Assistant Professor of Political Science- Tenure Track
of Political Science

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position in American politics and American political thought at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2019.

The ideal candidate will be able to teach introductory classes in both American politics and political theory. We are interested in candidates who can teach upper level courses in American political thought and American political development. Additional teaching and research areas might include power and the American presidency; religion and religious movements in US politics; fear and authoritarianism in US politics; and rural and/or labor politics. The successful candidate’s work will be informed by theoretical and historical perspectives on questions important to the understanding of power and politics in the United States.

Ph.D. preferred, advanced ABD considered. The teaching load is five courses over two semesters.

Research and teaching in our department is not confined within the conventional subfields. The department values intellectual diversity and supports a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches that help bring people together across subfields as they address questions of power of ever-pressing importance. The department also supports interdisciplinary in teaching and research in keeping with the Colleges’ longstanding emphasis on interdisciplinary liberal arts education. We encourage the creative development of new questions, lines of inquiry, and vectors of critique. The department seeks candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Applications received by September 15, 2018 will be given first consideration, but we will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement explaining how your skills and experience support the campus’ commitment to diversity. Please arrange to have three letters of reference sent via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/51001. Additional inquiries can be directed to Professor Jodi Dean, Search Chair, jdean@hws.edu.


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