A Horizontal Rule

The Department of Political Science and International Relations sponsors a speaker series called Conversations with Alums that features recent alums. The series is aimed at current undergraduate students considering their own career trajectory.


Michael Jordan, International Relations, 1997
Regional Security Officer
US Department of State
Washington, DC

Sydney Schneir, Political Science, 2008
Strategic Programs Analyst
US Department of Energy
Washington, DC


Joanna Kaatz Champney, Political Science, 2006
Executive Director
Delaware Center for Justice
Wilmington, DE


Eva Koehler, International Relations, 2005
One Acre Fund
Rumonge, Burundi

A Horizontal Rule

Since 2009 the Department of Political Science and International Relations has invited an alumnus to be the speaker for spring Convocation.

2014   Brenda Mayrack, Political Science, 2000
    Attorney, Mayrack Law, LLC, Wilmington, DE

2013   Stephen Schmidt, Political Science, 2013
    Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, Edelman, Sacramento

2012   Sandra Simkins, Political Science, 1987
    Clinical Professor and Chair for Clinical Programs, Rutgers School of Law, Camden

2011   Nathaniel Heller, International Relations, 1999
    Co-founder and Executive Director, Global Integrity, Washington, DC

2010   David Plouffe, Political Science, 2010
    Former senior advisor, President Barack Obama, Washington, DC

2009   Charles Lewis, Political Science, 1975
    Founder, Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC