What department are you a graduate student in?
I am a sixth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?
I wanted to go to graduate school to increase my professional options and career prospects. It has given me the necessary skills to prepare me both for a career in academia or in the private sector.
Did your interests change throughout your program?
My research interests are in the field of comparative politics. More specifically, I study business-state relations, corruption, and the rule of law with a geographic focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union. My research interests have not changed since starting graduate school.
What do you want to do with your advanced degree?
I would like to get a job either in academia, or as a research analyst for the government or in the private sector.
Katelyn Hess is a sixth-year Political Science Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science. You can learn more about Katelyn here.
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