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Political Science

Political Science Graduates

“As a political science major at Mary Baldwin, I learned the analytical skills necessary to become a successful attorney. I also learned a great deal about the political and social dynamics of the city which I now call home. Under the guidance of Dr. van Assendelft, I was able to choose courses which piqued my interest in the political system, taught me to think strategically, and ultimately led to my becoming a young professional in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C.”

Jennifer Vergne Formagus ’99
Jennifer is a litigation attorney at the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. Her primary practice areas are labor and employment law, and Title VII. She represents the IRS in litigation before Administrative Judges and provides litigation support to the Department of Justice.


"At Mary Baldwin, it is not only the small class size, personal attention, and excellent professors, it is also the wonderful community and resources available to young women. As an international relations and political science double major, my interests varied from international law and democratic reform abroad to Supreme Court precedent and the interworkings of Capitol Hill. Through an excellent array of courses and leadership opportunities, I received the complete educational experience necessary to work in politics, both near and far, immediately after graduating."

Claire Wulf Winiarek ’04
Claire attended Old Dominion University’s graduate program in international studies, earning a Master of Arts in U.S. foreign policy. During graduate school and since, Claire has worked as Grants and Projects Coordinator in the Virginia Beach, Virginia office of Congresswoman Thelma D. Drake (R-VA). Her responsibilities include coordinating projects and public service events with various levels of government, as well as her primary focus area of immigration law and Consular affairs. Currently, Claire is preparing to sit for the Department of State Foreign Service Officer Exam in April 2008 in preparation for a career of service abroad.


“I was a political science major at Mary Baldwin and during that time my love for politics grew even stronger and continues today. I had the privilege to study under both Dr. Gordon Bowen and Dr. Laura van Assendelft who taught me so much, and for that I am truly grateful.”

Lale M. Mamaux ‘00
Lale M. Mamaux is the Communications Director for the Commission on Security in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) in Washington, DC. She manages all press activities on behalf of the Commission in an effort to monitor progress on the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords.