Alumni News

New Grad lands job as Research Assistant at CNA Corporation

Rachel McVicker ’21 has landed a job as Research Assistant in the China Indo-Pacific Division at CNA Corporation. Congrats Rachel!

Six Ways Mary Washington Prepared Us for Life in France

“Interested in moving abroad? I’m Maria, and my fiancé Jalen and I graduated from UMW in 2019 with double majors in French and International Affairs. Since then, we’ve taught English in France for an academic year and we’ve completed the first half of our French master’s degrees in Public Law (European Integration and Global Governance track) and in Management of Production, Logistics, and Procurement (Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management track) respectively. In our free time, we run a blog and YouTube channel about our experience in France with the goal of sharing transparent information about how we are able to live abroad. We would love to be a resource for fellow Eagles looking to work or study abroad after graduation, especially if living in France interests you. Feel free to check out our blog and YouTube channel, connect with us on LinkedIn, and let us know if there’s anything we can do to be a resource for you.” Click here to read more! 

New Grad Earns Virginia Governor’s Fellowship

UMW 2021 graduate Megan Weeks has been accepted into the prestigious Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program.Just days before she donned her cap and gown and walked across the Commencement stage, Weeks received word that she was among 25 rising college seniors and graduates nationwide selected for the Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program. Weeks, who grew up in Henrico County, will return to the Richmond area this summer to merge the knowledge and skills she acquired at UMW with the hands-on experience she’ll gain working in the office of Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. Click here to read more!

Thomas Peterson ’19 on Teaching in Madrid During COVID

Three 2019 alums – Morton, (IA Major) Thomas Peterson and Cara Wissinger – are among several Mary Washington graduates who have moved to Madrid to teach after participating in UMW’s study abroad program with Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao during college. Learn about their experience by clicking here to read more!

Hannah Rothwell Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

International Affairs Alum Hannah Rothwell has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar in Uzbekistan, effective immediately. Rothwell is the PSIA department’s second Fulbright to Uzbekistan. Political Science Alum Shannon Maguire also was a Fulbright in Uzbekistan.

Kelsey Coates named Chief of Staff of the NEH

Political Science Alum Kelsey Coates has been named Chief of Staff for the National Endowment for the Humanities by the Biden Administration. Click here to read more!

Interview with Dr. Maggie Dwyer ’04

Maggie is currently a Lecturer in Africa and International Development at The University of Edinburgh. In this interview she talks about why she chose political science, her current career and research, and how she found her career path. Click here to learn more.

The U.S. Census and the 2020 Elections

On Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 12:30pm ET, Stacy Whitehouse discussed the US Census, the 2020 elections, and her work involving with both. Click here for a recording of the talk!! passcode: J&G.u^2e

Interview with Kevin Hughes ’13

Kevin is currently a Public Policy Manager at Facebook in Washington D.C. In this interview he talks about why he chose political science and how the department guided him to where he is today. Click here to learn more.

Interview with Rebecca Jacobi ’20

Rebecca Jacobi currently has an internship with the Feminist Majority Foundation as a Digital Organizer. In this interview she talks about why she chose international affairs and how the department guided her to where she is today. Click here to read more.


Interview with Paige McKinsey ’15

Paige is currently a Masters Program Student at George Washington University. In this interview she talks about why she chose international affairs and how the department guided her to where she is today. Click here to learn more.


Ambassador for Freedom

John Cotton Richmond (’93), was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to fight human trafficking in October 2018. “Under Richmond’s leadership, the TIP office helps coordinate U.S. inter-agency efforts at home and leads diplomatic efforts around the globe aimed at ending the enslavement of an estimated 24.9 million people.” Read more here.

John Cronin heads to the Virginia Governor’s office

John Cronin '19, political science major and captain of the UMW men's basketball team, just scored a Virginia Management Fellowship. John Cronin, who was named 2019’s Male Student-Athlete and UMW Alumni Award recipient, has the next two years of his life mapped out. After completing his bachelor’s degree in political science in May, Cronin was recognized yesterday by the Office of the Governor as a member of the second cohort of Virginia Management Fellows. click here to read more.

Stacey Feindt heads to the Virginia Governor’s office

Recent BLS grad Stacey Feindt has been accepted into the prestigious Governor's Fellows Program. Photo by Caeleigh Feindt. Just days before graduation, the Fredericksburg native learned she was among the 28 rising college seniors and graduates from across the country selected for a coveted spot in the 2019 Governor’s Fellows Program. Click here to read more.

Chris Cassignham Named Virginia Governor’s Fellow

Spring 2018 – The Department congratulates Chris Cassingham on being named a Virginia Governor’s fellow.  Cassingham, who graduated in 2018 with a degree in Political science, was chosen from rising college seniors and graduates from around the country for one of the 23 coveted spots in the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program. For more information, visit: