Where can your degree take you?

Graduates of our programs have gone on to varied careers in the diplomatic core, academia, public service, policy analysis and opinion analysis fields, media and communications, law, research and consulting. They are employed in the public service at the federal, provincial, and municipal level; non-governmental and international organizations; think tanks, consultancies, and other private sector firms.

There are many career paths you can explore with a BA, an MA or a PhD in Political Science!

Find out what our Alumni have to say.

BA Alumni
MA Alumni
PhD Alumni

BA Alumni

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Freshta Mohseni, BA (2020)
Junior Policy Analyst, Federal Government

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Justine Scobie, BA (2020)
Junior Policy Analyst, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

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Rumya Nithiananthan, BA (2017)
Policy Analyst, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch, Public Service and Procurement Canada

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Ivana Yelich, BA (2015)
Executive Director of Media Relations, Office of the Premier of Ontario

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Chad Richards, BA (2015)
Director, New Nuclear & Net Zero Partnerships, Nuclear Innovation Institute


Tejeshwar Sharma, BA (2014)
Senior Advisor, Access to Information and Privacy, Privy Council Office

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Alina Shams, BA (2013)
Manager, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at IAMGOLD Corporation

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Alexandra Callinan, BA (2012)
Associate, Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP

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Maria Jose Avendaño Chaves, BA (2012)
Ethics Training Officer

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Andrew Retfalvi, BA (2012)
Vice President, Health & Life Sciences, Ontario at Global Public Affairs

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Agathon Fric, BA (2011)
Criminal defence lawyer

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Nilufar Ramji, BA (2009)
Strategic Communication and Public Affairs Specialist, NASA


Jocelyne Guest, BA (2007)
Public Servant, Government of Canada


Justin Ferguson, BA (2007)
Vice President, Indigena Capital Partner, Aruna Resort and Villas, Belize

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Jessica Parish, BA (2006)
Marie Curie Visiting Fellow, De Montfort University, Leicester, England

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Timothy Ho, BA (2006)
Police Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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Ryan Gauthier, BA (2006)
Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law


Tyler Cox, BA (2005)
Manager, Legislative Services at the City of Ottawa

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Elad Ratson, BA (2005)
Career Diplomat at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Founder & CEO of Vayehee

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Christopher Reed, BA (2005)
Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Office of Senator Stephen Greene, Nova Scotia


Eric Burton, BA (2005)
President and CEO of Factor 5 Group

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Dirk Druet, BA (2005)
Non-resident Fellow at the International Peace Institute; Adjunct Professor at McGill University’s Max Bell School for Public Policy

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Andrea Mugny, BA (2004)
Procedural Clerk, House of Commons & Senate of Canada

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Sem Ponnambalam, BA (2002)
Co-founder and President of xahive


Timothy B. Gravelle, BA (2000)
Senior Manager, Research Science at Momentive

MA Alumni

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Jillian LeLoup, MA (2021)
Senior Program Officer, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

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Sara Ali, MA Political Science with a specialization in African Studies (2021)
Consultant and PhD Student

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Maximilian Kallenbach, Dual MA in Political Science (Carleton University and the University of Lucerne, Switzerland), 2021
Advisor at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

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Sukhi Dhaliwal, Dual Masters Degree in Political Science at Carleton University and University of Lucerne, 2021
Policy, Research, and Data Management Analyst


Khalid Shoukri, BA & MA (2020)
Policy Analyst, RCMP

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Dillon Andary, MA (2019)
Policy Analyst at Global Affairs Canada

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Tariqa Tandon, MA (2019)
Team Lead, Knowledge & Communications, Pro Sport Development


Jasmin Pettie, MA (2019)
Communications Coordinator


Lashaunda Yates, MA (2019)
Advisor, Global Affairs Canada

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Heather Toycen, MA (2019)
Policy Analyst, Fiscal Unit of the Education Branch within Indigneous Services Canada

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Angelo Bakoulas, MA (2019)
Communications & Government Relations Specialist at Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada

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Ioanna Maria Kantartzi, MA (2019)
PhD Candidate /Instructor/Research Assistant

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Lukas Jerusalimiec, MA (2018)
Research Officer

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Leila Bamba, MA (2017)
Policy Analyst, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

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Courtney Lockhart, MA (2015)
Program Manager, Policy & Government Relations

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John-Harmen Valk, MA (2009)
Assistant Professor, Leiden University (the Netherlands)

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Stephen Dunbar, MA (2008)
Chief Electoral Officer of the Northwest Territories

David Coletto
David Coletto, MA (2005)
CEO, Abacus Data

PhD Alumni

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Noah Schwartz, PhD (2021)
Assistant Professor (Limited Term Appointment), Department of Political Science, Concordia University

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Wesley Petite, PhD (2021)
Policy Advisor for the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities

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Maggie FitzGerald, (2020)
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan

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Jeff Collins, PhD (2018)
Manager of Policy, Evaluation and Legislative Development, Department of Agriculture and Land, Government of Prince Edward Island

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Ajay Parasram, PhD (2017)
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

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Uğur Yıldız, PhD (2017)
Assistant Professor, International Relations, Aksaray University, Aksaray, Turkey

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Chantal Wei-Ying Clément, PhD (2017)
Deputy Director, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

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Jack MacLennan, PhD (2016)
Assistant Professor of Political Science; Graduate Program Director for National Security Studies; and also currently serving as the Park University Faculty Senate President (AY 21-22, Second Term).

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David Perry, PhD (2016)
Vice President and Senior Analyst, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute

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Andrea Wagner, PhD (2016)
Assistant Professor, MacEwan University; Consultant for Bertelsmann Foundation

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Julia Calvert, PhD (2016)
Lecturer in international political economy, University of Edinburgh

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David M Matijasevich, PhD (2015)
Political Science Instructor, Capilano University

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Gustavo Morales, PhD (2015)
Associate Professor & Director, Political Science, Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)

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Scott Pruysers, PhD (2015)
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University


Esteban Nicholls Andrade, PhD (2014)
Associate Professor of Global and Social Studies, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador

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John Cappucci, PhD (2014)
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Assumption University; Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict; Assistant Professor, Assumption University.

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Alda Kokallaj, PhD (2014)
Senior Adviser, Government of Canada

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Amanda Coffie, PhD (2013)
Research Fellow, Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana

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Thomas Juneau, PhD (2012)
Associate professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

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Franklin Oduro, PhD (2012)
Resident Program Director for Election Programming (Ethiopia Office), National Democratic Institute (NDI)

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Joanna Sweet, PhD (2012)
Senior Associate Lawyer with Greg Monforton and Partners

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Nabarun Roy, Phd (2011)
Assistant Professor (Senior Grade), South Asian University, India

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Heather MacRae, MA (1998), PhD (2005)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics, York University


Robert Sibley, PhD (2003)
Writer and Independent Scholar

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Scott Streiner, (2002)
Senior Advisor, Deloitte; Mediator & Arbitrator, ADR Chambers


Kiera Ladner, PhD (2001)
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Manitoba

Additional Resources

More data on our Political Science graduates’ career successes is available on the Faculty of Public Affairs Career Paths website.

Carleton’s Career Services Office will help you prepare to start your career upon graduation.