Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Vin Gathing, MIPA, JD

Vin Gathing, MIPA, JD

Washington, DC

Previous education
Bachelor degrees in political science, history, international relations; master’s certificate in Latin American studies; master’s degree in European studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison; American University, Washington, D.C.; and Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.  

Professional/research interests
European integration, democratic transitions, post-communist geopolitics, Russian foreign policy

Expected graduation date

Why MIPA and law degrees?
I’ve always been interested in international affairs, development, politics, and governance. La Follette’s MIPA is great with all of them.

Why the La Follette School?
Madison is a great city, and the La Follette School is without peer in this region of the country. If I were going to study public affairs in the Midwest, it just had to be here.

Volunteer activities
I work as an election official for Dane County municipal polling, and I am a member of the Indigenous and Secular Law Students societies.

Career goals
I hope to work in developing the legal and governmental institutions of transitioning countries, particularly those shifting from communism to democratic capitalism.

What advice would you give to prospective La Follette School students?
Be a MIPA – the world needs more MIPAs!

Most challenging experience at the La Follette School?
Advanced economics number-crunching. Brutal.

Most rewarding experience at the La Follette School?
In-person seminars and presentations from impressive and accomplished figures in international governance and development.

Anything else?
I speak four languages and have been to more than 50 countries. I also do a mean Sudoku, and my crossover does break an ankle on occasion.

People would be surprised if they knew ...
That I’m ambidextrous and briefly had a British accent when I was a kid.