Graduate Careers and Outcomes

Our department strives to attract excellent graduate students and place them in positions where they can make full use of their skills.

The training we provide in our graduate programs primarily focuses on preparing students for teaching and research in academic institutions. Many of our graduates go on to work in government, non-profits, teach in non-university settings, and work in the private sector.

In addition to our graduate degree programs, students can take courses in other departments and institutes and earn interdisciplinary graduate certificates that will enhance their career development. Examples include our Department's own Graduate Certificate in Intersectional Indigeneity, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, and UConn's Graduate Certificates in Human Rights and Feminist Studies.

Meet UConn Political Science Alumni

Job Placements

Alumni of UConn's political science graduate programs go on to work at top educational institutions and have successful careers in industry and the public sector. See some of our recent job placements below.

Alyssa Webb '21 Ph.D.
Educational Program Coordinator, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut
(Storrs, CT)

Steven Manicastri '20 Ph.D.
Staff Representative, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1036
(West Trenton, NJ)

Yunmin Nam '16 (Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor, Kongju National University
(South Korea)

Kelly Delaney '19 (Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor, Community College of Rhode Island
(Warwick, RI)

Taesim Kim '19 (Ph.D.)
Research Associate, Institute for Social Sciences at Sogang University
(Seoul, Korea)

Derefe Chevannes '19 (Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
(Memphis, TN)

Andrew Cain '19 (M.A.)
Academic Department Administrator, George Washington University
(Washington D.C.)

Wais Wardak '18 (Ph.D.)
Rule of Law Subject Matter Expert, INL-JSSP at Tetra Tech; formerly Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, University of Hartford

Frank Griggs '19 Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut Avery Point
(Groton, CT)

Briana Bardos '18 (M.A.)
(Stamford, CT)

Gabriela Tafoya '19 (Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor, Manchester University
(North Manchester, IN)

Carol Gray 22' (Ph.D.)
Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science, Law, and Global Studies at Framingham State University
(Framingham, MA)

More Job Placements

Stephen Del Visco '18 Ph.D., Instructor, Young Harris Early College (Young Harris, GA)

Bussey, Timothy '18, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

Tagliarina, Corinne '18, Director of Human Rights Advocacy Program/Adjunct Faculty, Utica College (Utica, NY)

Rice, Jerry '17, Social Studies Teacher, Jefferson Public Schools (Jefferson, GA)

Peterson, Meghan '17, Adjunct Professor, UConn Avery Point (Groton, CT)

Meinzer, Melanie '17, Director, Mellon Programs, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Princeton, NJ)

Harper-Shipman, Takiyah '17, Assistant Professor at Davidson College (Davidson, NC)

Dzurilla, Timothy '17, Development Consulting

Dardani, Ross '17, Assistant Professor, Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA)

Boecherer, Brian '17, Executive Program Director, UConn, Early College Experience (Storrs, CT)

Williamson, Steven '17, Visiting Professor, Bryant University (Smithfield, RI) & URI (Kingston, RI)

Lovelace, Vanessa '17, Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice Studies at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Dartmouth, MA)

Benegal, Salil '16, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, DePauw University (Greencastle, IN)

Charrette, Jason '16, Assistant Professor, Casper College (Casper, NY)

Yankle, Allyson '16, Assistant Professor, Radford University (Radford, VA)

Williams, Gregory '15, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO)

Navarro-Rivera, Juhem '15, Managing Partner, Socioanalitica Research

Melo, Daniela '15, Visiting Instructor of Government and International Relations, Connecticut College (New London, CT)

Carbonetti, Benjamin '15, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Human Rights, Trinity College (Hartford, CT)

Bridwell, Brenna '15, Visiting Professor of Comparative Politics at UConn, Stamford

Barry, Jack '15, Academic Director, Study of the United States Institute for Sub-Saharan and North Africa (UConn) Academic Director, Young
Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (UConn)

Bridwell, Brenna '14, Special Education Teacher (Meriden, CT)

Tagliarina, Daniel '14, Assistant Professor of Government, Utica College (Utica, NY)

Ricci, Dennis '14, Assistant Professor, Curry College (Milton, MA)

Huff, Jamie '14, Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University (Boston, MA)

Hampson, Sarah '14, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)

García, Yazmín '14, Post-doctoral researcher and survey statistician, U.S. Census’ Center for Survey Measurement

Enriquez, Maria '14, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (Boulder, CO)

Belton, Kristy '14, International Studies Association (ISA), Director of Professional Development (Storrs, CT)

Reger, Alexander '13, Legislative Analyst, Office of Legislative Research, Connecticut General Assembly

Praino, Rodrigo '13, Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia)

Paras, Pablo '13, Founding Partner, Data OPM–a private public opinion firm (Mexico)

Leep, Matthew '13, Faculty Member, Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Mello, Joseph '12, Associate Professor, DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

Easton, Nicholas '12, Assistant Professor, Columbus State University (Columbus, GA)

Badie, Dina '12, Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies (chair), Centre College (Danville, KY)

Arbatli, Ekim '12, Assistant Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia)

Maier, Romulus '11, Adjunct Professor, UConn (Storrs, CT)

Al-Marshad, Sultan '11, Associate Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies, Norther Border University (Saudi Arabia)

Uzondu, Chaka A.K. '10, Policy Manager, WaterAid Ghana (London, UK)

Stockemer, Daniel '10, Professor, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA)

Sielman, Peter F. '10, Retired-Town of Salem, CT (Salem, CT)

Mora, Jose E. '10, Assistant Professor, Royal University of Law and Economics (Phnom Penh Cambodia)

Glover, Robert W. '10, Associate Professor of Political Science and Honors, University of Maine (Orono, ME)

Bosco, Robert M. '10, Associate Professor of International Studies, Centre College (Danville, KY)

Career Resources

Center for Career Development

UConn's Center for Career Development offers an array of services to help graduate students build skills, communicate their value, and conduct their job searches.

View a full list of resources for graduate students.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers events and series to help graduate students become better teachers at UConn and beyond. View their web page for Teaching Assistants and learn more about their teaching seminars and workshops.

Graduate Certificate Programs

UConn offers graduate certificate programs in topics ranging from digital humanities and quantitative research methods to nonprofit management and power grid modernization.

View a full list of programs on the Graduate School's Website.

External Professional Resources