2021-2022 Political Science Graduate Placement Report


In 2021-2022, low survey response rates continued, likely an effect of the pandemic/ recession. Nonetheless, we found a small decline in placements in tenure-track positions, a rise in candidates opting for non- academic positions, and a new, considerable decrease in non-tenure track placements, either an artifact of incomplete data or an indication that institutions are managing the economic recession by eliminating contingent positions. Those from top National Research Council (NRC)-ranked institutions continued taking post-doc placements or full- time non-tenure track positions for their first placements. Having a PhD and beginning with full funding continues to be a strong determinant of higher placement rates. Most students on the job market were male, as well as non-Under-Represented Minorities (URMs), while women only constituted around one-third of candidates on the market. Compared to previous years, more men and non-URMs continue to take post-docs and full-time positions as their first placements.



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