PhD job placement

Doctoral alumni: first and current jobs

The Ford School's PhD alumni go on to impressive careers in academia and public sector organizations including think tanks, federal government agencies, and foundations. Review our list of first and current jobs for Ford School doctoral alumni.

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Public Policy and Economics

Name Position at graduation Current Position
Abarcar, Paolo '16 Researcher, Mathematica Policy Researcher Research Economist, Mathematica Policy Research
Beam, Emily ‘13 Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, National University of Singapore Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Vermont
Broussard, Nzinga ‘08 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, Ohio State University;  Assistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College Senior Director, Global Innovation Fund
Crow, Mark '19 Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Fitzpatrick, Anne '15 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts  Boston Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts  Boston
Garlick, Robert ‘13 Postdoctoral Fellow at the World Bank Development Research Group; Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Duke University Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Duke University
Godlonton, Susan ‘13 Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute; Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Williams College Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Williams College
Goldberg, Jessica ‘11 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland
Goldstein, Daniel ‘07 Lecturer, Department of Economics, Penn State University Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Economics, Penn State University
Hernández, Mónica '16 Postdoctoral Fellow, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, Tulane University Research Associate, Vanderbilt University 
Hyman, Joshua ‘13 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Assistant Professor of Economics, Amherst College
Johnson, Erik ‘11 Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Georgia Tech Assistant Professor of Economics, Carthage College
Lim, Katie '16 Financial Economist, Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Treasury Office Financial Economist, Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Treasury Office
Mahajan, Parag '20 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Delaware Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Delaware
Matsudaira, Jordan ‘05 Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley. Associate Professor of Economics and Education, Columbia University
McLaren, Zoe ‘10 Research Affiliate, IZA Institute for the Study of Labor Associate Professor, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Montgomery, Nicholas ‘13 Visiting Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College Lecturer, University of Maryland - College Park
Murphy, Daniel ‘13 Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Nunn, Ryan ‘12 Office of Microeconomic Analysis, U.S. Treasury Department Policy Director, The Hamilton Project
Pounder, Laurie ‘07 Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Principal Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Ratner, David ‘12 Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Senior Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Resch, Alexandra ‘08 Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
Streich, Francie '14 Research Scientist, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Research Scientist, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Theoharides, Caroline '14 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Amherst College Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Amherst College
Thompson, Hope '17 Operations Research Analyst, FEMA Economist - Office of Policy and Program Analysis, FEMA
Toohey, Desmond '15 Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of Delaware Assistant Professor, Economics Department, University of Delaware
Tulayasathien, Soraphol ‘03 Director, Economic Stability Analysis Division, Thailand Treasury Department Senior Executive Vice President/Head of Corporate Strategy Division, The Stock Exchange of Thailand
Walsh, F.G. Elias ‘11 Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research

Public Policy and Political Science

Name Position at graduation Current Position
Barnes, Carolyn '14 Researcher and Lecturer, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Benstead, Lindsay ‘08 Post-doctoral Fellow & Lecturer, Princeton University Director, Middle East Studies Center and Associate Professor of Political Science, Portland State
Bray, Janna '13 UX Researcher, Airbnb User Experience Research Manager, Airbnb
Brown (Reid), Ashley ‘12 Senior Associate, McKinsey & Company Professional Development Manager, McKinsey & Company
Demessie, Menna ‘10 Fellow, APSA, Congressional Fellowship Vice President, Policy Analysis & Research, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Adjunct Professor, University of California  Washington Center
Ellis, Cali '15 Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for International Studies, University of Southern California (2016-17); Assistant Professor, Masters of Public Administration Program, Evergreen State College (2017 onwards) Member of the Faculty, Master of Public Administration Program, Evergreen State College 
Gause, LaGina '16 Postdoctoral Fellow, Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University (2016-17); Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego (2017-18) Postdoctoral Fellow, Ash Center for Democracy, Harvard University (2016-17); Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego (2017-18)
Gong, Abe ‘13 Data Scientist, Jawbone CEO and Co-Founder, Superconductive Health
Helfstein, Scott ‘08 Assistant Professor, U.S. Military Academy, WestPoint Head of Thematic Portfolio Management, Co-Head of Market Research and Strategy, Morgan Stanley
Hemphill, Portia '15 Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) Founder & CEO of Scientists for Social Progress, LLC, Scientests for Social Progress
Howard, Tiffiany ‘06 Assistant Professor, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and School of Public Policy, George Mason University Director of the Center for Migration, Demography and Population Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Kabo, Valenta ‘13 Program Director, Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Public Policy
Katz, Daniel ‘11 Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Kavanagh, Jennifer ‘11 Associate Political Scientist, RAND Director of Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, RAND Corporation
Kostyuk, Nadiya '20 Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech
Lee, Jieun '20 Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Buffalo
Loftis, Kenyatha ‘10 Research Associate in the Political Science Department at Rice University; Research Specialist in the Office of Research and Accountability at the Houston Independent School District Principal Consultant, Solutions by L.SMURPHE.F
McGee Larue, Heather ‘11 World Learning Democracy Fellow, USAID/DCHA/DRG Learning Team; Research Associate, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Associate Director, DevLab@Duke
Okwuje, Ifeoma ‘05 Budget Analyst, House Budget Committee, DC Consul, United States Consulate General in Shanghai, U.S. Department of State
Phinney, Robin ‘10 Lecturer, Taubman Center for Public Policy & American Institutions, Brown University President, Rise Research, Rise Research LLC.
Phoenix, Davin '15 Assistant Professor, School of Social Science, University of California, Irvine Assistant Professor, School of Social Science, University of California, Irvine
Potter, Rachel '14 Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia
Ravanilla, Nico '15 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow, Contemporary Asia-Pacific Studies, Stanford University  Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, School of Global Policy & Strategy, University of California, San Diego
Reynolds, Molly '15 Governance Studies Fellow, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow - Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
Stephens, LaFleur ‘12 Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Teodoro, Manny ‘07 Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Colgate University Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University
Tkacheva, Olesya ‘09 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester Acting Dean, Vesalius College, VUB 
Ullah, Haroon ‘11 Belfer Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, U.S. State Department

 

Public Policy and Sociology

 

Name Position at graduation Current Position
Cheng, Siwei '15 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles Assistant Professor, University of California - Los Angeles
Cross, Christina '19 Postdoctoral Researcher and Incoming Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard University Postdoctoral Researcher and Incoming Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Dinzey-Flores, Zaire ‘05 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow on Race, Crime, and Justice, Vera Institute of Justice. Associate Professorr, Sociology and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University
Fang, Michael '19 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University
Forbes, Melissa ‘10 President Management Fellow (PMF), Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Risk Management and Analysis, DC Deputy Assistant Administrator for Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Gillooly, Jessica '20 Research Scholar, Policing Project, NYU School of Law Research Scholar, Policing Project, NYU School of Law
Greenman, Emily ‘07 Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Penn State University Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Penn State University
Grieger, Lloyd ‘10 Postdoctoral Associate and lecturer, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course, Yale Assistant Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Harris, Angel ‘05 Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Assistant Professor of Sociology University of Texas at Austin; Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies, Princeton University Professor, Sociology and African & African American Studies, Duke University
Hevenstone, Debra ‘08 Research Economist, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London Lecturer, Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH
Johnson, Maria ‘10 Director, Center for Diversity and Public Policy, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan Founder and Chairperson, Black Women and Girls Fund
Killewald (Achen), Sasha ‘11 Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
King, Katherine ‘11 NIA Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University; Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Duke University Lead Data Scientist, United Parcel Service
Lewis-McCoy, R. L'Heureux ‘08 Assistant Professor, Sociology and Black Studies, The City College of New York Associate Professor of Sociology of Education, New York University 
Liu, Airan '17 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Peking University Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Peking University
Morrell, Erica '16 Postdoctoral Fellow, Middlebury College Assistant Professor, St. Lawrence University
Paul, Anju ‘12 Assistant Professor of Social Science (Sociology), Yale-NUS College Associate Professor, Yale-NUS College
Pavelle, Bridget ‘12 Senior Research Manager at Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Senior Research Manager at Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Peachey, Everett ‘17 Research Coordinator, Quality of Life Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Support Unit, Aga Khan Development Network Research Coordinator, Quality of Life Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Support Unit, Aga Khan Development Network
Perez, Anthony ‘06 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology and Department of Sociology, University of Washington Co-Investigator, National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, Carolina Population Center
Pineda, Daniela ‘10 Research Analyst, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vice President, Integration and Learning, Vice President, Integration and Learning
Roberts, Christopher ‘10 Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School Associate Professor, Law School; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Rochmes, Jane '14 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Education Policy Analysis, Stanford University Assistant Professor of Sociology, Christopher Newport University
Ross, Karen ‘10 Associate Research Scientist, U.S. Department of Education Associate Research Scientist, U.S. Department of Education
Seefeldt, Kristin ‘10 Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington Assistant Professor of Social Work, Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Sternthal, Michelle ‘08 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Public Health/Social Epidemiology, Harvard Director of Advocacy and Policy, Roosevelt Institute
Turner, Kennedy '19 Director-Aspects of Leadership and LEDA Graduate School Initiative, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Director-Aspects of Leadership and LEDA Graduate School Initiative, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America
Wyse, Jessica ‘11 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Population Studies Center, ISR, University of Michigan Research Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Science University
Yarger (Eckerman), Jennifer ‘11 Sociologist, Bixby Center for Reproductive Health and the Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco Assistant Researcher, University of California - San Francisco
Zelner, Jonathan ‘11 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health

 

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