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Ph.D. Placement

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 2021

Name
Current Placement
Initial Placement
Specialization
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

Graduation Year 2020

Name
Current Placement
Initial Placement
Specialization
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

Graduation Year 2019

Name
Current Placement
Initial Placement
Specialization
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

Graduation Year 2018

Name
Current Placement
Initial Placement
Specialization
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

Graduation Year 2017

Name
Current Placement
Initial Placement
Specialization
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