A primary focus of our Ph.D. program is to prepare students to become independent, rigorous scholars who pursue and publish distinctive research in a variety of areas. While some of our doctoral students pursue satisfying careers outside academia, our alumni who choose to seek academic employment have outstanding records of research and publication, teaching, and professional experience. Recent graduates have obtained tenure-track positions at institutions such as the University of South Dakota, the University of Idaho, Auburn University, and Texas Tech University.


Chase Meyer

Ph.D., 2017

Dr. Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his MA at American University before coming to SPIA to complete his Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science. He is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida, where his research focuses on voter behavior, race, and elections.