

Vice President of Policy, Research, and Evaluation

Barnard College (2017)

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2018)

DynamicAlly, LLC

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (2021)

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago (2021)

Kathleen Klaus Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of San Francisco
Christopher Krewson American Politics Assistant Professor Claremont University
Ning Leng Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Harvard University (2018)

Georgetown University (2019)

Ryan Powers International Relations Assistant Professor University of Georgia
Mark Toukan International Relations Post-Doc

Associate Political Scientist

University of Pennsylvania

RAND

Regina Wagner American Politics Assistant Professor University of Alabama
Jennifer Brookhart American Politics Fellow

Data Scientist

Lead Data Scientist – Cyber and Intelligence

Insight Data Science (2017-2019)

Jungle Scout (2018)

Mastercard (2020)

Matt Scharf Comparative Politics African Regional Operations Advisor

Senior Advisor, Public & Government Affairs (Guyana)

Deputy Public & Govt Affairs Manager (Guyana)

ExxonMobile (2017)

ExxonMobile (2019)

ExxonMobile (2021)

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Sirus Bouchat Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Northwestern University
Thomas Bunting Political Theory Assistant Professor Shawnee State University
Kathleen Klaus Comparative Politics Visiting Assistant Professor Wesleyan University
Kyle Marquardt Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

University of Gothenburg (2015)

Higher School of Economics (2019)

Ryan Powers International Relations Post-Doc Yale University
Charles Taylor Comparative Politics Research Consultant

Research Consultant

Instructor and Course Director

American Friends Service Committee (2017)

Navanti Group (2018)

Foreign Service Institute (2019)

Samantha Vortherms Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Stanford University (2017)

UC-Irvine (2017)

Brianne Wolf Political Theory Assistant Professor Ashland University

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Ethan Alexander-Davey Political Theory Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

University of Richmond (2016)

Campbell University (2017)

Sanja Badanjak Comparative Politics Post-Doc University of Edinburgh
Jessica Clayton International Relations Institutional Planner UW-Whitewater
Simon Haeder American Politics Assistant Professor West Virginia University
Bradley Jones American Politics Senior Researcher Pew Research Center
Dalton Lin International Relations Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Academia Sinica-Taiwan (2016)

Georgia Institute of Technology (2017)

James Sieja American Politics Assistant Professor St. Lawrence University
Benjamin Toff American Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Oxford University

University of Minnesota

Steven Wilson Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

University of Gothenburg (2016)

University of Nevado-Reno (2017)

Dominic Desapio Comparative Politics Private Sector/Government
Casey Erhlich-Rollow Comparative Politics

Manager of Research Review and Support

Senior Manager, Research Review and Support

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Lynn Fredrikkson Comparative Politics

Advocacy Director for Africa

Amnesty International USA
Leah Larson-Rabin Comparative Politics Private Sector/Government

Shahirah Mahmood

Comparative Politics Country Analyst

Evaluation Consultant

Easterseals

Easterseals

Easterseals

Freedom House (2016)

Spark Policy Institute (2017)

Grants Writer (Grants, Innovation and Program Development) (2018)

Senior Project Manager, Measurement and Evaluation (2020)

Director, Data Management, Measurement and Outcomes (2021)

Taylor Price Comparative Politics Private Sector/Government

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Barry Driscoll Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor Grinnell
Kyle Hanniman Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario
Brett Kyle Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor University of Nebraska, Omaha
Ruoxi Li American Politics Assistant Professor California State University-San Marcos
Jeff Paller Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor University of San Francisco
Emily Sellars Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor Texas A&M
Bill Egar American Politics Social Science Analyst

Data Scientist

Social Science Analyst

Senior Director, Data Science

US Government Accountability Office (2015)

The Lab @ DC (2017)

Congressional Research Service (2018)

Morning Consult (2020)

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Adam Auerbach Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor American University
Galina Belokurova Comparative Politics Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Senior Data Analyst

Assistant Director of Operations, Institutional Research

West Coast University (2016)

UC San Diego (2017)

UC San Diego (2020)

Inken von Borzykowski International Relations Assistant Professor Florida State University
Guangxin Fan Political Theory Visiting assistant professor Hong Kong Baptist University 
Mert Kartal International Relations Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin-Steven Point 
Rebecca LeMoine Political Theory Assistant Professor Florida Atlantic University 
Roseanne McManus International Relations Assistant Professor Baruch College
Jacob Neiheisel American Politics Assistant Professor SUNY-Buffalo
Kristen Vekasi Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Maine-Orono
Se-Hyoung Yi Political Theory Assistant Professor Trinity Christian College
Vera Zuo Comparative Politics Visiting Assistant professor Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Ryan Biava Comparative Politics Affiliate Assistant Professor

Management Consultant, City-wide Strategic Initiatives

University of Washington Information School

City of Toronto

Nick Judge American Politics Programmer

Founder

Co-founder

Microsoft Advanced Analytics (2014)

RootProject (2017)

Judge Research (2018)

Yujin Kim American Politics Private sector/Government

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Meina Cai Comparative Politics  Assistant Professor University of Connecticut
Jason Engle American Politics Consultant-Data and Statistics

Dean for Organizational Learning

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (2013)

Columbia Basin College (2016)

Rob Gingerich Political Theory Private sector/Government
Dimitri Kelly American Politics Assistant Professor Linfield College
Sarah Niebler American Politics Assistant Professor Dickinson College
Saemyi Park American Politics Assistant Professor Carson-Newman University
Mark Ratkovic American Politics Assistant Professor Princeton University
Kerry Ratigan  Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Amherst College

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Leticia Bode American Politics Assistant Professor Georgetown University
Deven Carlson American Politics Assistant Professor University of Oklahoma
Meghan Condon American Politics Lecturer Loyola University Chicago
Sara Dahill-Brown American Politics Assistant Professor Wake Forest University
Evgeny Finkel Comparative Politics Assistant Professor George Washington University
Tim Hildebrandt Comparative Politics Assistant Professor King’s College London
Lesley Lavery American Politics Assistant Professor Macalester College
Jeremy Menchick Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Stanford University (2011)

American University of Beirut (2012)

Boston University (2013)

David Nelson American Politics

Director of Alumni Professional Networks

Managing Director of Alumni Engagement

The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging

UW Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (2014)

Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (2014)

Executive Director (2020)

Michael Pisapia American Politics Assistant Professor Wake Forest University
Ladan Affi Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Zayed University
Matt Holleque American Politics Deputy Statistical Modeling Director

Co-founder

Quantitative Researcher

Research Science Manager

Research Director

Obama for America Campaign (2012)

BlueLabs: Analytics, Data, and Technology (2013)

Facebook (2015)

Facebook (2108)

Facebook (2021)

Mark Ratkovic American Politics Lecturer Princeton University

Name

Subfield

Position

Institution

Amnon Cavari American Politics Assistant Professor IDC-Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy
Yousun Chung Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica
Valerie Hennings American Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Iowa State University

Morningside University

Dong Wook Kim International Relations Assistant Professor Marquette University
Lauren McCarthy Comparative Politics Post-Doc

Assistant Professor

Woodrow Wilson Center/Kennan Institute 

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Tricia Olsen Comparative Politics Assistant Professor University of Denver
Kimiko Osawa Comparative Politics Assistant Professor Yonsei University
Andrew Reiter International Relations Assistant Professor Mount Holyoke College