Our graduates succeed

Iowa Ph.D.s secure employment in a wide variety of academic and non-academic settings. In particular, our graduates work in highly ranked research universities and teaching colleges throughout the U.S. and the world. Over the last decade, almost all graduates seeking academic positions found jobs. Also of note is that our Ph.D.'s ranked third among graduates of all doctoral programs for the number of publications per capita in five of the discipline’s leading journals.* Our graduates use their Iowa training to build distinguished research records that allow them to move to some of the nation’s top institutions. In short, we prepare our students well for academic careers and other appropriate professional positions.

*McCormick, J. and T. Rice. 2001. “Graduate Training and Research Productivity in the 1990s: A Look at Who Publishes.” PS: Political Science and Politics, v. 34: 675-680.

Recent Student Placement

Graduate Ph.D. Field of Study Placement
Hoshik Nam 2023 International Relations Jacksonville State University
Hyein Ko 2023 Comparative Politics University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Willow Kreutzer 2023 International Relations US State Department
Lindsey Allemang Goldberg 2022 International Relations University of Florida
Joseph Coll 2022 American Sewanee: The University of the South
Cody Schmidt 2022 International Relations CVS Health
Cassandra Tai 2022 Comparative Politics Pennsylvania State University
Yufan Yang 2022 International Relations Augusta University  
Byung-Deuk Woo 2022 Comparative Politics Pohang University of Science and Technology
Yooneui Kim 2021 International Relations Bentley University
Jungmin Song 2020 Comparative Politics Center for Future Policy Studies
Ki Eun Ryu 2020 Comparative Politics Jeju Peace Institute
Jielu Yao 2020 American Politics Wesleyan University
Aubree Herrin 2020 International Relations Thiel College
Courtney Juelich 2020 American Politics University of Wisconsin-Stout
Scott LaCombe 2020 American Politics Smith College
Kyu Young Lee 2017 Comparative Politics Prairie View A&M
Desmond Wallace 2019 American Politics Alfred University
JongHwan Han 2019 International Relations South Korean Navy
Ray Ou Yang 2018 Comparative Politics Southwest Jiaotong University
Yue Hu 2018 Comparative Politics Tsinghua University
Sojeong Lee 2018 International Relations University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Christine Bricker 2018 American Politics Warren Wilson College
Michael Ritter 2017 American Politics Washington State University
Kyu Young Lee 2017 International Relations St. Lawrence University
Elizabeth Maltby 2017 American Politics University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Shuai Jin 2017 Comparative Politics University of Massachusetts Boston
Kellen Gracey 2017 American Politics DeSales University
Abigail Matthews 2017 American Politics Miami University (Ohio)
Yang Zhang 2016 Comparative Politics Southwest Jiaotong University
Christopher Anderson 2016 Comparative Politics U.S. State Department
Charlotte Ridge 2016 American Politics Juniata College
Joseph Yingnan Zhou 2016 Comparative Politics University of Texas at El Paso
Dongkyu Kim 2015 International Relations University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mi-son Kim 2015 Comparative Politics University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Rebecca Kreitzer 2015 American Politics University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Emily Schilling 2015 American Politics Washington University in St. Louis (post doc), University of Tennessee
Jason Thomas 2015 Comparative Politics Syracuse University
Jonathan Ring 2014 International Relations University of Michigan (post-doc), Cleveland State University
Olga Chyzh 2013 International Relations Iowa State University
Zahid Choudhury 2013 Comparative Politics University of Dhaka in Bangladesh
Amanda Frost 2013 American Studies Non-Profit in Washington D.C.
Natasha Altema McNeely 2013 American Studies University of Texas - Pan American
Stephen Nemeth 2013 International Relations

Oklahoma State University

Mark Nieman 2013 International Relations Iowa State University
Spencer Willardson 2013 International Relations Nazarbayev University 
James Fielder 2012 International Relations U.S. Air Force Academy
Nicholas Martini 2012 American Politics University of Iowa
William Franko 2012 American Politics West Virginia University
Zachary Greene 2012 Comparative Politics University of Mannheim (post doc), Lecture/Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde, Glasglow, Scotland
Jae Mook Lee 2012 American Politics Yonsei University
Vanessa Lefler 2012 International Relations Middle Tennessee State University
Hyeon Seok Park 2012 International Relations Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Gail Buttorff 2011 Comparative Politics NYU, Abu Dhabi (post doc, Fall 2011). Comparative Politics, University of Kansas (Fall 2012)
Alex Cohen 2011 American Politics Ashford University
Benjamin Dar 2011   One Year Teaching Fellow, Augustana College-Fall 2012, Loras College
Youngwan Kim 2011 International Relations Iowa State University
Robert McGrath 2011 American Politics George Mason University
Charlotte Ridge 2011 American Politics Colby College
Daniel Bowen 2010 American Politics The College of New Jersey
Christopher Clark 2010 American Politics Univ. of North Carolina (post doc 2011), University of North Carolina (Fall 2012)
Jonathan Day 2010 American Politics Western Illinois University
Benjamin Knoll 2010 American Politics Centre College
Amanda Licht 2010 International Relations Binghamton University
Stephen Nemeth 2010 International Relations Kansas State (post doc)
Holley Hansen 2009 Comparative Politics Initial placement: Knox College. Current placement: University of Puget Sound (post doc)
James Krueger 2009 American Politics University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Howard Sanborn 2009 Comparative Politics Virginia Military Institute
Brian DiSarro 2008 American Politics California State University-Sacramento
Karleen Jones-West 2008 Comparative Politics West Virginia University
Hoon Lee 2008 International Relations Texas Tech University
Jill Wittrock 2008 Comparative Politics Initial placement: Oxford University Current placement: University of Michigan IPSR (Research/Admin)
Christina Bejarano 2007 American Politics University of Kansas
Andrew Civettini 2007 American Politics Knox College
Edmond D. Hally 2007 Political Theory Ferrum College in Virginia
Sang Shin Lee 2007 Comparative Politics Seoul National University
Clayton Thyne 2007 International Relations University of Kentucky
Scott Cody 2006 American Politics Saint Louis Comm Coll
Eric Hines 2006 Comparative Politics University of Montana
Dong-hun Kim 2006 International Relations Initial placement: Oakland University, current placement: Korea University in Seoul
Ken Moffett 2006 American Politics Southern Illinois University
Daniel Morey 2006 International Relations University of Kentucky
Tracy Slagter 2006 American Politics University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh