Ph.D. Placement

Penn State's Political Science Ph.D. students receive academic appointments at some of the top schools in the U.S., and take private sector positions in research, technology, security, and more:

Graduation
Year
Name
Current Placement Initial Placement
Specialization
2021 Qing Deng George Washington University, Visiting Assistant Professor Part-time instructor, Penn State Comparative Politics/International Relations
Joseph Phillips Post-doc, University of Kent, UK Post-doc, Exeter American Politics/Political Methodology
Aubrey Waddick Research Analyst, Maryland Independent College and University Associate Research Analyst, Maryland Independent College and University Associate International Relations/Asian Studies
Omer Yalcin Lecturer position, Data Analytics and Computational Social Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Lecturer position, Data Analytics and Computational Social Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Comparative Politics/Social Data Analytics
2020 Nicholas Dietrich Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan International Relations/Political Methodology
Markus Neumann Post-doc, Wesleyan Post-doc, Wesleyan American Politics/Social Data Analytics
2019 Yaoyao Dai Assistant Professor, Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte Post-doc, New York University - Abu Dhabi Comparative Politics/Asian Studies
Matthew Denny Research Scientist, Facebook Core Data Science Research Scientist, Facebook Core Data Science American Politics/Social Data Analytics
MinHyung (Minnie) Joo Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Lowell Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Lowell International Relations/Political Methodology
Chuyu Liu Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam Post-doc, Johns Hopkins University International Relations/Political Methodology
Xu Xu Assistant Professor, Princeton University Assistant Professor, Princeton University Comparative Politics/International Relations
2018 Margaret Ariotti Assistant Professor, University of Georgia Assistant Professor, University of Georgia Comparative Politics/Political Methodology
Amanda Fidalgo Assistant Professor, New College of Florida Assistant Professor, New College of Florida Comparative Politics/American Politics
Fridolin Linder Data Scientist at Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems, Siemens Post-doc, New York University Political Methodology/Comparative Politics
Ryan McMahon Data Scientist, Google Verisk Maplecroft Company Political Methodology/American Politics
Kevin Reuning Assistant Professor, Miami University (Ohio) Assistant Professor, Miami University (Ohio) American Politics/Political Methodology
Wonjun Song Assistant Professor, Hanyang University, South Korea Post-doc, Penn State International Relations/Comparative Politics
Anne Whitesell Assistant Professor,  Miami University of Ohio Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University American Politics/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2017 Christopher Boylan Data Scientist, Verisk Maplecroft Company (Dublin) Data Scientist, Verisk Maplecroft Company (Dublin) Comparative Politics/Political Methodology
Michael Kenwick Assistant Professor, Rutgers University Post-doc, University of Pennsylvania International Relations/Political Methodology
Zachary Jones Senior Analyst, University of Washington Post-doc, University of Washington International Relations/Political Methodology
Josh Semat Senior Business Analyst, MITRE Corporation Visiting Assistant Professor, George Mason University American Politics/Comparative Politics
Eleanor Schiff Visiting Professor, Bucknell University Visiting Assistant Professor, Dickinson College American Politics/Comparative Politics