Alumni Awards

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

Elizabeth Summy ('86), named 2023 CLAS Alumni Fellow.

Ashley Vanorny (’14), received the Iowa League of Cities Rhonda Wood Smith Award.

Joe Gaylord ('67), honored as a 2022 UI Distinguished Alumni.

Howard Kerr ('60) awarded the 2019 UI Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

John P. Eggum, ('05 BA, '08 JD) awarded 2019 President's Commendation by the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC).

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.


Brendan Fitzgibbons ('06) , full-time comic and podcaster, headlined and recorded a comedy album in 2023 at the Ice House in Pasadena, CA. 

Grant Gregory ('16) developed and taught a Special Topic in Politics (POLI:3701) course in 2024 titled "Research Applications in Political Campaigns and the Music Industry."

David Conn ('75) developed and taught (POLI:3701) courses in 2022 and 2023, titled "View from the Inside: 40 Years of Litigating, Lobbying, and Public Policy" and "Special Topics in Politics: Grassroots, Grasstops, Lawyers, and Money: Influencing Public Policy in the Age of Technology."

Maria Makar ('14) developed and taught (POLI:3701) course in 2023, titled "Civil Rights and the Constitution."

Michael Michener ('84) developed and taught (POLI:3701) courses in 2023 and 2024, titled "Populism, Pluralism, and the Urban-Rural Divide" and "Interagency Crisis Response."

Christopher McCullough, developed and taught (POLI:3701) course in 2022, titled "Introduction to Legal Writing."

Andrea Jansa ('07) was the instructor for the Political Science Alumni Mentoring Program in 2022 and 2023.

Joe Gaylord ('67) developed and taught a (POLI:3701) course in 2023, titled "Building and Managing Winning Political Campaigns."