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Graduate Student Placement


Contact the current Director of Placement, Professor Amanda Clayton, at:

Office: 328 Commons Center
Tel: (615) 875-7934
Fax: (615) 343-6003

Mailing address:
Department of Political Science
Vanderbilt University
PMB 505
Nashville, TN 37203-5721

Our faculty is committed to the success of our students. We work hard to train our students so that they will be competitive candidates for academic jobs, both within the United States and beyond. In the years leading up to dissertation completion, the Director of Graduate Studies organizes professional development brown-bags to encourage students to think ahead about networking, publishing, and preparing for the job market. Once the student is ready to enter the job market, the Placement Director and Dissertation Advisor work closely with each student to organize the student’s application materials, to arrange practice job talks, and to help the student prepare for campus and telephone interviews.

To view a list of current students on the market, click here.

2016 placements

  • Fred Batista, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • Matthew DiLorenzo, Research Analyst, AidData, College of William & Mary
  • Brielle Harbin, Vice Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Meri Long, Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

2015 placements

  • Claire Abernathy, Assistant Professor, Stockton University
  • Matthew Layton, Assistant Professor, Ohio University
  • Mason Moseley, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University
  • Stephen Utych, Assistant Professor, Boise State University
  • Daniel Zizumbo-Colunga, Visiting Professor, CIDE-Mexico

2014 placements

  • Camille Burge, Assistant Professor, Villanova University
  • Alejandro Diaz-Dominguez, Adviser, National Electoral Institute, Mexico City
  • Evan Haglund, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • Farhana Loonat, Assistant Professor, Skagit Valley College
  • Mason Moseley, 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism
  • Mariana Rodríguez, Program Coordinator, Latin American Public Opinion Project
  • Jennifer Selin, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2013 placements

  • Patrick Bentley, Associate Research Scientist, Strategic Analysis Enterprises
  • Stacy Clifford, Hegarty Fellow, Michigan State University DOCTRID (Dublin) International Research Institute
  • Margarita Corral, Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University
  • Brian Faughnan, Senior Analyst, Analytics Media Group
  • Rebecca McBride, Assistant Professor, Calvin College

2012 placements

  • Abby Córdova, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
  • John Hudak, Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Jason Husser, Assistant Professor, Elon University, and Assistant Director of the Elon Poll
  • Gbemende Johnson, Assistant Professor, Hamilton College

2011 placements

  • Jennifer Ogg Anderson, Assistant Professor, Tennessee Tech

2010 placements

  • José Miguel Cruz, Visiting Assistant Professor, Florida International University
  • Rodelio Cruz Manacsa, Assistant Professor, Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Sonalini Sapra, Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College

2009 placements

  • Maria Fernanda Boidi, Assistant Professor, Universidad de Montevideo
  • Jeremiah Garretson, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
  • Jenna Lukasik, Assistant Professor, Wheaton College
  • Jorge Daniel Montalvo, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Director of the Center for Global Studies, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador


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