Our Mission

UChicagoGRAD’s career development team is a dedicated group of advisors and relationship builders. With academic and professional backgrounds that align with those of the populations we serve, we understand the graduate and postdoctoral experience and the distinct value that rigorous advanced-degree training brings to the wider world.

We support graduate students and postdocs by providing individualized advising, skill-building workshops, career exploration events, and connections to employers and alumni. Our nationally recognized resources and programs equip those we serve to become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government. We encourage graduate students and postdocs to bring their passion for inquiry and innovation to the career development process, empowering them to define and achieve their own visions of professional success.


Career Development Team


Monica Barry Headshot Sept 2022Monica Barry, Assistant Director, Employer Relations
(773) 834-2962

Monica collaborates with employers to assist with job placement upon degree completion for graduate students. Along with post-grad career listings, Monica assists with finding internships, externships, and fellowships. She is passionate about cultivating long term partnerships with employers, advocating for students. Monica earned her M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and holds two B.A. degrees in History and English from Dominican University of California.
Headshot of Steffen BlingsSteffen Blings, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development
(773) 834-3096

Steffen is a dedicated career advisor for social science and humanities PhD students and postdocs. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University. Prior to joining the UChicagoGRAD team he served as an assistant professor and research project manager. Steffen also organizes professional development events to support graduate students and postdocs at UChicago.
headshotBrian Campbell, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development
(773) 702-9422

Brian Campbell is an Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development at UChicagoGRAD. He advises graduate students and postdocs on a range of job search topics from career exploration to interviewing. He is a primary career advisor for masters’ students in SSD, PSD, and UCPE. He also advises PhD students and postdocs in History and CHSS. Brian earned a PhD in U.S. History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Photograph of Nathan Hardy, professional headshotNathan Hardy, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development

Nathan leads master's student initiatives, including programming for professional development and PhD application support. Originally from Iowa, Nathan finished his PhD at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is the dedicated career advisor for MA students at UChicago.
headshotKathrin Kranz, Director, Experiential Education and Outreach
(773) 834-2962

Kathrin leads experiential learning initiatives, including the GGI Internship Program. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Amy headshotAmy Rapp, Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development
(773) 834-5002

Amy is a dedicated career advisor for STEM PhD students and postdocs. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Northwestern University and prior to joining the UChicagoGRAD team worked as a postdoctoral researcher. Amy also organizes professional development and career exploration events to support graduate students and postdocs at UChicago.
Courtney Wiersema HeadshotCourtney Wiersema, Director, Graduate Career Development
(773) 702-3999

Courtney leads UChicagoGRAD's student and postdoc career preparation services. She also directs the Mellon-funded PATHS program at UChicagoGRAD. She serves as a dedicated career advisor for PhD students and postdocs in the Humanities Division. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame.



Career Development Interns


Katie Aracena's headshotKatie Aracena, GRADTalk Consultant

Katie is a PhD candidate in Human Genetics, researching genetic determinants of inter-individual variation in response to influenza infection. In her role as a GRADTalk Consultant, she helps advisees build public speaking skills in preparation for interviews, presentations, and classroom participation.
Headshot of Elsy GonzalezElsy Gonzalez, MA Career Advising Intern

Elsy Gonzalez is a PhD candidate in Political Science, with a focus in International Relations. Her main area of research is international recognition of statehood and diaspora lobbying from secessionist entities. As a UChicagoGRAD intern she helps guide MA students in the Social Sciences with their career options and PhD applications.
Fiona Maxwell HeadshotFiona Maxwell, GRADTalk Consultant

Fiona Maxwell is a 4th-year History PhD candidate researching the spoken arts in the nineteenth-century United States. As a GRADTalk Consultant, she advises students as they prepare for academic and professional speaking contexts, including interviews, presentations, and classroom participation. Fiona teaches improv at the Piven Theatre Workshop and performs at storytelling venues across the Chicago area. She is committed to helping students practice conversational and narrative communication styles.
Photograph of Sohrab Salimian.Sohrab Salimian, GRADTalk Consultant

Sohrab is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computational Neuroscience program studying how mammalian brains control movement! In his current role, he advises graduate students on topics spanning resume writing, interview preparation, and public speaking. Outside of work, he enjoys rowing, tennis, and intramural volleyball.
Headshot of Sophia WalkerSophia Walker, MA Career Advising Intern

Sophia Walker is a PhD candidate in the departments of East Asian Languages & Civilizations and Cinema & Media Studies joint degree program, researching contemporary Japanese media history. As a UChicagoGRAD intern she supports MA students in the Humanities with career exploration and navigating the PhD application process.



The UChicagoGRAD Career Development and Fellowship team photo, taken during grad student orientation 2022