Graduate Alum Profiles
Sammy Badran (PhD, 2018) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University of Sharjah (UAE). Sammy's current research interests surround contentious politics and social movements within the MENA region.
"I received an outstanding education at the University of Kansas. I was exposed to many teaching methodologies and given the opportunity to independently teach a variety of courses at KU. I am indebted to my advisors who assisted me with research grant applications, dissertations revisions, and job market preparation. With their help I was fortunate to receive a Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research along with various Foreign Language Area Study (FLAS) fellowships for language acquisition through the Kansas African Studies Center. The support I received from advisers and professors helped me make a smooth transition from graduate school to the job market."
Alexandra Middlewood (PhD, 2019) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wichita State University. Alexandra's current research interests are public opinion, political behavior, gender, gun ownership, and political attitudes.
"My time as a PhD student and graduate teaching assistant at KU prepared me well for the academic job market. My advisor, Mark Joslyn, was dedicated to helping me be prepared to succeed in a difficult job market. I was encouraged to get both teaching and research experience which ultimately landed me a tenure-track job in a teaching-oriented department at a research university – the best of both worlds! Even after changing subfields during my first year in the PhD program, by the time I graduated from KU I had co-authored a forthcoming publication in Social Science Quarterly, I had experience teaching courses at several institutions, and I had a tenure-track job offer at WSU. Dr. Joslyn’s guidance was invaluable to me as a first-generation college student, and I really couldn’t have asked for a better advisor. Getting time and attention from the faculty is what sets KU apart from other PhD programs."
Brian Turnbull (PhD, 2018) is a Visiting Instructor in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida. Brian's current research interest is gender quotas in the Global South. Brian is particularly interested in determining whether gender quotas lead to real gains on the group in desriptive and substantive representation for women, particularly outside of the quota institution itself.
"KU political science provided me with a solid grounding in both teaching and scholarship. I credit my graduate training with providing me with valuable teaching experience and assessment, which really gave me a head start in leading my own courses as an instructor. I started teaching with syllabi that were ready to go and classroom activities that I knew worked. Furthermore, the guidance and feedback provided by my mentor and dissertation committee helped me build a solid research agenda that enabled me to submit several projects and a book manuscript for peer review shortly after graduation. These publications have given me a strong foundation to take into job interviews and request funding. Go Hawks!"