Public Policy Ph.D. Graduates Land Postdoc, Faculty Positions

Aubrey DeVeny Incorvaia and Daniel Schiff

Posted July 15, 2022

The School of Public Policy (SPP) is proud to have graduated several members of its Ph.D. program throughout the Spring and Summer 2022 semesters, three of whom have accepted job offers in academic spaces. Aubrey DeVeny Incorvaia successfully defended her thesis in the spring, while Daniel Schiff and Seokkyun Woo did so during the summer.

This fall, Incorvaia will begin a position as a postdoctoral associate at Duke University’s Initiative for Science & Society, while Woo will begin a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University. Schiff, meanwhile, will begin as an assistant professor at Purdue University’s Department of Political Science in Fall 2023. Alongside his wife, Kaylyn Jackson Schiff, he will also help launch a new Governance and Responsible AI Laboratory at Purdue.

“I'm really excited to continue playing the role of a social scientist in a wonderful technology and engineering school, collaborating with folks inside and outside of the department,” he said.

Before beginning at Purdue, Schiff will take a year of industry leave as he works as the lead for responsible artificial intelligence at JP Morgan Chase.

The graduates reflected back on their time in the School of Public Policy and how it prepared them for these next steps.

“I am grateful for the strong methodological training I received in SPP,” Incorvaia said. Her dissertation focused on the positive death movement in America. From this work, she has published two peer-reviewed journal articles; another is forthcoming.

Schiff provided advice for current and future SPP students.

“Lean on and support one another, lead a full life beyond coursework and research, find mentors who value you as a whole individual, and always remind yourself why you got into public policy.”

Learn more about the School of Public Policy’s Spring and Summer 2022 graduates.

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