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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Mary Anne Madeira

Mary Anne Madeira
Mary Anne Madeira
MSc in International and European Politics
Doing Now
PhD student in Political Science at the University of Washington

Tell us about yourself! Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Mary Anne Madeira. I am from Chicago but I am now living in Seattle. I graduated from the IEP MSc programme at the University of Edinburgh in 2005.

Why did you decide to do the IEP degree?

I decided to enroll in the IEP programme because I wanted to study European politics, and I wanted to do this in Europe. The IEP programme appealed to me because of its emphasis not only on European Politics, but on International Relations as well. I thought this would be more valuable than a programme that focused only on one or the other. In addition, the University of Edinburgh has a great reputation and I'd heard the city was wonderful. At the time I wasn't sure of my career goals, but I knew that the degree would be valuable for a wide range of internationally-focused jobs, both in the public and private sector.

What is it that you do now and did the degree help in your career path?

I am currently a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Washington. I specialize in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and EU Studies. When I finish my degree I hope to become a professor. The IEP degree made all the difference in my career path because before Edinburgh I had no idea that I wanted to become an academic. I liked the IEP courses so much, found the subject matter so fascinating, and even enjoyed writing my Master's thesis to such an extent that I knew I wanted to continue graduate work. The IEP degree gave me the confidence to apply to PhD programs and helped me figure out my ultimate career goals.

How did you like Edinburgh as a city?

I miss Edinburgh almost every day! The Scottish people are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. Edinburgh was absolutely gorgeous, with its famous castle overlooking the city. It was big enough to be exciting, small enough to be livable, historic and modern at the same time, cosmopolitan yet quaint. There was always something fun going on to distract me from studying, and my friends from the IEP programme and I had a great time exploring the city together. And whenever I wanted to escape the city hubbub I could take a short walk to the Crags, climb through the heather up Arthur's Seat, and look down on the North Sea, the Scottish countryside, and the rooftops of Edinburgh.

Mary Anne Maderia