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, among others. 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, at Yale, Stanford, Brown, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, and Gottenburgh universities, among others. Beyond tenure track positions, many of our other students choose to enter the private sector, the non-profit world, or government.

For detailed program data, click here.

Where our grads are now (Since 2009-10, Tenure track only)

American University
Amherst College
Boston University
Campbell University
Claremont Graduate University
Depaul University
Dickinson College
Elizabethtown College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Fudan University
Furman University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hartwick College
Hong Kong Baptist University
Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica – Taiwan
Johns Hopkins University
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Israel
Linfield College
London School of Economics
Macalester College
Marquette University
Miami University
Michigan State University
Morningside College
Mount Holyoke College
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Ohio University

Otterbein University
Penn State University
Queens University
Shawnee State University
St. Lawrence University
SUNY – Buffalo
Texas Christian University
University of Alabama
University of California, Irvine
University of Connecticut
University of Denver
University of Edinburgh
University of Houston
University of Maine
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of Nevada
University of Oklahoma
University of Pittsburg
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of St. Andrews
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Wake Forest University
William and Mary
Yonsei University’s East Asia International College (South Korea)
Zayed University