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Placement

The OSU Department of Political Science has an excellent placement record. Our graduates have been very successful in securing positions at major research universities and liberal arts colleges, while others have pursued non-academic careers in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Rather than providing a sample of notable placement success, we provide below a comprehensive list of our placements. This includes all the data we have regarding where all of our Ph.D.'s since 2004 were placed or are currently employed.

Our department has placed a steady stream of Ph.D.s in top positions over the past two decades. In fact, a recent study showed that Ohio State Ph.D.'s in tenured and tenure-track positions elsewhere outnumber current OSU faculty by more than two to one- something that is true of fewer than twenty universities nationwide. Below, we provide more comprehensive information on initial and current placements of our recent Ph.D.s.

Department of Political Science Placement, 2004 - 2023

2024 Ph.D.'s

Andrew Goodhart, IR, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

2023 Ph.D.'s

Soohyun Cho, CP, Postdoctoral Fellow, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University; future Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College
Kaitlin Engelbrecht, AP, Survey Consultant, National Democratic Institute
Mackenzie Erickson, AP, Analytic Scientist, Nationwide
Kara Hooser, IR, Assistant Instructional Professor, Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago
Minseon Ku, IR, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College
Mariana Miguelez Gomez, CP, Research Assistant, Hamilton College
Laura Moses, AP, Plurality Institute
David Peterson, IR, Postdoctoral Fellow, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Mael van Beek, IR, Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University

2022 Ph.D.'s

Vladimir Chlouba, CP, Assistant Professor, University of Richmond, former Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame
John Harden, IR, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College; formerly at Ripon College
Caleb Pomeroy, IR, Stanton Fellow, Stanford University; former Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
Grant Sharratt, PT, Data Analyst, Nationwide Insurance
Seoeun Yang, ME, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

2021 Ph.D.'s

Alec Clott, CP, Associate Director of Data Analysis, The Gender Equity Policy Institute
Jared Edgerton, IR, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Dallas; former postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University
Liwu Gan, IR, postdoctoral fellow, Syracuse University
Ricardo Graiff Garcia, Data Scientist, Nationwide Insurance
Charles Harpole, CP, Health Policy Senior Analyst, Abt Associates
Jon Kingzette, Senior Data Analyst, Campbell & Company
Kevin Simmt, Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University
Linnea Turco, Assistant Instructional Professor, University of Chicago

2020 Ph.D.'s

Miguel Garza Casado, CP, Research Associate, MDRC
Jonathan Green, AP/Methods, Assistant Professor, Duke University; former postdoctoral fellow, Northeastern University
Jianzi He, CP, Professor at Fudan University
Daniel Kent, IR, Data Scientist, Udemy; former Data Scientist, Kaiser
Andrew Podob, Principal UX Researcher, UnitedHealthcare; former Research Manager, Reason Research
Mini Saraswati, CP, Director of Research, Strategy, and Analysis, Sierra Club; former Deputy Director of Research and Innovation, Voter Participation Center (2020-2021)
Gregory Smith, IR, Assistant Professor of Political Science for the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; former Postdoc Associate, Duke University; former Postdoc Fellow, Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding
Leyla Tosun, CP, Senior Research Analytics Specialist, Government Research Center, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Iku Yoshimoto, IR, Lecturer at University of Tokyo
Brandon Zaffini, IR, Professor at Geneva College

2019 Ph.D.'s

Eli Assaf, Data Scientist, Humana; former Data Scientist, Disney
Benjamin Campbell, IR, Data Scientist, CoverMyMeds, Aware
Alexandra Castillo, CP, Research Methodologist, Pew Center
Caitlin Clary, IR, Data Scientist, Biostat Global Consulting
Jose Fortou Reyes, CP, EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia
Austin Knuppe, IR, Assistant Professor, Utah State University; former Postdoctoral fellow, Dartmouth
Reed Kurtz, IR Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science at Purdue University; former Postdoctoral Research Affiliate, Mershon Center for International Security Studies; former Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Otterbein University
Adam Lauretig, IR, Data Scientist, Barclays Investment Bank
Will Massengill, AP, Associate Data Scientist, Florida Blue
Anna Meyerrose, CP, Assistant Professor for School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University; former Postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton University Niehous Center for Globalization and Governance (2021-2022) 
Andrew Rosenberg, IR, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Avery White, IR, Program Assistant, Ohio State University

2018 Ph.D.'s

Aisha Bradshaw, IR, Associate Editor, Nature Human Behaviour
Alison Craig, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Kyle Larson, IR, Capital University
Nicky Mack, AP, Ohio Wesleyan University
John Raines, IR, Head of Political Risk
Peter Tunkis, CP, Senior Customer Advocacy Insights Specialist
Wei-Ting Yen, CP, Assistant Professor of Government Department, Franklin and Marshall College, 2019; former postdoc, Denison University

2017 Ph.D.'s

Alison Craig, AP,  Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Raphael Cunha, CP,  Assistant Professor, Florida State University 2018; former postdoc, Princeton University 2017
Nicholas Felts, Kettering Foundation
Margaret Hanson, CP, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, 2018; former postdoc, University of Michigan, 2017
Gabriella Lloyd, CP, Operations Research Analyst and Data Scientist for The Department of the Navy; Assistant Professor of International Relations, University of Maryland, 2018; former postdoc, Binghamton University
Jakob Miller, AP, Taylor University
Lauren Ratliff Santoro, AP, University of Texas at Dallas
Daniel Silverman, IR, Carnegie Mellon University; former postdoc, Carnegie Mellon University;

2016 Ph.D.'s

Paul DeBell, CP, Fort Lewis College
Marina Duque, IR, Florida State University, 2018; former postdoc Princeton University, 2017; former postdoc, Harvard University, 2016
Lauren Elliott-Dorans, AP, Ohio University
Sebastian Mainville, IR, Visiting Researcher, Center for International Peace and Security Studies, McGill University
Vittorio Merola, CP, Stony Brooks University, 2017; former postdoc, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, Toulouse School of Economics

2015 Ph.D.'s

Dustin Carnahan, AP, Michigan State University
Eun Bin Chung, IR, University of Utah
Jessica Defenderfer, AP, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Agnar Helgason, CP, Social Research Center, University of Iceland
Yalidy Matos, AP, Rutgers University, 2017; former postdoc, Brown University
Jason Morgan, Data Scientist, Aware 
Katy Powers, IR, University of Georgia, 2016; former postdoc, Dartmouth University

2014 Ph.D.'s

Sarah Bryner, AP, Director, Research Department at the Center for Responsive Politics
Nyron Crawford, AP, Temple University
Matt Hitt, AP, Louisiana State University
Jason Keiber, IR, Baldwin Wallace; Otterbein University
Cheryl Laird, AP, Saint Louis University
Thiago Marzagão, CP, Brazilian antitrust agency (CADE - Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica)
Eleonora Mattiaci, IR, Post-Doc Amherst College
John Oates, IR, Florida International University

2013 Ph.D.'s

Austin Carson, IR, University of Chicago; former postdoc, Princeton University
Djayadi Hanan, IR, University of Paramadina, Jakarta
Benjamin Jones, IR, University of Mississippi
Joshua Kertzer, IR, Assistant Professor, Harvard University, 2014; former post-doc, Dartmouth College, 2013
Shivaji Kumar, IR, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Daniel Lempert, AP, SUNY-Potsdam
Emily Lynch, AP, APSA Congressional Fellow, 2013-2014
Fernando Nuñez-Mietz, IR, McGill University
David Traven, IR, Kenyon College

2012 Ph.D.'s

Bentley Allan, IR, Johns Hopkins University
Zoltan Buzas, IR, Associate Professor of Global Affairs, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Drexel University
J. Bryan Cole, AP, University of Houston
Seth Goldstein, IR, Booz Allen Hamilton
Dane Imerman, IR, Oberlin College
Chris Kypriotis, AP, Warren Wilson College
Xiaoyu Pu, IR, University of Nevada, Reno; former postdoc, Princeton University
Jiwon Suh, CP, Sogang University, Institute for East Asian Studies
Nina Kollars, IR, US Naval War College (Associate Professor); College of St. Benedict;

2011 Ph.D.'s

Quintin Beazer, CP, Florida State University; former postdoc, Yale University
A. Burcu Bayram, IR, University of Arkansas: McMaster University, Canada; UT Arlington
Vanessa Bouche, AP, Texas Christian University
Sarah Bryner, AP, Center for Responsive Politics
Jeffrey Budziak, AP, Western Kentucky University
Soundarya Chidambaram, CP, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville (visiting)
Christopher Devine, AP, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Erin Graham, IR, Associate Professor of Global Affairs, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Drexel University; former postdoc, Princeton University
Erik Heidemann, AP, Kent State University
Marcus Holmes, IR, Fordham University
Todd Makse, AP, Susquehanna University
Steven Nawara, AP, Valdosta State University
Scott Powell, CP, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Yoonah Oh, CP, Korea Institute for Economic Policy, Seoul, South Korea
Allyson Shortle, AP, University of Oklahoma – Norman
Kathleen Winters, AP, Old Dominion University
Dana Wittmer, AP, Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)

2010 Ph.D.'s

Daniel Blake, IR, IE Business School; former post-doc, Princeton
Dino Christenson, AP, Boston University
Delton Daigle, AP, George Mason University
Eric Grynaviski, IR, George Washington University
TongFi Kim, IR, Griffith University; Purdue University (visiting)
Kyle Kopko, AP, Elizabethtown College
Justin Lance, CP, Presbyterian College
Danielle Langfield, CP, College of Wooster (visiting)
Todd Makse, AP, Radford University (visiting)
Sarah Sokhey, CP, University of Colorado-Boulder
Byungwon Woo, IR, Oakland University
Christina Xydias, CP, Union College (visiting)
Kadir Yildirim, CP, Post-Doc, Princeton

2009 Ph.D.'s

Richard Arnold, CP, Muskingum College
Lakeyta Bonnette, AP, Georgia State University
Tom Dolan, IR, University of Central Florida; Rochester
Delia Dumitrescu, CP, Post-Doc, University of Montreal
Nanaho Hanada, CP, St. Olaf College (visiting)
Erin McAdams, AP, College of Charleston
Zachary Mears, IR, Analyst, Private Sector
Banks Miller, AP, University of Texas-Dallas
Dag Mossige, CP, Davidson College (visiting)
Autumn Payton, IR, Post-Doc, European University Inst.
Tina Pierce, AP, Denison University (visiting)
Amanda Rosen, IR, Webster University
Michael Reese, IR, University of Chicago/CIR (visiting)
Yusuf Safarti, CP, Illinois State University
Anand Sokhey, AP, University of Colorado-Boulder
Konstantin Vossing, CP, Humboldt University (Berlin)

2008 Ph.D.'s

Kuskridho Ambardi, CP, Gadjah Mada University
Samuel DeCanio, AP, Yale University
Ryan Kennedy, CP, University of Houston
Katja Michalak, CP/AP, University of Bulgaria
Christopher Moore, IR, Bethel University
Bradley Nelson, IR, Analyst, Private Sector
Eric Russell, AP, Auburn University
Anna Shadley, CP, The Ohio State University (Administration)
Corwin Smidt, AP, Michigan State University
Yohanes Sulaiman, IR, Analyst, Ctr for Dem., Int. Peace and Sec. Stud. (Jakarta)
Srdjan Vcetic, IR, Univ of Ottawa; former post-doc, Cambridge
Sean Williams, AP, Analyst, Private Sector
Unislawa Wszolek, IR, Spelman College

2007 Ph.D.'s

Dinissa Duvanova, CP, SUNY Buffalo
Roman Ivanchenko, AP, Analyst, Joint Welfare Analysis Center
Natalie Kistner, CP, James Madison University
Nathan Toronto, IR, Analyst, Foreign Military Studies Office, Ft. Leavenworth
Linda Trautman, AP, Ohio University, Lancaster
Dinna Wisnu, CP, USAID, World Learning Respect Program, Deputy Director

2006 Ph.D.'s

Brandon Bartels, AP, George Washington University; Stony Brook University
Ray Block, AP, University; Wisconsin -- LaCrosse; Florida St. U
Jong Kun Choi, IR, Post-doc, Yonsei University, South Korea
Bridget Coggins, IR, Dartmouth College
Paul Fritz, IR, Hofstra University
Yoav Gortzak, IR, Arizona State University
Amu Oakes, IR, College of William and Mary
Brent Strathman, IR, Dartmouth (visiting)

2005 Ph.D.'s

William Anderson, AP, University of South Dakota
Brett Curry, AP, Georgia Southern University
Gregory Gwiasda, AP, Analyst, Private Sector
Andrew Holbrook, AP, University of New Orleans
Hiram Irizarry-Osorio, CP, Analyst, Kirwan Institute, OSU
Robert Kelly, CP, University of the Pacific
Jeffrey Martinson, IR, Meredith College
Scott Orr, CP, Texas Lutheran University
Justin Taylor, AP, Analyst, Private Sector

2004 Ph.D.'s

Eileen Braman, AP, University of Indiana
Andrew Farrell, AP, University of Oklahoma (visiting)
Yoram Haftel, IR, University of Illinois - Chicago
Blair King, AP, Analyst, National Democratic Inst for Int. Affairs
Gregory Miller, IR, University of Oklahoma; College of William & Mary
J. Quin Monson, AP, Brigham Young University
Kenneth Mulligan, AP, Southern Illinois, Carbondale
Jason Mycoff, AP, University of Delaware
Mary Outwater, AP, Director, Oklahoma University Poll
Julie Anne S. Peterson, AP, Analyst, Private Sector
Kevin Sweeney, IR, Analyst, Department of Defense
Wendy Watson, AP, Southern Methodist University; University of North Texas;
Margaret Williams, AP, Goucher College; James Madison University


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