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International Political Economy

Meet Carthage IPE Alumni

  • Katie Niemeyer ’13

    • Current Position: 

      Manager, Program Design and Implementation at Land O’Lakes International Development

    • Major(s): International Political Economy and Economics

    “Carthage opened doors for me – and I stepped through those doors due to the support of my Carthage mentors.”

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  • Ian Johnston ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commander

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “Everyone I encountered in my time at Carthage believed in helping those around them.”

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  • Katherine Schlinder ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Consultant at International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland

    • Major(s): International Political Economy, Spanish, Economics

    “People with different opinions or backgrounds can be powerful teachers and give you a new perspectives on what constitutes normal or feasible. Pursue diverse experiences whenever possible because it helps you grow personally and academically.”

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  • Margaret Wixted ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Project Coordinator, SmartSource Technical Solutions

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “My greatest memories of Carthage are the results of doing things I never thought I could before.”

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  • Jackson Bailey ’19

    • Current Position: 

      Research Assistant with the Council of Economic Advisors at the White House

    • Major(s): Finance and International Political Economy

    “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”

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  • Christina (Wright) Bruff ’04

    • Current Position: 

      Cooperation and Development Counselor, U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States

    • Major(s): Economics, International Political Economy

    “Carthage professors are second to none when it comes to supporting students and truly becoming vested in students’ academic goals.”

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  • Sean Conley ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Hourly Trader at ACES in Carmel, Ind.

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “Carthage was also very good at teaching me to be prepared and flexible. There were many times in my college career where, in the pursuit of a project, I would need to be able to juggle several resources and adapt as the situation changed. The same description can be applied to my career today.”

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  • Jen Fournier Quinn ’06

    • Current Position: 

      Sales Manager at Uline

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “My experience at Carthage with writing and presentations was the best preparation for my transition into corporate management. It helped put me ahead of my peers who attended larger schools and did not have the writing and speaking skills.”

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  • Logan Frank ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Trade Compliance Analyst at Bunzl Retail Services

    • Major(s): International Political Economy and Accounting & Finance

    “Carthage pushed me to always go further than what was required and to find joy in the process of learning. This has carried over and is a central part of my life.”

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  • John Gray ’06

    • Current Position: 

       Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “I always felt that my professors, like Profs. Cyr and Maltsev, provided a platform that was similar to graduate school. That style required more in-depth research and broader writing skills. But it wasn’t just the teaching style, it was the caliber of people who teach at Carthage — remarkable people — some that I still call mentors.”

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  • Allen Kuzilwa ’03

    • Current Position: 

      Education and Culture Attache for the High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania 

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “Part of a diplomat’s daily task is to report to capitals on new developments that affect our nations’ bilateral and international relations. The liberal arts education I received at Carthage equipped me with tools to look deeper into some of these developments, and produce analytical reports that enable government leaders to make informed and better decisions.”

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  • Monica LaFaive ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Underwriter at Jewelers Mutual 

    • Major(s): International Political Economy and Spanish
    • Minor(s): Dance

    “Since the classes were so hands on with the professors, the quality of my education really prepared me for my career.”

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  • Josh Lamers ’10

    • Current Position: 

      Sell-side analyst at William Blair & Company

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “Being involved in Carthage organizations such as the Mock Trial Team was instrumental in helping me build my public speaking ability, critical thinking, and teamwork skills.”

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  • Trevor Lipsett ’10

    • Current Position: 

      Director of Client Experience and Reporting at Hightower Advisors

    • Major(s): IPE
    • Minor(s): Chinese

    “Carthage gives you a unique ability to get involved and contribute both academically and socially in a non-intimidating way.”

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  • Owen Myers ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Polaris District Executive at Boy Scouts of America

    • Major(s): Political Science, International Political Economy

    “Carthage’s mission is a roadmap for something that we all desire—a better world. By seeking truth, we always strive to understand those around us, learning that we have more that unites than divides us. By building strength, we identify what we do right to further perfect it. By inspiring service, we take concrete steps to improve society’s condition. By doing all of this together, we demonstrate ethical leadership and multiply the good that would otherwise be done.”

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  • Kaitlin Theobald ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Western Culture Ambassador at Shang Xia – Hermès Group

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “Carthage helped with my foreign language skills. Studying abroad helped me learn how to adapt on my own in a foreign land. The wide range of courses and professors were essential in teaching me to deal with different types of people and situations.”

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage’s J-Term offers IPE students opportunities to study business culture in other countries. Recent J-Term study tours have been led by economics, finance, political science, and marketing faculty to such destinations as Sweden, Cuba, Argentina, southern Africa, and Hong Kong.

    • Carthage IPE graduates are working around the globe as computer analysts, financial advisors, investment brokers, international business analysts, mutual fund specialists, and for government and nonprofit organizations. 

    • Popular with IPE students, the student organization Enactus provides students with entrepreneurial experience through community projects. The group’s name borrows from three words: entrepreneurial, action, and us. Enactus has received regional and national recognition.

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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