My PS Story

Stories from Political Science alumni and how they are using their University of Illinois degree now.

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  • CRISTINA VALDEZ PINEDA (’15) graduated from Illinois with a double major in Political Science and Communication.
  • AMBER MCREYNOLDS (‘01) always had an interest in politics and government.
  • JESUS MAGANA (‘13) was not always sure of his career path. 
  • JENINE SALEH (‘15) majored in both Political Science and Global Studies, receiving highest distinction honors during graduation.
  • Quite a few graduates from the Political Science department at the University of Illinois might someday end up on the east coast, but far
  • MICHAEL ALLENSWORTH (BA ‘14) attended the University of Illinois originally majoring in MCB on the Pre-Med track but soon realized it was
  • While studying Political Science at Illinois, AMANDA BRADY ZIFFRA (BA ’08) was President of the Women's Lacrosse Team and spent time stud
  • For Professor ALAN WISEMAN (BA ’96), his professional career stems from a hot day in Champaign, Illinois in August 1993. Dr.
  • MARK GLASSGOW (‘16) is a Co-Founder and Producer at Chicago Media Angels, a business dedicated to connecting investors with talented, ind
  • Growing up in Taiwan, where politics permeates every day life, MURPHY PERNG (BA ’11) developed an interest in the subject.
  • 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
  • BRADY COLLINS (MA ‘11), an alumnus of the Masters in Civic Leadership program, never expected to pursue a career in academia.
  • RYAN SPAIN (BA ’05) graduated with a dual degree in Political Science and Speech Communication and Bronze Tablet Honors.
  • When KASEY UMLAND (BA ’05) accepted a program staff position at the University YMCA twelve years ago, she was returning to a place she ha
  • AMY RADLINSKI (BA ‘17) pursued her interest in international politics in the Department of Political Science at Illinois.
  • JANICE LIN (‘16) has always been adept when it comes to political science, developing a passion for the subject in high school.
  • NATASHA DOLMON (BA ’14) spent much of high school engaged in politics, so naturally she selected Political Science as her declared major.
  • 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 de
  • EMILY GARNETT (BA ’05; MA ’07) always knew she wanted to do something with politics or law.
  • ROBERT DOUBEK (’66) grew up in an American family with Czech roots. They were bakers and confectioners for three generations, including his.
  • NICK HARRER (’02) has always had an interest in broadcast journalism.
  • MITCH DICKEY (‘16) is the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance’s Advocacy Coordinator, where he helps manage federal and state advocacy efforts on the University of Illinois’ be
  • JAYLIN D. MCCLINTON (‘16) is a graduate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois.
  • MARY O’CONNOR (’74) had always been interested in Political Science and decided to pursue this interest at the University of Illinois.
  • MARIE JOHNSON-DAHL ('16) did not always know what she wished to study when she got to the University of Illinois.
  • JOHN BECK (BA ’71; MS ‘74) started at the University of Illinois in 1967 as a student in what is now known as the Division of General Studies.
  • JUSTIN GERBER (’15) entered the University of Illinois not as a political science major  but after a semester of not feeling connected to his classes, he started to look for other
  • LARRY HARRIS, JR. (‘15) has always had an interest in government and foreign affairs, and that led him to the Department of Political Science.
  • JULIA AZARI (‘02) started college hoping to be a journalist, and she selected political science because she hoped to do political journalism.  As she studied political science, she fell in love wit
  • AMANDA SONNEBORN (‘99) was born into a “very political” Springfield family, and she interned in the General Assembly while still in high school.
  • ROB HUCK (’71) is a retired UI fundraiser and major supporter of the University of Illinois.
  • MEREDITH WIECK ('09) works as a Feature Film Executive in the production and development department at Lionsgate, an entertainment studio based in Los Angeles, California.
  • TERRY WELCH (’76) grew up in Springfield with a Republican father and a Democratic mother who enjoyed engaging the family in political debate.
  • DAVID ADELEYE (’14) has spent the past few years working in multiple advisory roles within the Obama Administration at the White House and Department of Homeland Security.
  • WILLIAM BILLEAUD (’85) is an international business executive.
  • WENDY NETTER EPSTEIN (‘99) entered the University of Illinois intending to go the “pre-med” route.
  • JOHN COADY (’74) explains how his study of political science influenced his judicial career path and life in this way: “Politics is my life.”  In college, he was involved in activities including st
  • MICHELLE (EACK) MORA (‘11) entered college through the general curriculum program (a forerunner to the Division of General Studies) with hopes of studying business and going to law school.
  • CATHERINE TOPOLINSKI (’13) enjoyed study abroad in both India and Belgium while she was in college.
  • SARA CLINE-HOWLAND (‘10) was interested in history and politics while in high school, and a major in political science seemed like a natural fit.