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My PS Story

  • MORGAN McCLAIN-McKINNEY (BA ’09; MA ‘11) was a political science major throughout her years at Illinois, but her interests shifted from pre-law to international affairs.  While in college, she took classes in French, Arabic, and Chinese as well as International Relations and European Union Studies. She was also a participant in the Civic Leadership Program, earning a graduate concentration...
  • BRADY COLLINS (MA ‘11), an alumnus of the Masters in Civic Leadership program, never expected to pursue a career in academia. As an undergraduate student in Global Studies and Economics, he was always interested in international affairs. After spending a semester studying abroad, Dr. Collins was excited by the prospect of a graduate program that included a long-term internship and was thrilled to...
  • When KASEY UMLAND (BA ’05) accepted a program staff position at the University YMCA twelve years ago, she was returning to a place she had called home for the duration of her undergraduate degree. Umland started as many of young political science students do, wanting to run the World Bank or change the world on a macro scale. She started taking political science courses and became involved with...
  • AMY RADLINSKI (BA ‘17) pursued her interest in international politics in the Department of Political Science at Illinois. She majored in Political Science with minors in French and Global Studies and a certificate in global security. Radlinski’s favorite experience while at Illinois was completing an undergraduate thesis through the Political Science Honors Program. Completing her thesis was...
  • JANICE LIN (‘16) has always been adept when it comes to political science, developing a passion for the subject in high school. She came to the University of Illinois as a Political Science major with eyes on law school after graduation, and ended up double majoring in both Political Science and Psychology. After college, Ms. Lin first wanted a job to save money for law school and used the...
  • NATASHA DOLMON (BA ’14) spent much of high school engaged in politics, so naturally she selected Political Science as her declared major. However, she initially found the job market to be overwhelming and competitive. By networking through the University of Illinois and developing a quantitative skillset, she has found success in her career. Dolmon discovered that her Illinois network has been...
  • For EVAN KELLER (BA ’16), studying Political Science at Illinois was “never in question.” It all started with his 8th grade current events class, where a dedicated teacher encouraged passionate debate and discussion about the 2008 presidential election. His love for politics and government grew from there, and by the time he arrived on campus, Keller was ready to get involved. During his time on...
  • EMILY GARNETT (BA ’05; MA ’07) always knew she wanted to do something with politics or law. During her time at the University of Illinois she developed a close relationship with some of her professors who later became part of her favorite memories of the Department of Political Science. She felt that the professors she had were very approachable and encouraged her to engage in opportunities that...
  • ROBERT DOUBEK (’66) grew up in an American family with Czech roots. They were bakers and confectioners for three generations, including his. In 1962, he enrolled at the University of Illinois, studying Political Science, German, and Russian. Soon after graduating from the University, Robert was commissioned in the Air Force. He served as an intelligence officer in Vietnam, focusing on the Ho Chi...
  • NICK HARRER (’02) has always had an interest in broadcast journalism. Even at a young age, you could find him sitting at home each night watching the latest local newscast of the 1992 presidential campaign. Much of Mr. Harrer’s journey to broadcast journalism was guided through relationships with alumni and staff. While participating in the Marching Illini in college, the women’s basketball...