My PS Story https://pol.illinois.edu/ en Reshma Saujani https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/reshma-saujani <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Reshma Saujani</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:32</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Reshma.jpeg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Reshma.jpeg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Reshma.jpeg?itok=lqg51OOZ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Reshma.jpeg?itok=lqg51OOZ" alt="Photo of Reshma" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>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 ’97).</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Saujani majored in both political science and communications and went on to receive her MPP from Harvard and her law degree from Yale. Saujani’s passion for public service led her to run for the House of Representatives in 2010. During this race, she founded Girls Who Code, a non-profit that aims to close the gender gap in coding and technology education and careers. She noticed the absence of women and girls from robotics and computer science classrooms, and decided to work to rearrange the structure of society to be more welcoming to women and people of color.   </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Saujani manages a budget of $28 million, thousands of employees, and 10,000 chapters worldwide to create an immersive and hands-on experience for girls to learn coding skills. Girls Who Code has summer programs with big names in technology (Microsoft, Facebook, Bank of America), ad campaigns, and films to change the culture around women in STEM. The organization also lobbies and advocates in the state and federal government to build more inclusive classrooms. This dual approach of changing both culture and politics is what has made Girls Who Code so successful, and how Saujani best intends to serve underrepresented populations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Saujani credits part of her passion for gender equality and political action to her time at Illinois, where she says she learned how institutions were built and how to change them. She believes that the best problem-solving skills lie at the intersection of humanistic studies and technology and recommends that students in political science double major in a technical skill. By the end of their time at Illinois, Saujani hopes that students develop what she calls “imperfectionism”, learning how to be “brave and not perfect.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:32:25 +0000 leman1 201 at https://pol.illinois.edu Michael Allensworth https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/michael-allensworth <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Michael Allensworth</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:31</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Michael.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Michael.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Michael.jpg?itok=uu9FotO7 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Photo%20of%20Michael.jpg?itok=uu9FotO7" alt="Photo of Michael" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>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. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Allensworth always had a passion for politics, and after taking a few introduction classes in Political Science, it solidified his decision to change his major to Political Science. While at Illinois, Allensworth built an impressive resume, interning with the Vice Chancellor's Office for Student Affairs as well as becoming a Turner Fellow, Senior 100 Honorary Recipient, Homecoming Court Attendant, and a member of the Student Fee Advisory Committee. Allensworth continued his education at Michigan State University where he obtained a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration. Allensworth then stayed at Michigan State where he now works as the Assistant Director for Residence Education and Housing Services. In his current position he supervises the residence education programs and staff for the residence halls on the MSU campus. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Allensworth believes that attending Illinois “changed my life for the best”. He believes that the Political Science program provided him with valuable experiences that he has used every day in his post-grad life. Allensworth learned more than just the topics explicitly covered in his political science courses, stating he got a lot out of “the skills you learn from the degree, not just the degree itself”. He went on to say that a political science degree is versatile and allows people to think critically – both quantitatively and qualitatively, how to work in and with diverse populations, and how to articulate your thoughts in clear and concise ways.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>As for advice for current students, Allensworth suggests you make the most of your time at the Illinois and in the department by getting out of your comfort zone and trying something you may not do in any other place, like studying abroad. Allensworth is a big advocate of using the Illinois network, stating “the world is huge and there is a place in it for everyone”. Though his initial career path did not align with where he ended up, Allensworth is confident he found something that he loved by being open to the new experiences that came his way.           </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Mr. Allensworth can be reached at </span></span></span><a href="mailto:allensworth10@gmail.com" target="_blank"><span>allensworth10@gmail.com</span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>.</span></span> </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:31:39 +0000 leman1 200 at https://pol.illinois.edu Amanda Brady Ziffra https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/amanda-brady-ziffra <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Amanda Brady Ziffra</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:28</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/AZiffra.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/AZiffra.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/AZiffra.jpg?itok=uJFGO30S 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/AZiffra.jpg?itok=uJFGO30S" alt="Photo of Amanda" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>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 Cura<span><span>ç</span></span>ao. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>After finishing her undergraduate degree, Amanda went straight to law school to pursue a joint-degree JD/MBA program with Chicago-Kent College of Law and Stuart School of Business. Upon graduation, Amanda began work at a firm that handled securities litigation but gradually moved more toward the business side of law. Naturally, she was able to utilize her legal and business education to advise growing companies on their contracts and during various steps of the contract negotiation process. Currently, Amanda is in-house legal counsel for New Relic, Inc.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>Amanda encourages students to study Political Science at Illinois because it provides a strong foundation in logic, reasoning, and analytics – skills that she uses every day. Amanda also advises current students to make the most of their experience at Illinois, recognizing their professors as invaluable resources to help them grow. She hopes students will truly “step outside their comfort zone” by engaging in class and building relationships that will later benefit them beyond their years at Illinois.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>Ms. Ziffra can be reached at </span></span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="mailto:amanda.c.brady@gmail.com"><span><span><span>amanda.c.brady@gmail.com</span></span></span></a></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:28:26 +0000 leman1 199 at https://pol.illinois.edu Alan Wiseman https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/alan-wiseman <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Alan Wiseman</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:27</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Wiseman.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Wiseman.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Wiseman.jpg?itok=IpXjFn4Z 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Wiseman.jpg?itok=IpXjFn4Z" alt="Photo of Alan" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>For Professor ALAN WISEMAN (BA ’96), his professional career stems from a hot day in Champaign, Illinois in August 1993. Dr. Wiseman was planning to complete an internship program in Washington, DC, graduate early with a degree in history and political science, and go to law school. To make this happen, he needed to enroll in an upper-level political science class and find a faculty advisor. He spent that hot August day waiting in the Armory to register manually for whatever advanced-level class he could. Fortunately, the student in line directly before him dropped a class called “Legislatures and Legislation” with Professor Brian Sala (who was an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at that time), and he was able to enroll. On the first day of class, Dr. Wiseman approached the professor and asked if he would be his faculty sponsor for the internship.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Through the coursework and his internship with the State of Illinois Office in Washington, DC, Dr. Wiseman found that he was very interested in politics and public policy, and he began to seriously consider a graduate program in political science. He opted to stay in his undergraduate degree the full four years and added a third major in Economics. While applying for graduate school, Professor Brian Gaines advised him to apply for Stanford University’s relatively new Ph.D. program in political economics in the Graduate School of Business. Dr. Wiseman ultimately accepted his offer of admission into the program. During and after his Ph.D. program, he took time to serve as a visiting economic scholar at the United States Federal Trade Commission. He eventually accepted a faculty position at Ohio State and he is now a Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>For current students, Dr. Wiseman advises taking the hardest classes they can as an undergraduate; he believes those courses will challenge them to grow the most as a student. He also shares that students’ four years as undergraduates will give them the a ton of intellectual freedom, and students should take advantage of the bountiful opportunities to take whatever classes they want and to pursue things they are interested in. Studying political science teaches students to read well, critically engage with and articulate arguments both in writing and speech, in addition to allowing students to become better-educated citizens of the world. He shares that it is critical to take this time in their lives to ask big questions about the world and then ask how these questions apply to your life.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>When reflecting on his time at Illinois, Dr. Wiseman is extremely grateful for all the faculty he had classes with. He says that the departmental culture encouraged open door policies between faculty and students, allowing him to build critical relationships with professors who helped facilitate his professional success. Now, as a professor himself, he tries to pay this forward with his own students and be mindful of how much his relationships with instructors made a difference for him as an undergraduate. Dr. Wiseman notes that the support from the Political Science department has helped to empower everything that he has done, and says that he is “proud of the program and proud of Illinois.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Dr. Wiseman can be reached at </span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="mailto:alan.wiseman@vanderbilt.edu"><span><span><span>alan.wiseman@vanderbilt.edu</span></span></span></a></span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:27:03 +0000 leman1 198 at https://pol.illinois.edu Murphy Perng https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/murphy-perng <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Murphy Perng</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:27</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Murphy.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/Murphy.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Murphy.jpg?itok=JtBs4bii 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/Murphy.jpg?itok=JtBs4bii" alt="Photo of Murphy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Growing up in Taiwan, where politics permeates every day life, MURPHY PERNG (BA ’11) developed an interest in the subject. Her family openly shared their views on international affairs with her, and their passion for politics rubbed off on her. She decided to pursue a Political Science degree with a double major in Communication. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>After graduation, Perng worked in the corporate field, gaining experience in marketing. In her last job, Perng was Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at a health care company. However, Perng was eager to start her own business; she wanted the flexibility to manage her own schedule in order to visit her family overseas and travel. Having a passion for wine, Perng started studying for the Wine Spirits & Education Trust exams, eventually earning her WSET 3 Advanced certification. She quit her corporate job of five years and was on her way to starting her very own wine business.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Perng is now the founder of <a href="https://matterofwine.com/">Matter of Wine</a>, a wine education business devoted to teaching the Los Angeles community the fundamentals of wine in a fun, hands-on manner. During MOW events, attendees develop their palates by tasting and analyzing wines with sight, smell and taste in mind. From culture-building events, to incentive programs, to birthday and holiday parties, Perng has catered to many different types of events. MOW has collaborated with prominent brands such as Equinox, Buzzfeed, and WeWork, to name a few. She cherishes every opportunity to meet new people and share with them her passion for wine.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Perng credits Professors Michael Krassa and Scott Althaus with her positive undergraduate experience and appreciates the time they made for her at such a large university. Whether it be from picking apart Professor Krassa’s brain on interesting current events or seeing the world from a different point of view during a lecture in Professor Althaus’s class, Perng absorbed as much knowledge as she could from her professors. She was highly active in the Taiwanese American Students Club, in which she was the Social Chair, then VP internal. She was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Even while working in the wine industry, Perng finds value in her Political Science degree. This major has helped Perng learn how to advocate for herself, a crucial skill in starting her own business. Her advice to current Political Science undergraduates is to think through practically what you want to do in the future and take the appropriate steps during college to get there. This can be seen with Perng’s double major in Communication, as she knew she had an interest in marketing and wanted to ensure she was employable in multiple industries. In addition, Perng says that, “while you’re in college, you have so much knowledge around you. You want to do everything you can to absorb all the knowledge your professors and fellow students have.” She recommends building relationships with professors and meeting with people you can learn from. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For students wanting to start their own business, Perng found her past 7 years of experience in the corporate world extremely useful. Because she joined her previous company in its developmental phase, she had the chance to see how a business was built from the ground up, and gained an understand of how all aspects of the business worked together. Her biggest piece of advice is to spend time building genuine relationships with people. “When you first start your business, your friends and your family are your biggest supporters,” she says. Perng shared the news about Matter of Wine with her friends before she launched her wine workshops. Some worked in the corporate space and went so far as to recommend her to their own companies for team-buildings, holiday parties, and other events, and word about her business spread from there. Perng is looking forward to working with exciting new brands in 2020, and in the future, hopes to expand her business to all of California.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ms. Perng can be reached at </span></span></span><a href="mailto:murphy.perng@gmail.com"><span><span><span>murphy@matterofwine.com</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:27:02 +0000 leman1 193 at https://pol.illinois.edu Morgan McClain-McKinney https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/morgan-mcclain-mckinney <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Morgan McClain-McKinney</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/18" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">jwrogge2</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:27</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg?itok=_jikINpy 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/McClain-McKinney%2C%20Morgan.jpg?itok=_jikINpy" alt="Morgan McClain-McKinney" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>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 classes in French, Arabic, and Chinese as well as International Relations and European Union Studies. She was also a participant in the Civic Leadership Program, earning a graduate concentration in Civic Leadership. She encourages students interested in international affairs to visit the different regional/area studies centers on campus, e.g., the European Union Center, the Center for African Studies and others, to explore the opportunities they offer.</p> <p>McClain-McKinney recommends that students who are seeking jobs in Washington, D.C., go there, intern, and search in person. Attending networking events and receptions is important for finding out whether a job with a particular company or agency will be a “good fit” and help “feel out” the chances of being hired. Initially, she worked in the Department of State, but colleagues there urged her to get experience working on Capitol Hill, which she recommends for any aspiring policy professional.  There she learned about how policy is made in action, including engagement with with constituents and lobbyists. Later, she transitioned to work with USAID, where she is now a member of the Foreign Service. Her work has taken her extensively across Africa including Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa.</p> <p>Ms. McClain-McKinney can be reached at <a href="mailto:mmcclainmckinney@usaid.gov">mmcclainmckinney@usaid.gov</a></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:27:01 +0000 jwrogge2 52 at https://pol.illinois.edu Brady Collins https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/brady-collins <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Brady Collins</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:24</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/BCollins.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/BCollins.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/BCollins.jpg?itok=wAeDe0Hf 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/BCollins.jpg?itok=wAeDe0Hf" alt="Photo of Brady" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>BRADY COLLINS (MA ‘11), an alumnus of the Masters in Civic Leadership program, never expected to pursue a career in academia. As an undergraduate student in Global Studies and Economics, he was always interested in international affairs. After spending a semester studying abroad, Dr. Collins was excited by the prospect of a graduate program that included a long-term internship and was thrilled to be accepted to this program. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Through his coursework, Dr. Collins secured an internship at the Association for International Arbitration (AIA), a think tank in Brussels that specialized in mediation and arbitration in international trade disputes. He was given a significant amount of responsibility in the organization and had the opportunity to participate in a two-week training on how to be a mediator, allowing him to strengthen the leadership skills at the core of the Civic Leadership program. After completing his internship and graduating from the Civic Leadership program, Dr. Collins was still interested in international affairs, leading to him getting a job working in Vienna for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the United Nations Headquarters. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Galvanized by the reelection of President Barack Obama in 2012, Dr. Collins wanted to return to the United States and get involved with local politics. At the same time, he began to miss academia. Working in Vienna exposed him to one of the best-planned cities in the world; he had developed an interest in urban planning and decided to apply to PhD programs in the field.  Ultimately, he was accepted to UCLA and chose to pursue further graduate education there.  Today, he is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, where his research focuses on urban problems including homelessness, transit access, and civic engagement in Los Angeles.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Reflecting on his time at the Illinois, Dr. Collins is thankful for the leadership training and cohort development required by the Civic Leadership graduate program.  He is still in close contact with his colleagues from the program, and it helped him build a critical network as he moved into his career. He also speaks fondly of Professor Dai, who taught a class that he took as an undergraduate student in global studies, and Professor Pahre, who taught a course on European politics and regionalism that was critical for his later work with international organizations in Europe.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>For current students, Dr. Collins advises looking further than traditional career paths like law school and electoral politics for the myriad opportunities that align with the skills political science majors gain through their coursework. He also advises students to get involved with local politics or with organizations that are shaping the way we talk about political issues. On campus, he says that it is important to get involved in some of the many clubs and organizations on campus. By meeting other people who are passionate about what they are doing, you will start thinking about what <em>you </em>are passionate about and help jump-start your career after graduation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Dr. Collins can be reached at </span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><a href="mailto:bjcollins@cpp.edu"><span><span><span>bjcollins@cpp.edu</span></span></span></a></span></span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>.</span></span></span></p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:24:50 +0000 leman1 197 at https://pol.illinois.edu Ryan Spain https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/ryan-spain <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Ryan Spain</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:22</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/RSpain.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/RSpain.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/RSpain.jpg?itok=ywLM-2Dp 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/RSpain.jpg?itok=ywLM-2Dp" alt="Photo of Ryan" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>RYAN SPAIN (BA ’05) graduated with a dual degree in Political Science and Speech Communication and Bronze Tablet Honors.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>After graduating, Spain worked for a local non-profit economic development organization. A few years later, there was an opportunity to run for City Council in Peoria, Illinois. While he had no expectations for winning or losing with fourteen other candidates were running, he won and became the youngest at-large member in Peoria history, a seat he held until Fall of 2016.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>In 2015, the opportunity came up to run for a seat representing Peoria in the Illinois House of Representatives.  Councilman Spain ran for the office and became Representative Spain following his election in 2016.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As well as serving in the Illinois House, currently as Republican Conference Chairman, Spain is employed at OSF Healthcare System as the Vice President of Economic Development.  Spain and his wife Ashley have a six-year old daughter, Vivienne, and a two year old daughter, Eleanor.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since serving in the Illinois House, Spain sponsored landmark legislation allowing volunteer work at Illinois State Parks and Trails as well as working closely on issues related to mental health, hospital and healthcare transformation.  On a more local level, Spain has always enjoyed spearheading initiatives to bring jobs and economic growth to our region.  He was proud to serve as the driving force in Peoria’s Warehouse District, which has become a mixed-use district that is bringing both businesses and residents back to the core of the City.  He led the charge in Springfield during the Spring of 2019 to pass a Capital Infrastructure Bill to begin the work of rebuilding Illinois’ roads and bridges.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Growing up, Spain was particularly interested in elections and even watched City Council meetings with his dad. He also wanted to learn how to help the government function more efficiently. When he came to Illinois, Spain was initially on a pre-law track but realized that a law degree was not necessary if he wanted to go into public administration or any government position. He then focused on completing congressional internships where he learned how to get involved in policy making. He was deeply interested in all facets of political science, and took almost all the classes available. His favorite class was with Professor Scott Althaus because he learned about politics in the media and micro-targeting within campaigns.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>The best advice Spain has for undergraduate students is to create networks and build relationships within the department because you will meet unique people with differing views, just as he had. Spain’s experiences at the University of Illinois allowed him to have a greater world view because of the diverse perspectives. He believes the leadership skills and experiences you gain in Political Science will allow you to work well with others in any future career, and has ultimately allowed Spain to find his passions within politics.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Representative Spain can be reached at</span></span></span> <a href="mailto:repryanspain@gmail.com">repryanspain@gmail.com</a>.  </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:22:37 +0000 leman1 196 at https://pol.illinois.edu Kasey Umland https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/kasey-umland <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Kasey Umland</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:21</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/KUmland.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/KUmland.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/KUmland.jpg?itok=m4Gn2mry 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/KUmland.jpg?itok=m4Gn2mry" alt="Photo of Kasey" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>When KASEY UMLAND (BA ’05) accepted a program staff position at the University YMCA twelve years ago, she was returning to a place she had called home for the duration of her undergraduate degree. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Umland started as many of young political science students do, wanting to run the World Bank or change the world on a macro scale. She started taking political science courses and became involved with various program centers on campus, such as the YMCA and the Leadership Center. Her time as a student activist with the Amnesty International chapter at the University YMCA, in addition to her other various roles, helped her find value in helping other people. Her strength and passions were “less [about] being a person who writes policy briefs about the IMF, and more about helping other people find what they were excited about and facilitating their ability to do that.” She says her experience in the Political Science program at the University of Illinois helped her truly hone in on her interests.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Umland has a couple of pieces of advice for political science students, namely – only enter a graduate program if that is what you want to do, not because you don’t know what to do with your life. After leaving graduate school because the program did not fit her goals, Umland landed the job at the University YMCA that was a perfect combination of her strengths and skills. As Associate Director, she is now able to assist activist student groups with their goals and run a scholarship program that focuses on helping civically engaged students deepen their passion and ability to make change in their communities. One final piece of wisdom from Umland – life takes you on a path; though it might not be the path you thought it was going to be, it still gets you to where you need to be. And for Kasey Umland, that was home. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Kasey Umland can be reached at </span></span></span><a href="mailto:kasey@universityymca.org"><span><span><span>kasey@universityymca.org</span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:21:19 +0000 leman1 195 at https://pol.illinois.edu Amy Radlinski https://pol.illinois.edu/spotlight/alumni/amy-radlinski <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Amy Radlinski</span> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" lang="" about="https://pol.illinois.edu/user/62" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username" xml:lang="">leman1</a></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:16</span> <div class="atl atl--layout-onecol layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-responsive-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/AmyR.jpg 1x" media="all and (max-width: 45em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/spotlight/AmyR.jpg 1x" media="all and (min-width: 45.0625em) and (max-width: 60em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <source srcset="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/AmyR.jpg?itok=kyMI5Q72 1x" media="all and (min-width: 60.0625em)" type="image/jpeg"></source> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="https://pol.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_article/public/images/spotlight/AmyR.jpg?itok=kyMI5Q72" alt="Photo of Amy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </figure></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>AMY RADLINSKI (BA ‘17) pursued her interest in international politics in the Department of Political Science at Illinois. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>She majored in Political Science with minors in French and Global Studies and a certificate in global security. Radlinski’s favorite experience while at Illinois was completing an undergraduate thesis through the Political Science Honors Program. Completing her thesis was some of the hardest work she’s ever done, but she really enjoyed the process and getting to know the cohort of students involved in the program.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>Radlinski would advise current students to develop research skills because it helps them understand the different problems that exist in the world, while also giving them the tools to find answers to those problems. As a research assistant in the Political Science program, she developed research skills that she has continued to apply in her current endeavors.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>Radlinski suggests that current political science students who may be unsure of what they would like to do after college should pursue internship opportunities that will provide them a glimpse into the various political science careers. As a student, she interned with institutions such as the Office of the Illinois Comptroller, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the European Union Delegation to the United States.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>After working for Lions Clubs International as a Global Membership Team Specialist, Amy attended the London School of Economics and Political Science where she earned a master’s degree in politics and communication. She is now interning at a lobbying firm in Washington D.C.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:16:14 +0000 leman1 194 at https://pol.illinois.edu