Job Placement

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Placement Director:
Kira Sanbonmatsu (

Graduate students in the department receive assistance in seeking jobs in academia and beyond from their faculty advisors as well as from a faculty member who serves as placement director. The placement director meets one on one with students entering the job market to help them prepare their application materials, maintains an informational website of advice about applying and interviewing, and arranges practice job talk interviews for students. The department also provides assistance in forwarding credentials and recommendation letters to hiring institutions. The department has successfully placed students in faculty positions and post-doc fellowships at research universities and liberal arts colleges, as well as in jobs in government, research firms, and non-profits. In the past six years, our placements include:  tenure-track positions at Bridgewater State College, Fordham University, Hamilton College, Iowa State University, Kettering University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Penn State University, the University of Houston, the University of Southern Indiana, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Whittier College, and the Universidad de O’Higgins in Chile; postdoctoral fellowship positions with the American Political Science Association (APSA Congressional Fellowship), Tulane University, the University of Denver; administrative positions at Northeastern University, The New School, Rowen University, Tulane University, and the University of Virginia; and visiting or multiyear positions at American University, Bucknell University, Kuwait University, New Mexico State University, and Ramapo College of New Jersey.