My PS Story

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

  • 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.
  • ROB HUCK (’71) is a retired UI fundraiser and major supporter of the University of Illinois.
  • 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
  • MARY O’CONNOR (’74) had always been interested in Political Science and decided to pursue this interest at the University of Illinois.
  • JAYLIN D. MCCLINTON (‘16) is a graduate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • AMANDA SONNEBORN (‘99) was born into a “very political” Springfield family, and she interned in the General Assembly while still in high school.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WILLIAM BILLEAUD (’85) is an international business executive.
  • 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.