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Our doctoral students are trained in all the main fields of the discipline and have extensive research and teaching experience. Government graduates have gone on to outstanding careers in higher education, public service, and the private sector. Again this year, we are proud to have outstanding students on the job market. Brief sketches of our placement candidates are available below. We also include their contact information. Some students maintain their own page with more detailed information regarding their preparation and strengths.

If you have questions about graduate student placement, please contact the Graduate Field Assistant, Tina Slater or the Director of Graduate Placement, Ken Roberts. If you have any questions about our Ph.D. program in general, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Sarah Kreps.

Job Market Candidates:

Elizabeth Acorn

International law, international organizations, governance of transnational corporations, anti-corruption, law and social change

Nolan Bennett

American political thought, literature, prisons and punishment

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Amanda Cheney

International order, power politics and discourse, Asia-Pacific Security, comparative state formation, Chinese politics, Tibet 


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Simon Cotton

Normative Political Theory (particularly global justice, ethics in economic life, distributive justice & democratic theory); History of Political Thought; Theories of International Relations, Security & Political Economy


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David De Micheli

Comparative politics, identity, inequality, citizenship, social movements, Latin America

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Sebastian Dettman

Comparative politics, political parties, elections, and subnational comparative research, with a focus on Southeast Asia

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Manfred Elfstrom

Comparative politics, China, social movements, labor, authoritarianism

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Michael Gorup

Democratic theory; American and African-American political thought; critical race theory; disobedience and resistance


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Pinar Kemerli

Political Theory, Religion and Politics, Comparative Political Theory, Secularism, Politics and History of Turkey and the Middle East, Political Violence


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Don Leonard

International and comparative political economy of developing countries (international financial crises, natural resources), public choice (distributional politics of public goods provision), Latin America


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Wendy Leutert


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Thibaud Marcesse

Ethnicity, political parties, South Asian politics, politics of foreign aid (with a focus on governance and transitions)


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Aleksandar Matovski

Authoritarian Politics and Democratization, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, Contentious Politics and Internal Conflict, the Politics of Russia, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union


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Joshua Meyer-Gutbrod

Federalism,  Public Policy, Parties and Polarization, State Politics


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Jin Gon Park

Democratic theory; modern political thought; British and American political thought in the nineteenth century; politics and aesthetics

Vijay Phulwani

Democratic theory; history of political thought; political realism; internationals relations

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Elizabeth Plantan

Comparative politics, international relations, authoritarianism, social movements, environmental and energy politics, Russian politics, Chinese politics


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Edward Quish

Democratic theory; political thought and development in the United States; theories of collective action; cooperatives and social movements.


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Rumela Sen

Comparative Politics, Political Violence, Social Movements, Political Economy of Development, South Asia


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Frederick Harris Setzer

Middle East and North Africa, comparative politics, judicial politics, democratization and transitions, comparative law


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Jing Tao

International Law and Organization, Sovereignty and Territorial Disputes, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Great Powers and the International Order, China’s Foreign Policy, Chinese Politics, Asian Security and Politics


Whitney Taylor

comparative politics, law and society, social movements and contentious politics, human rights


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Nicole Weygandt

Energy politics, resource nationalism, foreign direct investment, international and comparative political economy


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Wong, Diane

American politics, Asian American politics, race and ethnicity, urban politics, migration and displacement, comparative immigration, gender and sexuality, cultural and media studies, social movements, community engaged research


Placement Record

Our graduate students have secured a number of impressive academic positions. The last ten years of graduate placements are listed below.


  • Elizabeth Acorn, Yale University*
  • Caitlin Ambrozik, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • Katrina Browne, Microsoft
  • Sebastian Dettman, Stanford University*
  • Manfred Elfstrom, University of Southern California*
  • Mariana Giusti-Rodriguez, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Michael Gorup, University of Pennsylvania*
  • Thibaud Marcesse, King's College, London*
  • Joshua Meyer-Gutbrod, University of California at Santa Barbara*
  • Martijn Mos, Leiden University
  • Elizabeth Plantan, Harvard University*
  • Delphia Shanks-Booth, Hendrix College
  • Timothy Vasko, Barnard College*
  • Diane Wong, New York University*


  • Steffen Blings, Oberlin College*, then Utah State University
  • Christopher Cairns, Center for Naval Analyses
  • Aileen Cardona, Pace University
  • Amanda Cheney, Lund University*
  • Audrey Comstock, Arizona State University*
  • David Cortez, Notre Dame University
  • Natalie Letsa, University of Oklahoma
  • Wendy Leutert, University of Pennsylvania*, Columbia-Harvard*
  • Alex Matovski, Williams College*
  • Sarah Maxey, University of Pennsylvania*, then Loyola University
  • Catherine Reyes-Housholder, Universidad Diego Portales*
  • Mariano Sanchez-Talanquer, CIDE (Department of Political Science at the Center for Economics Research and Teaching
  • Rumela Sen, Columbia University*
  • Elton Skendaj, Florida University*then Manchester University
  • Gregory Thaler, University of Georgia
  • Nicole Weygandt, Princeton University*


  • Erin Hern, College of Idaho
  • Robert Braun, Northwestern University
  • Sinja Graf, National University of Singapore
  • Igor Logvinenko, Wellesley College
  • Danielle Thomsen, Syracuse University
  • Diego Fossati, National University of Singapore*, then City University of Hong Kong
  • Pinar Kemerli, The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics in Washington and Lee University*, then New York University
  • Takaaki Masaki, College of William & Mary*, then World Bank
  • Aleksandar Matovski, Stanford University*
  • Martha Wilfahrt, Northwestern University*, Berkeley University


  • Nolan Bennett, Duke University*
  • Michael Dichio, Fort Lewis College
  • Janice Gallagher, Brown University post-doc
  • Sinja Graf, Koç University*
  • Desmond Jagmohan, Princeton University
  • Gaurav Kampani, University of Tulsa
  • Pinar Kemerli, Bard College*
  • Igor Logvinenko, Columbia University post-doc
  • Deondra Rose, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Alexis Walker, Stetson University


  • Phillip Ayoub, Drexel University
  • Noelle Brigden, Marquette University
  • Simon Gilhooley, Bard University*
  • Onur Ince, Koc University
  • Ishan Joshi, Hamilton College*
  • Don Leonard, Princeton University post-doc
  • Aleksander Lust, Appalachian State
  • Lucia Seybert, American University
  • Maria Sperandei, Dartmouth University
  • Danielle Thomsen, Duke University
  • Pablo Yanguas, University of Manchester*


  • Kyong-Min Son, University of Delaware
  • Simon Cotton, Princeton post-doc


  • Gwendoline Alphonso, Fairfield University
  • Jamie Bleck, Notre Dame
  • Chia-Chen Chou, National Chengchi University
  • Jennifer Hadden, University of Maryland
  • Kristin McKie, Yale post-doc, then St. Lawrence University
  • Alison McQueen, Stanford University
  • Tsveta Petrova, Columbia University post-doc
  • Elton Skendaj, Notre Dame post-doc, then Florida Int’l University*
  • Chris Zepeda-Millan, Loyola Marymount University


  • Richard Bownas, University of Northern Colorado
  • Holger Kern, University of South Carolina
  • Daniel Kinderman, University of Delaware
  • Michael Miller, University of Illinois
  • Tsveta Petrova, Harvard University post-doc
  • Danielle Resnick, United Nations University post-doc


  • Daniel Sledge, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Ameya Balsekar, Lawrence University
  • Jennifer Erickson, Boston College
  • Holger Kern, Yale Post-Doc, then University of South Carolina
  • Karrie Koesel, University of Oregon
  • Samantha Majic, CUNY/John Jay College
  • Stephen Nelson, Northwestern University
  • Margarita Petrova, Institut Barcelona d’ Estudis Internacionals
  • Seo-Hyun Park, Lafayette College
  • Jeffrey Selinger, Bowdoin College*
  • Michelle Smith, University of Florida
  • Tariq Thachil, Yale University
  • Geoff Wallace, University of Kentucky
  • Sophia Wallace, University of Kentucky


  • Anuradha Chakravarty, University of South Carolina
  • Il Hyun Cho, Cleveland State University
  • Katherine Gordy, San Francisco State University
  • Jana Grittersova, University of California, Riverside
  • Stephanie Hofmann, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jai Kwan Jung, George Washington University
  • Andrew Yeo, Catholic University


  • Banu Bargu, The New School
  • Joe Foudy, NYU Stern School of Business
  • Tomas Larsson, University of Cambridge
  • Andrew Phillips, University of Queensland
  • Yoonho Kim, Southern Illinois University
  • Tom Raven, Syracuse University
  • Jeff Selinger, Bowdoin College


  • Kate Gordy, Franklin and Marshall College*
  • Dev Gupta, Carleton College
  • Mi Ji, Peking University
  • Shannon Mariotti, Rollins College
  • Barak Mendelsohn, Tel Aviv University post-doc then Haverford
  • Scott Siegel, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Yuriko Takahashi, Kobe University
  • Stephen Watts, UMASS Amherst
  • Zhang Wu, Union College


  • Mark Anner, Penn State University
  • April Brinkman, University of Washington*
  • Nancy Kwang Johnson, Western Illinois University
  • Olena Prokopovych, Wesleyan College
  • Thomas Raven, Syracuse University*
  • Manny Teitelbaum, George Washington University
  • Israel Waismel-Manor, University of Haifa

*=Visiting, Post-doc, Lecturer, Faculty Fellow, Term positions