Alumni Awards

We honor and recognize our our outstanding alumni for their accomplishments and professional contributions.

Howard Kerr awarded the 2019 UI Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Howard Kerr, BA 1960
Howard Kerr was recognized by the UI Advancement Center at the annual DAA Awards, held on October 18, 2019.

Eggum Awarded 2019 President's Commendation by the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC)

John P. Eggum, Political Science BA 2005 and JD 2008
Iowa Alumnus, John P. Eggum, was recognized for the advocacy work completed by the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) Legislative Committee over the past year on behalf of the Association and the defense bar. He was one of three committee leaders to receive the award, which was presented by IDC President Brad Nahrstadt.

Alumni Updates

We enjoy keeping in contact with our alumni and sharing your latest achievements.
Please send us your updates to polisci@uiowa@edu.

Updates listed with most recent at the top.


We enjoy keeping in contact with our alumni and sharing your latest achievements.
Please send us your updates to polisci@uiowa@edu.

Updates listed with most recent at the top.

Chien-Pin Li (PhD ’84) named as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University.

Kyu Young Lee (PhD ’17) will start a tenure track position at Prairie View A&M, fall of 2020.

Chijioke Akamigbo (’07) selected as Maryland Legal Aid’s (MLA) new deputy chief counsel, June 2020.

Matthew McDermott (’00) appointed to Iowa Supreme Court, April 2020.

Quentin Marquez (’15)

Since graduating, Quentin has started a career as a digital consultant for US political campaigns, public officials, and public affairs organizations. He has worked with two U.S. Senators, dozens of members of Congress, and statewide and local elected officials in over 25 states. Quentin currently resides in Georgia.

Eduardo Magalhães III (PhD ’91)

Eduardo Magalhães III is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Simpson College, Indianola, IA. In July of 2019, he began a four-year term as the Chief Reader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Comparative Government and Politics exam.

Ann Brickley (’97)

Ann Brickley is a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice. She investigates and prosecutes corruption, money laundering, and fraud. Brickley also serves as the Departmentʼs Cultural Property Coordinator, investigating the theft of native and foreign native artifacts. Whenever possible, the artifacts are salvaged and returned to their legal owner.

K.C. Atha (’06)

Krystal Celeste (K.C.) Atha is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategist and facilitator. She founded Sembramos, an organization that helps socially conscious leaders develop holistic solutions that lead to transformational change. K.C. has also worked on Capitol Hill, served in the U.S. Peace Corps, and worked as a human rights reporter in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Andrew Hirst (’16)

Andrew Hirst serves in Peace Corps Zambia for the LIFE (Linking Income Food and Environment) within Luapula Province. The community has been working on livestock, permaculture gardening, bee keeping, and tree planting programs. Besides keeping busy with farmers and cooperatives, Andrew enjoys biking the Zambian countryside and sharing his music interests with neighbors.

Marcus Miller (’18)

Marcus is a first-year student at Harvard Law School pursuing a JD. He is involved with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, where he is currently representing a client in prison who is facing a disciplinary hearing. His interests include criminal justice reform, holistic defense, and increasing access to legal services for those who cannot afford representation.

Lilián Sánchez (’18)

After graduation, Lilián served as a Ladis Kristof Fellow for Amnesty International and as a Legislative and Operations intern in Sen. Kamala Harrisʼ office in Washington, D.C. She recently returned to Iowa to serve as the Executive Assistant for State Auditor Rob Sand and as the Iowa Deputy Political Director for Kamala Harrisʼ Presidential campaign.

Andrey Sazonov (‘16)

Andrey currently works at Facebook where he specializes on payments investigations and sanctions. Prior to joining Facebook, he was an associate at Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps, and worked at several D.C.-based think tanks including the Wilson Center and the Atlantic Council.