Graduate Placement

The Department of Political Science at Boston College has a strong record placing our graduates and makes vigorous efforts to help our students find positions.

Our recent graduates have received numerous tenure-track professorships. Over the last ten years BC grads have taken tenure-track positions at, among others, Holy Cross, Michigan State, Middlebury, St. John’s College, and Syracuse.

In the 2023-24 job market cycle, four of our PhD students were offered and accepted tenure-track assistant professorships: Matthew Berry (theory) at the University of Dallas; Selene Campion (comparative) at the University of Utah; Nathan Davis (theory) at Loyola University; and Tyler Parker (IR) at Mercer University.

Our recent doctoral students have also been very successful in securing postdoctoral fellowships. In the last decade, our students have gone on to postdocs at Columbia, Emory, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, among other institutions.

Our graduates also manage academic centers at institutions such as Princeton and Clemson, and have pursued careers beyond academia at the RAND Corporation and the Congressional Research Service.

Below please find a list of all degree recipients from the last ten years for whom we have information. Positions listed indicate placements information current as of April 2024, and will be updated as needed; please send new information to Ryan Hanley, the department’s placement director.

Placement of Doctoral Program Graduates since 2013