Presents the career stories of twenty scholars and policy practitioners worked in Congress, the State Department, the CIA, international agencies, etc.
What options are available now or in the future for students interested in a public policy career? How do they train, network, and advance in the field? Students, parents, professors, guidance counselors, and department chairs are often frustrated by the absence of a solid, readable book on policy careers and options. This book presents the career stories of twenty scholars and policy practitioners who have worked in Congress, the State Department, the CIA, Defense, international agencies, think tanks, the media, and major law firms—all of whom have been influential in shaping public policy—to give readers an accurate and realistic view of life outside the academic world.
No other book provides this type of solid advice for young policy professionals and for older scholars considering career changes. As such, it is vital reading in guidance and department collections, and an essential addition to the personal bookshelves of individual students, scholars, and researchers.
Introduction: Pursuing Careers in Public Policy by Howard J. Wiarda Stopping at the Bachelors or Masters Degree Storming Washington--and Returning to Graduate School by Caroline Blackwell Coming to Washington to Earn an MA and a Career by Janine Perfit The MPA: Careers in the Public Sector by Steven Bosacker Advanced Degrees The Academy as Pastoral Shop (or Campus Activism as Policymaking) by John Brigham A State Department Career--and Afterwards by Lowell Fleisher A Career as an "In 'n' Outer" by Joseph Nye On Being a Woman in the Academy and in Research Institutes by Susan Kaufman Purcell Law and Public Policy in Washington by William Rogers Life as a Policy Wonk Close to Home: Working in State Government by Steve Boilard The World of the Washington Think Tanks by Howard J. Wiarda Influencing Policy on an International Level: Life and Work in a United Nations Agency by Elizabeth D. Gibbons The Satisfactions of Non-Partisan Policy Analysis on Capitol Hill by K. Larry Storrs Up and Down Pennsylvania Avenue: Congress and the Executive Branch by Vic Johnson Dealing with the Media by Norman Ornstein A Foot in Both Camps: Building a Career in Washington and Academe by Tom Mann The CIA, the Defense Department, and Hard Choices by Melvin Goodman Born in a Newsroom: A Political Scientist at CNN by William Schneider Expanding Access and Influence Roads Taken and Not Taken: My Political Science Career in Washington by Margaret Daly Hayes Homen da Lua: Moving by an Unknown Source by Thomas Orum Bridging Two Cultures, Straddling Two Disciplines by Alfred Cuzan Conclusions How to Be a Public Policy Manager in Washington by Donna Shalala Conclusions and Recommendations by Howard J. Wiarda Suggested Readings Index