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)

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

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

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)

Robert Bosco '10 (Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor and Chair of International Studies, Centre College
(Danville, KY)

Dina Badie 12' (Ph.D.)
Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Associate Professor of International Studies & Politics, Centre College
(Danville, KY)

Chris Paskewich '09 (Ph.D.)
Associate Professor of Politics, Centre College
(Danville, KY)

Sercan Canbolat '23 (Ph.D.)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, UConn Global Affairs
(Storrs, CT)

Gregory P. Williams '15 (Ph.D.)
Associate Professor of Political Science and IR, Simmons University
(Boston, MA)

Imge AkaslanĀ  '23 (Ph.D.)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
(Heidelberg, Germany)

Salil Benegal '16 (Ph.D.)
Joseph B. Board Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy
Union College (Schenectady, NY)



Student Achievements

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