Florida State University

Political Science

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Alumni & Friends

Giving Back

Contributions from alumni and friends of the Department of Political Science Department benefit our students by enabling them to:

  • Gain high-caliber research skills and practical experience working in an academic research environment through the department’s Research Intensive Bachelor’s Certificate (RIBC) program for top-ranked junior and senior political science majors.
  • Acquire and improve professional development skills through attendance at professional workshops and conferences. (Contributions help cover travel costs and registration fees.)
  • Gain access to political science education for students from historically under-represented populations or disadvantaged backgrounds in partnership with the university’s CARE program.
  • Participate in student organizations that foster organizational and leadership skills.
  • Study abroad via the Doug St. Angelo International Travel Award for political science majors concentrating on international relations. (The award recognizes the late emeritus professor and his lifelong passion and commitment to international relations and studying abroad.)
  • Gain perspective from and interact with a wide array of political, government, academic, and business leaders during departmental visits and talks. (Entertainment costs involved in such visits are not covered by State of Florida funds and are dependent upon private support.)
  • Pursue graduate and professional training at the MA/MS and Ph.D. levels thanks to departmental recruiting awards and graduate fellowships funded through private support.

Giving Opportunities

Unrestricted/Current Support

  • Department of Political Science General Development Fund (#4805): the department’s primary and preferred gift designation; these contributions provide maximum flexibility for the department to meet the above needs and priorities, none of which are covered by State of Florida funds. Gifts to this fund also help support the annual Charles Billings Scholarship Award to recognize students who demonstrate outstanding public service and the annual George Pruet, Jr. Award, which recognizes the best graduate student seminar paper.

Endowment Support

  • Thomas R. Dye Scholarship Endowment Fund (#7192): merit award given to 4th year student with highest GPA within the major.
  • Paul Piccard Distinguished Professorship Endowment Fund (#4383): honors the late beloved faculty member who inspired many students to pursue political science as their career.

How to Give Back

Giving back to the Department of Political Science is now easier than ever:

  • Donate online via credit card using the secure site set up by the FSU Foundation at this link. In the designation drop-down box, be sure to select “Political Science Department #4805”.
  • If you prefer to write a check and mail it in, simply print out the gift/pledge form provided on the website, complete and sign it, then mail it along with your check (made payable to the FSU Foundation, Inc.) to the address listed on the form.
  • If you wish to make recurring gifts from your bank account or other types of electronic transfers, please contact Alexia Chamberlynn in the FSU Foundation gift processing office at 850-644-9193 or by email at achamberlynn@foundation.fsu.edu. She will be glad to assist you with them.

For More Information

If you have questions about the above items or wish to share ideas for departmental fundraising activities, please contact the Department of Political Science Chair Brad Gomez at 850-644-5727 or by email at bgomez@fsu.edu.

Ph.D Alumni

With alumni in professional positions on University faculty and in various government and research agencies in over twenty states and several foreign countries, the Department is well represented in the discipline. Most students in the doctoral program expect to pursue a career as part of a university faculty. The Department provides information on available positions, assists in the development of a placement file, and sends that file to institutions that are recruiting faculty. Our students have a strong record of obtaining positions; some at major research universities, some at smaller colleges and universities that emphasize undergraduate teaching, others in the private sector or government. Many of our graduates are listed below with the year of their degree and their current place of employment.

YearAreaInitial PlacementCurrent Placement
Matthew Hauenstein2018IRUniversity of Notre Dame (Post-Doc)
Dr. David Abitbol2016IRRand Cooperation
Dr. William Flanders2016AmericanWisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty
Dr. Jack Mewhirter2016PolicyUniversity of Cincinatti
Dr. Patrick Scott2016IRCharles River Associates
Dr. Brian Crisher2015IRUniversity of West Florida
Dr. Casey Delehanty2015IRGardner-Webb University
Dr. Scott Liebertz2015ComparativeUniversity of South Alabama
Dr. Marcus Scott Meachum2015IRFlorida State University (Visiting)
Dr. Ammar Shamaileh2015ComparativeUniversity of Louisville (Visiting)
Dr. Ryan Welch2015IRArizona State University (Post-Doc)
Dr. Chungshik Moon2014IRAustralian National University
Dr. Jaclyn A. Bunch2014AmericanUniversity of South Alabama
Dr. Jilliene E. Haglund2014IRWashington University, St. Louis (Post-Doc)University of Kentucky
Dr. Kerri J. Milita2014PolicyIllinois State University
Dr. Jacob T. Ausderan2013IRTulane UniversityArkansas State University
Dr. James R. Martin, Jr.2013ComparativeCreighton University
Dr. Jonathan D. Rogers2013PolicyNYU – Abu Dhabi
Dr. Marius V. Radean2013ComparativeUniversity of Essex (UK)
Dr. R. Carlisle Rainey2013ComparativeUniversity of Buffalo – SUNYTexas A&M University
Dr. Scott A. Clifford2013AmericanDuke University (Post-Doc)University of Houston
Dr. Travis A. Braidwood2013AmericanTexas A&M – Corpus Christi
Dr. Edward O. Hearn, Jr.2013IRMississippi State University (Visiting)
Dr. Christine S. Mele2013IRUniversity of Arkansas
Dr. Andreas Beger2012IRDuke University (Post-Doc)
Dr. Daniel J. Milton2012IRBrigham Young UniversityUS Military Academy – West Point
Dr. Daniel W. Hill, Jr.2012IRUniversity of Georgia
Dr. John N. Lee2012IREnterprise Holdings
Dr. Karen D. Cyphers2012PolicyFlorida Medical AssociationSach Media Group
Dr. Meredith A. Whiteman2012PolicyCharter Schools USA
Dr. Sunhee Park2012IRCentral European UniversityAarhus University
Dr. James P. Nelson2011AmericanUniversity of Texas – Pan AmericanLamar University
Dr. Justin M. Conrad2011IRUNC – Charlotte
Dr. Patrick C. Armshaw2011IRFSU London Study Center
Dr. Richard H. Hawley2011ComparativeUniversity of North Florida
Dr. Benjamin L. Gaskins2011AmericanGardner-Webb UniversityLewis and Clark College
Dr. Courtenay N. Conrad2010IRUniversity of California – Merced
Dr. Daniel S. Scheller2010PolicyWestern Kentucky UniversityUniversity of Texas – El Paso
Dr. Elizabeth A. Nyman2010IRGeorgia Southern UniversityTexas A&M – Galveston
Dr. Greg Goelzhauser2010AmericanCoastal Carolina UniversityUtah State University
Dr. Hong-Cheol Kim2010IRRepublic of Korea Airforce
Dr. Sally Anderson2010IRUniversity of South FloridaHall Strategies
Dr. Jeffrey R. Weber2010IRTrinity College (Ireland)Keimyung University (South Korea)
Dr. Melissa Neal2009AmericanTexas A&M – Corpus Christi
Dr. Robert L. Parrillo2009IRUniversity of Auburn – MontgomeryBall State University
Dr. Soo H. Jung2009PolicyYonsei University (South Korea)
Dr. Woojin Kang2009ComparativeAngelo State University
Dr. Joseph K. Young2008IR/ComparativeSouthern Illinois University – CarbondaleAmerican University
Dr. Justin E. Esarey2008Policy/MethodsEmory UniversityRice University
Dr. Faruk Ekmekci2008IRIllinois Wesleyan UniveristyIpek University (Turkey)
Dr. Christina Fattore2007IRWest Virginia University
Dr. Cynthia R. Rugeley2007American/PolicyTexas Tech UniversityUniversity of Minnesota – Duluth
Dr. Glynn T. Ellis, Jr.2007IRGeorgia Southern University
Dr. Joel F. Turner, Jr.2007AmericanWestern Kentucky University
Dr. Nicholas Charron2007IRGothenburg University (Sweden)Copenhagen Business School
Dr. William Davis2007IR/ComparativeWalsh University
Dr. Alfredo R. Berardo2006PolicyUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Dr. Christopher J. Lewis2006AmericanHaas Center, University of West FloridaEnterprise Florida
Dr. Emilia J. Powell2006IR/ComparativeGeorgia Southern UniversityUniversity of Notre Dame
Dr. Joohyun Kang2006PolicySookmyung Women’s University (South Korea)
Dr. Marc A. Pape2006IRDickinson College
Dr. Shunta Matsumoto2006AmericanMeijo University (Japan)
Dr. Michael E. Allison2006IRUniversity of Scranton