One of the key goals of the PhD program is to facilitate our students’ success in obtaining a job upon the completion of their degree. While many of our students pursue tenure-track jobs at universities, we also have a strong record of placing graduates in the public and private sectors as data analysts.

Recent graduates have obtained tenure-track positions at universities such as University of Missouri-St. Louis, North Dakota State University, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Idaho, Auburn University, and Texas Tech University. Graduates have also taken prestigious post-doctoral fellowships through Duke University and through the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellows Program. Students have also found success in the private sector, working as data analysts for companies such as Luckie Advertising and Facebook.

Based on a survey of recent graduates, 85% of graduates were employed full-time after graduating, 7% were in post-doctoral positions, and 7% were self-employed.

Recent placements of our program graduates include:

Neil Williams (PhD 2022)
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Douglas Atkinson (PhD 2018)
Assistant Professor, University of Salzburg

George Williford (PhD 2021)
Data Scientist, Meta

Linan Jia (PhD 2022)
Assistant Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Adam Rutkowski (PhD 2022)
Assistant Professor, Troy University

Aaron Hitefield (PhD 2022)
Assistant Professor, Whitworth University

Jakub Wondreys (PhD 2021)
Assistant Professor, Newton University, Prague

Naji Bsisu (PhD 2020)
Assistant Professor, Maryville College

Annie Watson (PhD 2020)
Assistant Professor, Middle Georgia State University

Ethan Boldt (PhD 2019)
Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University

Jason Byers (PhD 2019)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Davidson College

Laine Shay (PhD 2018)
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

Stephen Bagwell (PhD 2019)
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Austin Doctor (PhD 2019)
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Filip Viskupic (PhD 2019)
Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University

Sarah Hunter (PhD 2019)
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder

Gordon Ballingrud (PhD 2018)
Instructor, Texas Christian University

Carolin Maney Purser (PhD 2017)
Social Research & Evaluation Center, LSU

Ryan Williamson (PhD 2017)
Assistant Professor, Auburn University
American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow

Chase Meyer (PhD 2017)
Lecturer, University of South Carolina

Anthony Kreis (PhD 2016)
Assistant Professor, Georgia State University College of Law

Hongyu Zhang (PhD 2016)
Assistant Professor, UNC-Wilmington

David Hughes (PhD 2016)
Assistant Professor, Auburn University at Montgomery

Florian Justwan (PhD 2015)
Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

Sarah Fisher (PhD 2015)
Assistant Professor, Emory and Henry College

Chris Hare (PhD 2015)
Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis

Joel Sievert (PhD 2015)
Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University

Kayce Mobley (PhD 2015)
Assistant Professor, Pittsburgh State (Kansas)

Rachel Bitecofer, (PhD 2015)
Assistant Director, Wason Center for Public Policy
Lecturer in Government, Christopher Newport University

Phillip Marcin (PhD 2015)
Lecturer, University of Akron