Brady Collins

Photo of Brady

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 be accepted to this program.

Through his coursework, Dr. Collins secured an internship at the Association for International Arbitration (AIA), a think tank in Brussels that specialized in mediation and arbitration in international trade disputes. He was given a significant amount of responsibility in the organization and had the opportunity to participate in a two-week training on how to be a mediator, allowing him to strengthen the leadership skills at the core of the Civic Leadership program. After completing his internship and graduating from the Civic Leadership program, Dr. Collins was still interested in international affairs, leading to him getting a job working in Vienna for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the United Nations Headquarters.

Galvanized by the reelection of President Barack Obama in 2012, Dr. Collins wanted to return to the United States and get involved with local politics. At the same time, he began to miss academia. Working in Vienna exposed him to one of the best-planned cities in the world; he had developed an interest in urban planning and decided to apply to PhD programs in the field.  Ultimately, he was accepted to UCLA and chose to pursue further graduate education there.  Today, he is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, where his research focuses on urban problems including homelessness, transit access, and civic engagement in Los Angeles.

Reflecting on his time at the Illinois, Dr. Collins is thankful for the leadership training and cohort development required by the Civic Leadership graduate program.  He is still in close contact with his colleagues from the program, and it helped him build a critical network as he moved into his career. He also speaks fondly of Professor Dai, who taught a class that he took as an undergraduate student in global studies, and Professor Pahre, who taught a course on European politics and regionalism that was critical for his later work with international organizations in Europe.

For current students, Dr. Collins advises looking further than traditional career paths like law school and electoral politics for the myriad opportunities that align with the skills political science majors gain through their coursework. He also advises students to get involved with local politics or with organizations that are shaping the way we talk about political issues. On campus, he says that it is important to get involved in some of the many clubs and organizations on campus. By meeting other people who are passionate about what they are doing, you will start thinking about what you are passionate about and help jump-start your career after graduation.

Dr. Collins can be reached at bjcollins@cpp.edu.

Related Topics

Directory

bjgainesBrian
Gaines
xdaiXinyuan
Dai
bernhardWilliam
Bernhard
pahreRobert
Pahre
csingerClifford
Singer
a-fieldsA.
Fields
bowenMerle
Bowen
dcanacheDamarys
Canache
edkolojEdward
Kolodziej
leffcCarol
Leff
nardulliPeter
Nardulli
sadouglaStephen
Douglas
vasquejaJohn
Vasquez
g-yuGeorge
Yu
wendychoWendy
Cho
mwintersMatthew
Winters
frostSamantha
Frost
gsinGisela
Sin
cmayfielCody
Mayfield
regenwetMichel
Regenwetter
carawongCara
Wong
s-seitzSteven
Seitz
kkourtikKonstantinos
Kourtikakis
salthausScott
Althaus
tewksburDavid
Tewksbury
uhall2Michael
Uhall
colleenmColleen
Murphy
jwbowersJake
Bowers
kuklinskJames
Kuklinski
jmondakJeffery
Mondak
orlieMelissa
Orlie
rudolphThomas
Rudolph
tsulkinTracy
Sulkin
mhenehanMarie
Henehan
jjhinchJoseph
Hinchliffe
stammBrenda
Stamm
icarmenIra
Carmen
p-quirkPaul
Quirk
weinbaumMarvin
Weinbaum
rweissbeRobert
Weissberg
zinnesDina
Zinnes
muncastRobert
Muncaster
generobiGene
Robinson
pcheres2Peter
Chereson
cdgrady2Christopher
Grady
bbrenna2Bernard
Brennan
ejperez2Eristeo
Perez
rajala2Betsy
Rajala
aburibeAlicia
Uribe-McGuire
baser2Ekrem
Baser
nchen3Nuole (Lula)
Chen
iannntn2Alice
Iannantuoni
plutows2Luke
Plutowski
wzhong8Wei
Zhong
scheirr2Julian
Scheirer
cmoon1Christopher
Mooney
alivnyAvital
Livny
bm50Benjamin
Miller
aleksksAleksander
Ksiazkiewicz
jcho52Jaeseok
Cho
ychu19Yuan-Ning
Chu
diazdia2Gustavo
Diaz
dilgin2Tolgahan
Dilgin
lgarcia8Luzmarina
Garcia
jdpierc2Justin
Pierce
wisnosk2Daniel
Wisnosky
danielnDaniel
Nagashima
dcmillerDaniel
Miller
emprof-kanetRoger
Kanet
rja2Rebeca
Agosto Rosa
hyunjoo3Hyun Joo
Cho
seyoung4Seyoung
Jung
sk12Sanghoon
Kim
skl2Sarah
Leffingwell
wpettit2William
Pettit
mpryor5Matt
Pryor
hwshin2Hyo-Won
Shin
chw2Navida Chun-Han
Wang
almayerAndrea
Mayer
jholmes4Joshua
Holmes
jsr2Jack
Risbridger
steur2James
Steur
bail2Kristin
Bail
lul3Lucie
Lu
milesdw2Miles
Williams
aprorokAlyssa
Prorok
ng81Nicholas
Grossman
henkelm2Kathryn
Henkelman
dylang4Dylan
Guthrie
clivejh2Clive
Hillyard
suhuh2Seung-Uk
Huh
aleenak2Aleena
Khan
myk5Moonyoung
Kim
jiyoung7Ji Young
Lee
jairam2Jair
Moreira
stm6Stephen
Mullins
xlguo28Xiaoli
Guo
jessicatJessica
Tran
leman1Clarissa
Leman
rjcRobert
Carroll
ahn43Seongjoon
Ahn
caleb4Caleb
Griffin
mjkim12Myung Jung
Kim
seungmi2Seungmi
Kim
jinwonl3Jinwon
Lee
yrha2Yea Jin
Rha
shuyuan8Shuyuan
Shen
yiqiang2Yiqiang
Wang
jisoosy2Ji Soo
Yoo
cbaserCaglayan
Baser
dplantyDonald
Planty