Below is a brief listing of recent grads and their exciting jobs.
Read our alumni profiles for more information about what a Political Science degree can do for you.
Shanaya Vanhooren |PhD candidate in Political Science, Western University
UWaterloo thesis: Profiling Municipal Decision Agendas: A Pilot Study of Southern Ontario
Hari Har Jnawali |PhD candidate in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
UWaterloo thesis: Politics of Fear: Unitary Bias of a Federal Design in Nepal
Nima Karimi| PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Waterloo
UWaterloo thesis: Fatwas Against Terrorism and Terrorist Organizations: An Examination of a Potential CounterTerrorism Tool
Andrew Charter | PhD candidate in Political Science, Western University
UWaterloo MRP: Tardy Explorers: Academics and the 'Problem' of Canadian Arctic Sovereignty
Lina Eriksson | PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden
UWaterloo Thesis: Western European Arms Export and Asylum Immigration: A Connection? On the Determinants of Asylum Immigration to Western Europe
Lina's current research focuses on Accountability and Legitimacy in the Crisis Management of Natural Disasters. During the evaluation process of applicants to this PhD program, all previous thesis work was assessed by a Selection Committee. Lina was ranked top candidate out of several hundred other high quality applicants and her Master thesis was considered a model work of scholarship.
Alexander Hudson: PhD candidate in the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin
UWaterloo MRP: The Role of Process Legitimacy in Post-Conflict Constitution Making
David Torre | PhD candidate in Political Science, University of Calgary
UWaterloo MRP: What's the Hold Up? Nuclear Non-Proliferation Strategies for the Twenty-First Century
David’s current research has shifted from non-proliferation to questions of commercial nuclear power. In particular he is looking at developing countries interested in starting a commercial program post-Chernobyl and the unique challenges they face.
Austin White | Queen's University, Law
UWaterloo MRP: Catalyst for Crises: The Effect of Expansionary Monetary Policy on Global Food Crises
Minxing Zhao | PhD candidate in Public Policy & Public Administration, Hong Kong Institute of Education
UWaterloo MRP: Killing the Chicken to Scare the Monkeys? The Effectiveness of the United States Financial Sanctions against North Korea
Government | NGOs | Public Sector
Sarah Howard | Graduate Student Experience Specialist, University of Waterloo
First position after graduation: Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist, University of Waterloo
Vanessa Arrojado | Senior Policy Analyst, Federal-Provincial Relations Office, Government of Manitoba
Current role: Supports the Premier of Manitoba in his responsibilities as Minister of Federal-Provincial Relations, including his involvement in regular Council of the Federation meetings, the annual Western Premiers’ Conferences as well as bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister, federal Ministers, other Premiers, and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders.
First position after graduation: Policy Analyst (Internship)Finance, Government of Manitoba
- Prepared strategic advice intended for the Minister of Finance and senior officials; conducted inter/intradepartmental coordination on policy projects; liaised with external public and private sector stakeholders; delivered presentations; converted quantitative data into graphs; compiled and distributed daily media reports; and carried out general office tasks. Special projects include the: 2010 Manitoba Budget Address, Manitoba Finance HR Strategy, and Manitoba All Aboard Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Brendon Bedford | Alumni & Development Officer, Renison University College
First position after graduation: Special Assistant, Outreach in the constituency of the Hon. Brad Duguid, MPP for Scarborough Centre.
Matthew Bondy | Senior Communications Officer, Communications & Public Affairs Department, University of Waterloo.
First position after graduation: Special Assistant to a Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament.
Matt is also involved with the Canadian International Council (Waterloo Region Branch), and opinion column writing through submissions to the Guelph Mercury and occasionally the Waterloo Region Record.
Ibi Brown | Graduate Studies Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo
First position after graduation: The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
- Oversaw the Africa Initiative project's graduate research grant program offering Master's and PhD students from Africa and Canada a chance to carry out field based research in six thematic areas - climate change, conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, and migration.
Stephen Daley | Program Analyst, Strategy & Performance Section of Health, PEI
First position after graduation: Corporate Business Continuity Planner, Government of Prince Edward Island (PEI Office of Public Safety)
Other roles: Special Project Assistant, Federal Government's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI) supporting a consolidated risk assessment for Prince Edward Island and for Labrador, Newfoundland.
Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planner, Risk Management Section of Health PEI
Ashley Laurin | Wish Coordinator, Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
First position after graduation: Outreach and Leadership Coordinator, Africa's Children's Africa's Future in Toronto and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Mohammed Mirza | Director, Office of Special Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan of OmanExternal Liaison Department
First position after graduation: Political Researcher, Office of Special Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan of Oman for External Liaison.
In addition his work as a governmental officer, Mohammed has been a member of the Trustee Council Board at Waljat College of Applied Sciences
Tara Moayed | International Programs Coordinator, UNICEF Canada
Current role: responsible for ensuring that all organisational communication is in line with UNICEF’s policy and program requirements. As well, Tara is closely involved with donor stewardship, writing reports and proposals for UNICEF Canada funded projects in the field.
First position after graduation: CIDA internship in Botswana, International Planned Parenthood Federation.
- Conducting advocacy and communications work around youth-centred HIV programming in the country.
Katherine Preiss | Research Analyst, Global Public Affairs in Ottawa
First position after graduation: Ontario Legislative Internship Programme
Other roles: Legislative Assistant to the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance at Queen's Park, Toronto.
Samantha Wisnicki | CIDA internship, Pueblito Canada
Current role: working with Nicaraguan partner FADCANIC (Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua). Samantha works on the CIDA-funded project called MyBEST, which supports and improves bilingual education in indigenous communities in the municipality of Pearl Lagoon. They are training teachers in managing a bilingual classroom in all 12 of the surrounding communities, and are aiming to improve the quality and accessibility of pre-primary and early primary public education for indigenous and Afro-descendent children.
Samantha’s work mostly consists of monitoring & evaluation, research, and project support. She deals with issues relating to gender equality, violence in the classroom and at home, international best practices in early childhood education, and accessibility of education for students with learning disabilities.
Business | Private sector
Maja Kokotovic | Knowledge Base Administrator, Services Operations, Desire2Learn
First position after graduation: Technical Writer - Knowledge Base, Customer Support, Desire2Learn.
Career spotlight on Sarah Howard
Sarah completed her Master of Arts, Political Science in 2017. As a student, Sarah received the PSCI Senate Graduate Award for exceptional work as a TA, the Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award for highest overall average of her graduating cohort, and the Arts Senate Graduate Award for exceptional academic achievement in PSCI 600. Sarah also played a pivotal role in organizing the 2017 Annual Graduate Student Conference: The Trend Towards Global (Dis)Integration.
Sarah's research, supervised by Professor Emmett Macfarlane, focused on Canadian public policy. Her MRP, Preventing Deaths in Custody: The Role of the Coroner's Inquest in Policy Change, provided Sarah with the opportunity to write literature reviews, review data, and perform qualitative analysis of survey responses.
Since graduating, she has been working in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Waterloo. Sarah was able to use the skills she gained in her graduate degree to secure her first position following graduation as a Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist. She continues to use her graduate degree skills in her current role as a Graduate Student Experience Specialist.
Career spotlight on Muneeba Omar
While studying at Waterloo, Muneeba received the Queen Elizabeth II “Aiming for the Top” Scholarship for four consecutive years. She was appointed the University delegate to the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, where she represented student interests at provincial and federal lobby group conferences.
Muneeba started her career in Pakistan as a current affairs columnist and editorial staff member with a leading English newspaper. In 2006, she returned to Canada to pursue an MA in International Affairs at Carleton University. She graduated with distinction, in 2008, and was the recipient of the Domestic Tuition Scholarship, the Joubin-Selig Scholarship in International Affairs, and the International Affairs Departmental Scholarship.
In June 2008, Muneeba joined the Canadian federal government through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, an initiative aimed at recruiting exceptional candidates into the Public Service. She is also a graduate of the Accelerated Economist Training Program, a two-year leadership development program, during which she worked on a variety of social, economic, and international policy issues.
Muneeba recently moved from Ottawa, to take on a new role as an economic development officer with the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario. Prior to this, she held various government positions including, senior policy analyst with Health Canada, senior economist in the Department of Finance, and a policy advisor in the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.
Her humanitarian and volunteer initiatives have included, assisting with victims of the 2005 Pakistani earthquake, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, and the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.
Muneeba stays connected to Waterloo by participating in alumni events, and she is an informal liaison for Government of Canada post-secondary recruitment, reaching out to departments and students in the Faculty of Arts.
Degree: Muneeba obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo in 2005.