Pushing the Boundaries of Your PhD: Exploring Careers Outside the Ivory Tower

01 February 2022, Version 1
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This chapter highlights the diversity of career options open to Political Science PhDs, in particular those outside of tenure track jobs at major research universities and small liberal arts colleges. The chapter describes the advantages, disadvantages, and how to prepare for teaching opportunities at the U.S. military service academies and professional military education institutions; pre-collegiate education positions; policy-focused jobs at think tanks, nonprofits, and in government; and private sector jobs. NOTE: This manuscript is part of Strategies for Navigating Graduate School and Beyond, a forthcoming volume for those interested in pursuing graduate education in political science (Fall 2022 publication).


Strategies for Grad School
Pre-collegiate education
Military service academies
Professional military education
Think tanks
Alt-ac careers
Nonprofit jobs
Private sector jobs
Job market


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