Political Campaigning Program Alumni


Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

U.S. Representative and
Chair, Democratic National Committee
(M.A. 1990)


"The Political Campaigning Program gave me a strong foundation upon which to build a career in public service. My degree certainly caught the eye of elected officials when I first looked for a job. And the experiences I had as a student, particularly the opportunity to wage a mock campaign, helped give me the confidence I needed to run for office myself."



David Beattie

President, Hamilton Campaigns - Washington, D.C.
(M.A. 1997)

"The Campaigning Program at UF helped to expand the knowledge I had gained earlier as both a campaign manager and candidate. It greatly enhanced my understanding of voting behavior, partisanship, and the impact of communications, while providing me with a useful theoretical framework for campaign decision making."




David Rancourt

Founding Partner, Southern Strategy Group - Tallahassee, FL
(M.A. 1990)

"The UF Political Campaigning Program is simply a great education and a great experience. The combined academic and real-world approach to this graduate program is the right way to go. It helps to elevate the professioin and instill strong values of hard work, ethics, and an historic understanding of Florida politics and government. I wholeheartedly recommend the Political Campaigning Program to anyone interested in either."



Shannon McAleavey

Senior VP of Public Affairs, Walt Disney World - Orlando, FL
(M.A. 1994)

"The Campaigning Program at UF helped to expand the knowledge I had gained earlier as both a campaign manager and candidate. It greatly enhanced my understanding of voting behavior, partisanship, and the impact of communications, while providing me with a useful theoretical framework for campaign decision making."




Tom Rooney

U.S. House of Representatives
(M.A. 1996)


"The Political Campaigning Program enabled me to understand politics in a way that most candidates would not. Running for Congress is extermely difficult, but the program at UF taught me what to expect and lent insight into the strategy that we are using in our campaign."




Donna Victoria

President, Victoria Research & Consulting - Washington, D.C.
(M.A. 1989)

"I was not really sure what I was looking for when I entered graduate school at UF. As it turns out, the Political Campaigning Program provided the perfect mix of practical experience (including exposure to many of those who have worked in the consulting industry) combined with rigorous methodological training and academic grounding. The experience made me more certain about where I was going with my career and gave me the tools to get there. I've been a guest lecturer for some of the campaigning programs at other universities, and I haven't seen anything that compares to the University of Florida."



Michael Cohen

President and CEO, Cohen Research Group - Washington, D.C.
(M.A. 1994, Ph.D. 1996)

"The joint program in political campaigning and mass communications was a perfect fit for my career. It provided me the theoretical and practical experience to run political campaigns, work for the Gallup Poll, and ultimately open my own firm. The Campaigning Program enhances your ability to think critically and compete professionally in an arena that needs both. But most of all, it provides you the unique opportunity to work with future leaders in all areas of business and politics."



Jay Payne

VP, Creative Services, Stevens, Reed, Curcio and Potholm - Alexandria, VA
(M.A. 1998)

"The Campaigning Program at UF provided me with a base of knowledge that I now rely on every day in creating effective political ads. The balance between theoretical and practical learning was unique and extremely important in my understanding of professional politics. For anyone interested in making a career in the political marketplace, this program is an invaluable experience and tool."



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Political Campaigning Program

Department of Political Science
University of Florida
234 Anderson Hall
P.O. Box 117325
Gainesville, FL 32611-7325
Ph: (352) 392-0262
Fax: (352) 392-8127