The Department of Political Science doctoral program maintains a high percentage of alumni job placements.

Since 2000, many of our Ph.D. program graduates have been appointed to tenure-track positions in prestigious academic institutions. Here are stories about of some recent graduates, along with a comprehensive list of placements.

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Jaime Jackson

Jaime Jackson (PhD 2019) will be starting as an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) this Fall 2020 at California State University Sacramento in the Department of Political Science. In addition to her teaching and research at CSUS, Jaime will also be the new director of the Political Science Internship Program. Among her achievements as a graduate student was receiving the Dean's Doctoral Fellowship for Excellence in Research. Her research and teaching interests broadly include civil conflict, strategic nonviolence, foreign policy, and research methods. More specifically, her research focuses on the dynamics of external support in violent and nonviolent resistance campaigns. While at CSUS, she will continue work on a unique group-level dataset focused on external support for nonviolent resistance, as well as a book project on NGOs in resistance campaigns. Her work has recently been featured in the Journal of Peace Research.

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Daniel Simmons

Daniel J. Simmons (Ph.D., 2020) is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Michael's College. His primary research, previously published in the Journal of Politics, uses experiments to examine how controversial policing affects the public's opinion of the police and local government, as well as the public's attitudes towards policing policy. He also uses experiments to examine varied aspects of political behavior including how religion affects foreign intervention policy preferences, how local election results can affect a political party's national prospects, and how shocks can affect network formation and behavior. The latter research was conducted as part of the Social and Political Interacting Networks interdisciplinary research team at UC Davis under the direction of Distinguished Professor Zeev Maoz. Daniel teaches courses on American government, state and local politics, constitutional law, and criminal justice.


  • 2020-2021 Graduates
  • Ipek Bahceci - Postdoctoral Fellow, European Union Institute
    Samuel Collitt - Lead Researcher, Committee of 100
    Slande Erole - Data & Visualization Specialist, ECCO Shoes
    Jordan Hamzawi - Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
    Nahrain Rasho - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona
    Amy Skoll - Assistant Professor, Cal Maritime Academy

  • 2019-2020 Graduates

  • • Ross Butters – Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UC Center Sacramento
    • Jaime Jackson – Assistant Professor at Sacramento State
    • Gento Kato – Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University
    • Matthew Lesenyie – Assistant Professor at Cal State, Long Beach
    • Daniel Simmons – Assistant Professor at Saint Michael’s College
    • Cory Struthers – Assistant Professor at University of Georgia
    • Roi Zur - Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at University of Essex
    • Tzu-Ping Liu - Assistant Professor at University of Taipei

  • 2018-2019 Graduates

  • • Adam Kunz: Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Theory, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
    • Fan Lu: Tenure-track position at Queen's University
    • Ariel Petrovich: Stanton postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard’s Belfer Center
    • Evan Sandler: 3-year postdoctoral teaching fellowship at Stanford University
    • Carlos Algara – 2019-2020 APSA Congressional Fellow, Assistant Professor of Politics & Government, Claremont Graduate University

  • 2017 Graduates

  • • Andrey Tomashevskiy – Assistant Professor at Rutgers University
    • Paul Johnson – Research Analyst for the US Airforce
    • Tracy Lin – Postdoctoral Scholar at the London School of Economics
    • Christopher P. Donnelly – currently a Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington

  • 2016 Graduates

  • All are tenure-track academic positions unless otherwise noted.

    • Shareefa Al-Adwani: American University of Kuwait
    • Jesse Hammond: Naval Postgraduate School
    • Michelle Schwarze: University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Timothy Taylor: Wheaton College

  • 2015 Graduates

  • • Richard Bairett: Southern Utah University
    • Wilfred Chow: University of Hong Kong
    • Christopher Hallenbrook: Assistant Professor at CSU Dominguez Hills
    • Tracy Lin: Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Francisco
    • Kristina Victor: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California Sacramento Center
    • John Warner: Kansas State University
    • Shaina Western: Oxford University (Somerville College)

  • 2014 Graduates

  • • Danielle Joesten: California State University, Sacramento
    • Matthew Pietryka: Florida State University

  • 2013 Graduates

  • • Alicja Jac-Kucharski: Lone Star College, Kingwood
    • Richard Johnson: University of Strathclyde
    • Debra Leiter: University of Missouri, Kansas City
    • Gail Pivetti: Research Analyst, KSE Partners
    • Ryan Reed: Northwest Missouri State University; currently at Bradley University
    • Jack Reilly: New College
    • Michelle Schwarze: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Matthew Weiss: University of Texas, Pan American

  • 2012 Graduates

  • • Chris Albon: Director, Governance Project, FrontlineSMS; currently Director, Data Projects, Ushahidi 
    • Elissa Alzate: Winona State University, Minnesota
    • Niki Kalaf-Hughes: Bowling Green State University
    • Milosz Kucharski: Lone Star College, CyFair
    • Sarah Lockhart: Fordham University
    • Caitlin Milazzo: University of Exeter; currently at the University of Nottingham
    • Carl Palmer: Illinois State University
    • Jennifer Wilking: California State University, Chico
    • Ibrahim Zabad: St. Bonaventure University

  • 2011 Graduates

  • • Kevin Evans: Florida International University 
    • Kris Inman: Social Science Researcher, Booz Allen Hamilton
    • Alexander Mayer: Research Associate, MDRC
    • Elizabeth Simas: University of Houston 
    • Jonathan Seth Snider: Analyst, Department of Defense
    • James R. Zink: North Carolina State University

  • 2010 Graduates

  • • Andrea Duwel: Presentation High School
    • Rolfe Peterson: Mercyhurst College 
    • Aimee Tannehill: Cryptanalyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • 2009 Graduates

  • • Monti Datta: University of Richmond 
    • John B. Ryan: Florida State University; currently at SUNY, Stony Brook
    • Belgin San-Acka: Koç University 
    • Curtis Simon: Mt. San Antonio College
    • Zeynep Somer-Topcu: Vanderbilt University; currently at University of Texas, Austin 

  • 2008 Graduates

  • • Leo Blanken: Naval Postgraduate School 
    • Skyler Cranmer: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; currently at The Ohio State University
    • Nikolaus Emmanuel: Oklahoma State University; currently at the University of Copenhagen
    • Gregory Love: University of Mississippi 
    • Molly M. Melin: Loyola University Chicago 
    • Jennifer Ramos: Loyola Marymount University
    • Gloria Walker: Centenary College of Louisiana

  • 2007 Graduates

  • • Olga Bogatyrenko: SUNY, Fredonia
    • Ryan Dudley: California Maritime Academy
    • Sarah Fulton: Texas A&M University
    • V. Gregg Garbesi: United States Naval Academy
    • Dana Zartner: Tulane University; currently at University of San Francisco

  • 2006 Graduates

  • • Daniel Brunstetter: University of California, Irvine
  • 2005 Graduates

  • • Matthew Carlson: University of Vermont Ryan Claassen: Kent State University
    • Michael Koch: Texas A&M University
    • Michael Rocca: University of New Mexico
    • Patricia Sullivan: University of Georgia; currently at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

  • 2004 Graduates

  • • Cynthia Boaz: SUNY, Brockport; currently at Sonoma State University
  • 2003 Graduates

  • • Christian Erickson: Roosevelt University
    • Tiffany (Jones) Miller: University of Dallas
    • Kimberly L. Nalder: California State University, Sacramento 

  • 2002 Graduates

  • • Bethany Barratt: Roosevelt University
    • Teena Gabrielson: Southwestern University; currently at University of Wyoming
    • John J. Kennedy: University of Kansas 

  • 2001 Graduates

  • • Richard Andres: School of Advanced Airpower Studies
    • Thomas G. Hansford: University of South Carolina; currently at University of California, Merced 
    • Stephen R. Routh: California State University, Stanislaus
    • Lisa Sharlach: University of Alabama

  • 2000 Graduates

  • • Craig Collins: California State University, East Bay 
    • David Damore: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • Matthew Hoddie: Texas A&M University; currently at Towson University

  • 1990s Graduate

  • • Monica Barczak: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • Stephen Nicholson: Georgia State University; currently at University of California, Merced 
    • Stacy (Burnett) Gordon: University of Nevada, Reno
    • Roger Rose: Benedictine University
    • Nancy Shulock: California State University, Sacramento 
    • Linda Valenty: San Jose State University
    • Haeran Lim: Seoul National University
    • Catherine Nelson: Sonoma State University
    • Ross Miller: Santa Clara University; currently at University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    • Caroline A. Hartzell: Gettysburg College