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

Chika Umeadi: Collaboration at ‘the edge of what is imaginable’

Chika Umeadi (BA, ’10, political science) is a project manager at Google where he helps drive key strategies with a variety of teams and stakeholders. In...
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Nisha Chittal: Alumna builds career at the intersection of politics and media

Nisha Chittal (BA, ’09, political science) graduated from Illinois at a time when social media was just finding its footing. She quickly realized social...
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Cristina Valdez Pineda

CRISTINA VALDEZ PINEDA (’15) graduated from Illinois with a double major in Political Science and Communication. She now works at Ernst & Young (EY) as a Senior Economic Consultant in their...
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Amber McReynolds

AMBER MCREYNOLDS (‘01) always had an interest in politics and government. With both of her grandmothers having served as election judges and her father’s career as both a lawyer and a judge, it’s no...
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Jesus Magaña

JESUS MAGANA (‘13) was not always sure of his career path.  However, while attending Illinois as a Political Science student, Magaña was the Civic Engagement Intern with the University YMCA on...
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Jenine Saleh

JENINE SALEH (‘15) majored in both Political Science and Global Studies, receiving highest distinction honors during graduation. Saleh originally decided to study Political Science and Global...
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Reshma Saujani

Quite a few graduates from the Political Science department at the University of Illinois might someday end up on the east coast, but far fewer will have had a journey similar to RESHMA SAUJANI (BA ’...
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Michael Allensworth

MICHAEL ALLENSWORTH (BA ‘14) attended the University of Illinois originally majoring in MCB on the Pre-Med track but soon realized it was not for him. Allensworth always had a passion for politics...
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Amanda Brady Ziffra

While studying Political Science at Illinois, AMANDA BRADY ZIFFRA (BA ’08) was President of the Women's Lacrosse Team and spent time studying abroad in both Greece and Curaçao. After finishing her...
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