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Graduate Student Placement

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 Adviser 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.


  • Darrian Stacey, Assistant Professor, Naval Academy


  • Rich Hagner, US Army Advanced Strategic Plans and Policy Fellow
  • Claire Evans, Research Coordinator, Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University
  • Kaitlin Cassell, Research Manager, YouGov
  • James Martherus, Senior Survey Analyst, YouGov
  • Hee-Ju Jang-Paulsen, Senior Research Associate, Virginia Department of Social Services


  • Oscar Castorena, Research Analyst, LAPOP Lab
  • Maggie Deichert, Director of Policy Development and Research, Dallas Housing Authority
  • Andrew Engelhardt, Assistant Professor, UNC Greensboro
  • Marc Trussler, Director of Data Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies
  • Sheahan Virgin, Assistant Professor, Grinnell College


  • Allison Archer, Assistant Professor, University of Houston
  • Juan Camilo Plata, Associate Researcher for the Observatorio de la Democracia at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia
  • Mollie Cohen, Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia
  • Beth Estes, Academic Support Coordinator, the Writing Studio, Vanderbilt University
  • Scott Limbocker, Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Mark Richardson, Assistant Professor, James Madison University
  • Bryan Rooney, Junior Research Fellow, the Carlos III Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain
  • Carrie Roush, Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 2017-2019
  • Guilherme Russo, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Research Associate, the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.


  • Fred Batista, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • Matthew DiLorenzo, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
  • Brielle Harbin, Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy
  • Meri Long, Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh


  • 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, Assistant Professor, CIDE-Mexico


  • 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, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University
  • Mariana Rodríguez, Policy and Research Director, Think Tennessee
  • Jennifer Selin, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Eelco van der Maat, Tenured Assistant Professor of International Relations, Leiden University


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


  • 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


  • Jennifer Ogg Anderson, Assistant Professor, Tennessee Tech


  • 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


  • 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 and Director of the Center for Global Studies, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador