Our Graduates in Political Science

Audrey Nicoleau '01 (above) is a political communications strategist in Washington, D.C., who helps her clients heighten their public profile. Shortly after graduating from New College in 2005, the Miami native worked for U.S. Representative John Conyers as his legislative aide. She later joined U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings’ office as a senior policy advisor, with a legislative portfolio that included appropriations, judiciary, international relations, health care and education policy. After almost two years serving the 23rd district of Florida, she transitioned to then U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership office and worked as a communications advisor. There, she got the opportunity to staff the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and co-chair a congressional delegation to Belgium and France, where she moderated several discussions with European members of Parliament on political inclusion of minorities and vulnerable populations in EU countries.

New College is proud of the many Political Science graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

• In 2013 Nancy McEldowney was appointed by the Secretary of State to take over all training for the U.S. Department of State as director of the Foreign Service Institute. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council staff. She earned graduate degrees from the National Defense University and Columbia.

 José Díaz-Balart is an Emmy award-winning national news anchor for Telemundo. He is also an MSNBC contributor and hosts Telemundo's Sunday news program, "Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart."

 Jennifer Granick is director of civil liberties at Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. Before working at Stanford, she was general counsel of entertainment company Worldstar Hip Hop and was the civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Granick practices, speaks and writes about computer crime and security, electronic surveillance, consumer privacy, data protection, copyright, trademark and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. 

Emily Vasile is a user operations specialist at Facebook. She has also worked as a program analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Political Science

• College of William and Mary
• Columbia
• George Washington University
• Georgetown
• Harvard (Kennedy School)
• Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
• London School of Economics and Political Science
• Stanford
• Stetson University
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of California, Hastings College of the Law
• University of Chicago
• University of Colorado
• University of Florida
• University of Minnesota
University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs
• Yale

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