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Duane Oldfield

Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science; Chair of International Relations

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Some (Of the Many!) Ways Our Grads Are Finding Success

Some are pursuing their education...

  • Environmental Law Student, Lewis & Clark College. Andrew Linden '16.
  • Law Student, Drake Law School. Andrew Whitehill '15.
  • Law Student, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Anna Claypool '13.
  • Law Student, John Marshall Law School. Michael Youkhana '13.

Some pursue careers in politics...

  • Research Associate, Vote Smart. Paige Lee '15. Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Staff Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives. Philip Bennett '14. Washington, D.C.
  • Education Policy Director, Senator Dick Durbin, United States Senate. Brad Middleton '08. Washington, D.C.
  • Director Of Government Affairs, Illinois Manufacturers' Association. Donovan Griffith '07.

Some pursue law careers...

  • Associate Attorney, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Helen Hapner '11.
  • Legal Assistant, Kirkland & Ellis. Amanda Mitchell '11. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Erica Jaffe '08.
  • Partner, Behr, McCarter & Potter. Joel Christensen '06. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Director of Enforcement, NCAA. Brynna Barnhart '03. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Some pursue civil service...

  • AmeriCorps Volunteer, Center for Natural Lands Management. Jackson Axley '15. Olympia, Washington.
  • Leadership & Learning Coach, Teach for America. Ashlee Pitts '15. 
  • Teen Educator, Temple Rodef Shalom. Marya Slade '14. Falls Church, Virginia.
  • Budget Manager, City of Round Rock, Texas. Kevin Klosterboer '09.

Some pursue careers in business...

  • Manager, Business Development, Falcon Sports Properties. Neal Moon '14 
  • Epic Go-Live Consultant, Santa Rosa Consulting, Inc. Christian Perez '14. 
  • Founder, Fristaden & Company. Julius Parod '13.
  • Branch Office Manager, Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. Karl Bair '12. Brentwood, Tennessee.
  • Principal, Independent UX & Innovation Consulting. Jacob Diller-Schatz '09. Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Senior Web Strategist, Northern Illinois University. Donnie Forti '06. Dekalb, Illinois.
  • Vice President of People and Culture, Zillow Group. Dan Spaulding '99. Seattle, Washington.

Some go into education...

  • Second Grade Teacher, Todd County Elementary School. Paige Lee '15.
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of West Georgia. Emily McKendry-Smith '05.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana State University. Nathan Myers '03.

And some have found success in other fields...

  • Multimedia Specialist, Philips. Griffin Belzer '15.
  • Division Operations Analyst, Epic Systems. Anna Novikova '13.
  • Individual Giving Officer, ACLU of Illinois. Liesl Pereira '10.
  • Business Risk Management Consultant, Caterpillar. Brett Tilly '95. Peoria, Illinois.

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Printed on Sunday, February 23, 2020