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Department: Political Science

Political Science

Our Students

Through my experiences in Notre Dame’s political science department, namely my extensive work with the Model Organization of American States, I quickly shed my shy exterior to reveal the confident speaker that I am today. From frequent in-class debate, I learned to thoroughly analyze all angles of an issue, to state my position assertively,and to respectfully consider others’ opinions. As I look to law school, I am confident that Notre Dame’s political science department has equipped me with the skills necessary to succeed.”

Anna Barvir ’05, Student, Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, Calif.


Graduate/Professional schools

  • Patricia Burns (2007), Notre Dame of Maryland, MA teaching
  • Jennifer Shea (1996), MA Yale, PhD Cambridge
  • Katie Osvold (2006), American University, Master of Science in Organization Development
  • Rachel Marie Kleinberg, American University, School for International Service, Masters in International Communication.
  • Anna Barvir, Whittier College Law School, Costa Mesa, California
  • Lisa Elder, University of Maryland Law School 
  • Catrina Aquilino (2008),University of Baltimore Law School
  • Laura Kopp (2006), History/Library Science Program, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Faith Noelle Wassink (2008), M.A. Historical Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Katrina Hancy (2003), Emory University, School of Public Health MPH
  • Megan Haskins, American University Law School


A sampling of employment of our graduates:

  • Katrina Hancy (2003) earned an MPH from Emory University and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras working on HIV/AIDS education. She is currently working with a national organization, Farmer Worker Justice, in Washington, D.C., where she is the HIV/AIDS specialist.
  • Jennine Carmichael (1999) worked for Catholic Relief Services at their Baltimore headquarters and in Macedonia, earned an M.A. in Gender and Development from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and is currently working with the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C.
  • Angela Ruocco (2002) completed a J.D. from University of Maryland and an M.A. in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She currently works as Assistant City Solicitor, City of Baltimore, Department of Housing and Community Development while completing a Ph.D. in History at the University of Maryland,  College Park.
  • Diane Freeman (2004) works for Population Services International as a malaria technical advisor in Cambodia.
  • Linda Noll (2007) is director of the Stepping Stone Museum in Maryland
  • Katie Osvold (2006) is an Associate at Hasset Willis and Co. Associates, a Small Organization Development Consulting Firm in Washington, D.C., while also working on an NTL, Master of Science in Organization Development at American University.
  • Susan Marie Livingston (2007) works at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
  • Kimberly Ballou, at the Department of Energy, worked with the International Energy Agency in Paris for six months, and has recently returned to Washington, D.C.
  • Jessica Robinson (2004) is the chair of the social studies department at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
  • Rebecca Roberson Clarke taught in the Howard County public school system and is now teaching at the International School in Singapore. 
  • Rachel Smilow (2007) works at the Phillips Collection.
  • Emma Cessa (2006) is teaching English in South Korea. 
  • Donna Hoover (1984) is Chief of Website Operations, U.S. Army.