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Our program has been very successful in placing our graduates. Since 2000, almost all of our graduates from the PhD program have received tenure-track appointments in a variety of academic institutions. Below you will find profiles of some recent graduates and a list of placements.

Spotlight on Placements
Skyler CranmerSkyler Cranmer (PhD, 2007) is an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, having previously been at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Skyler’s primary interest is in political methodology, in which he is conducting research in Bayesian statistics (particularly multiple change point estimation and reversible jump MCMC), missing data imputation, complex network analysis, and automated data gathering and content analysis. He spent 2006-07 as a visiting pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and then remained there during 2007-08 as a post-doctoral fellow. Skyler also does research in the field of international Relations.  He has recent articles in Political Analysis, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Journal of Politics, Social Networks, and Physica A. Elizabeth SimasElizabeth Simas (PhD, 2011) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston. Her research uses both survey and experimental methodologies to explore the way candidates and voters behave in electoral campaigns, with a particular emphasis on the U.S. House. Among her achievements as a graduate student was receiving the Dean's Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence in Research. She is currently working on a number of projects, with working papers on the predictability and impact of candidate issue statements, partisan projection and bias in the assessment of candidate positions, and the individual effects of elite level polarization. Her work as appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Research Quarterly.
Zeynep Somer-TopcuZeynep Somer-Topcu (PhD, 2009) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, having previously been at Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching interests include a broad array of issues in comparative politics and institutions. She is currently examining political parties' policy changes in response to public opinion shifts and the consequences of these policy shifts on public opinion, election outcomes, cabinet formation and duration, and party leadership survival in both Western and Eastern and Central European democracies. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Comparative Political Studies.  Her research has won a number of awards, and in 2013 she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the APSA section on Political Organizations and Parties.

Jim ZinkJames Zink (PhD, 2010) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the faculty at North Carolina State, Jim was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University.  His primary research is in the history of political thought, with a special emphasis on early American political thought, Anglo-American constitutional theory, and the problems and possibilities of liberalism. He also has a secondary research agenda on the practical implications of ideas in the history of political thought, including experimental research concerning perceptions of judicial legitimacy. His recent publications include articles in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, The Review of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.



Recent Placements
(Tenure-track academic positions unless otherwise noted)
Shareefa Al-Adwani American University of Kuwait (2016)
Jesse Hammond Naval Postgraduate School (2016)
Michelle Schwarze University of Wisconsin, Madison (2016)
Timothy Taylor Wheaton College (2016)
Richard Bairett Southern Utah University (2015)
Wilfred Chow University of Hong Kong (2015)
Christopher Hallenbrook Visiting Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg State University (2015)
Tracy Lin Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Francisco (2015)
Kristina Victor Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California Sacramento Center (2015)
John Warner Kansas State University (2015)
Shaina Western Oxford University (Somerville College) (2015)
Danielle Joesten California State University, Sacramento (2014)
Matthew Pietryka Florida State University (2014)
Alicja Jac-Kucharski Lone Star College, Kingwood (2013)
Richard Johnson University of Strathclyde (2013)
Debra Leiter University of Missouri, Kansas City (2013)
Gail Pivetti Research Analyst, KSE Partners (2013)
Ryan Reed Northwest Missouri State University (2013); currently at Bradley University
Jack Reilly New College (2013)
Michelle Schwarze Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013)
Matthew Weiss University of Texas, Pan American (2013)
Chris Albon Director, Governance Project, FrontlineSMS (2012); currently Director, Data Projects, Ushahidi
Elissa Alzate Winona State University, Minnesota (2012)
Niki Kalaf-Hughes Bowling Green State University (2012)
Milosz Kucharski Lone Star College, CyFair (2012)
Sarah Lockhart Fordham University (2012)
Caitlin Milazzo University of Exeter (2012); currently at the University of Nottingham
Carl Palmer Illinois State University (2012)
Jennifer Wilking California State University, Chico (2012)
Ibrahim Zabad St. Bonaventure University (2012)
Kevin Evans Florida International University (2011)
Kris Inman Social Science Researcher, Booz Allen Hamilton (2011)
Alexander Mayer Research Associate, MDRC (2011)
Elizabeth Simas University of Houston (2011)
Jonathan Seth Snider Analyst, Department of Defense (2011)
James R. Zink North Carolina State University (2011)
Andrea Duwel Presentation High School (2010)
Rolfe Peterson Mercyhurst College (2010)
Aimee Tannehill Cryptanalyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation (2010)
Monti Datta University of Richmond (2009)
John B. Ryan Florida State University (2009); currently at SUNY, Stony Brook
Belgin San Koç University (2009)
Curtis Simon Mt. San Antonio College (2009)
Zeynep Somer-Topcu Vanderbilt University (2009); currently at University of Texas, Austin
Leo Blanken Naval Postgraduate School (2008)
Skyler Cranmer University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008); currently at The Ohio State University
Nikolaus Emmanuel Oklahoma State University (2008); currently at the University of Copenhagen
Gregory Love University of Mississippi (2008)
Molly M. Melin Loyola University Chicago (2008)
Jennifer Ramos Loyola Marymount University (2008)
Gloria Walker Centenary College of Louisiana (2008)
Olga Bogatyrenko SUNY, Fredonia (2007)
Ryan Dudley California Maritime Academy (2007)
Sarah Fulton Texas A&M University (2007)
V. Gregg Garbesi United States Naval Academy (2007)
Dana Zartner Tulane University (2007); currently at University of San Francisco
Daniel Brunstetter University of California, Irvine (2006)
Matthew Carlson University of Vermont (2005)
Ryan Claassen Kent State University (2005)
Michael Koch Texas A&M University (2005)
Michael Rocca University of New Mexico (2005)
Patricia Sullivan University of Georgia (2005); currently at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Cynthia Boaz SUNY, Brockport (2004); currently at Sonoma State University
Christian Erickson Roosevelt University (2003)
Tiffany (Jones) Miller University of Dallas (2003)
Kimberly L. Nalder California State University, Sacramento (2003)
Bethany Barratt Roosevelt University (2002)
Teena Gabrielson Southwestern University (2002); currently at University of Wyoming
John J. Kennedy University of Kansas (2002)
Richard Andres School of Advanced Airpower Studies (2001)
Thomas G. Hansford University of South Carolina (2001); currently at University of California, Merced
Stephen R. Routh California State University, Stanislaus (2001)
Lisa Sharlach University of Alabama (2001)
Craig Collins California State University, Hayward (2000)
David Damore University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2000)
Matthew Hoddie Texas A&M University (2000); currently at Towson University
Monica Barczak University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1998)
Stephen Nicholson Georgia State University (1998); currently at University of California, Merced
Stacy (Burnett) Gordon University of Nevada, Reno (1997)
Roger Rose Benedictine University (1997)
Nancy Shulock California State University, Sacramento (1997)
Linda Valenty San Jose State University (1997)
Haeran Lim Seoul National University (1996)
Catherine Nelson Sonoma State University (1996)
Ross Miller Santa Clara University (1995); currently at University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Caroline A. Hartzell Gettysburg College (1994)
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