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Assistant Professor of the Politics of China

Priority Review Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2022  |  Apply Here >>

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the internal and/or external politics of China, with an expected start of Fall 2023. Expertise in all approaches and topics of research will be considered seriously, but preference will be given to those working on areas of political economy; foreign investment; environmental politics; the politics of communication, information, and data; law, society and politics; and regional security. Successful candidates will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as participate in departmental activities and service. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required; however, ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2023 will be considered.

Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants will have the option to upload additional writing samples. Finalists will be required to submit graduate transcripts. Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission using Northwestern University’s Faculty Recruiting Portal. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required; however, ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2023 will be considered. Consideration of files will begin on October 1st and will continue until the position is filled. All applications received by October 15th will be given priority.

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Assistant Professor of Political Violence

Priority Review Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2022  |  Apply Here >>

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor whose research focuses on violent political conflict within or between states. Expected start date is Fall 2023. Candidates whose work emphasizes international and cross-border dimensions of violent political conflict are particularly encouraged to apply. All methodological approaches employed in the effort to generate new and important empirical findings about political violence are welcome.

Successful candidates will also join a university with a wide community of scholars (affiliated with programs such as the Center for Diversity and Democracy, the War and Society research group, the Dispute Resolution Research Center, the Global Poverty Research Lab, and regional clusters including African Studies, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and the Middle East and North Africa program, among others) whose research and pedagogy engages themes related to political violence. In addition, successful candidates will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as participate in departmental activities and service.

Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants will have the option to upload additional writing samples. Finalists will be required to submit graduate transcripts. Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission using Northwestern University’s Faculty Recruiting Portal. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required; however, ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2023 will be considered. Consideration of files will begin on October 1st and will continue until the position is filled. All applications received by October 15th will be given priority.

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Assistant Professor, Environmental Politics in the United States

REVIEW BEGINS IMMEDIATELY, APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BEFORE NOVEMBER 18th ARE GUARANTEED FULL CONSIDERATION  |  Apply Here >> 

The Department of Political Science and the Program in Environmental Policy and Culture at Northwestern University invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy and Culture with a focus on U.S. environmental politics and policy. We are particularly interested in scholars specializing in the environmental justice dynamics of U.S. environmental politics and who can contribute to advancing interdisciplinary research that explores the disproportionate effects that environmental change and its solutions have on underrepresented communities. The ideal candidate would have methodological expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to federal, state, and local politics, as well as research interests in climate equity, environmental racism, Indigenous rights, political activism, migration, or other related areas. While the search is particularly interested in a candidate who contributes to expanding our expertise in U.S. environmental politics, we are open to candidates in all subfields who study U.S. Environmental Politics in broader contexts across the Americas or globally.

Successful candidates will join a university with a broad, interdisciplinary community of scholars affiliated with programs such as the Center for Diversity and Democracy (CSDD), the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), the Global Poverty Research Lab, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), the Environmental Humanities workshop, and the newly established graduate Environment Cluster whose research and pedagogy engages themes related to environmental justice and policy. In addition, successful candidates will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as participate in departmental and program activities and service. Expected start date is Fall 2023.

Candidates should submit a letter of application (cover letter) that describes their research and teaching interests and experiences, and that includes a brief statement addressing how they foster an equitable and inclusive learning and research environment; CV; writing sample; and names and contact information for three references. Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission using Northwestern University’s Faculty Recruiting Portal. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required, however ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2023 will be considered. Consideration of files will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All applications received by November 18th are guaranteed full consideration.

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PAST SEARCHES

Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP)
in International Relations (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023)

Deadline: Applications received before May 23rd, 2022 will receive full consideration  |  Position has been filled

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) in International Relations (Fall 2022 – Spring 2023). This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for the 2023-24 academic year. We seek a teacher-scholar with a Ph.D. degree in political science specializing in the field of International Relations. Candidates nearing completion of their degree requirements, with a defense date by September 2022, will be considered in the search. Successful candidates for the position will teach six courses, distributed across three quarters that comprise Northwestern’s academic calendar. Candidates are welcome to teach 6 unique courses, but applicants should expect to prepare no more than 4 courses, including at least one quarter of Introduction to International Relations.

Excellent candidates for this position will be able to teach an introductory undergraduate course in the field of International Relations, as well as more advanced courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, with a preference for experience teaching American Foreign Policy, International Security, Peace and Conflict, Human Rights, Nuclear Policy, Cyber/Information Security, Chinese Foreign Policy, International Political Economy, International Law, or the European Union in International Affairs. The Visiting Assistant Professor will have additional opportunities for teaching and research collaboration with the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs,  the Global Poverty Research Lab, among other regional and thematic clusters related to the candidate’s expertise.

Assistant Professor of American Politics

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021 | Position has been filled

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in American Politics to begin on September 1, 2022. We seek scholars studying problems relating to inequality, power, and/or democracy. Within those broad themes, we are open with respect to particular substantive topic and scholarly lens. We especially welcome scholars who study political institutions, the intersection of institutions and behavior, American political economy, American political development, and/or public law. This search is part of a thematic, multi-line search in the areas of inequality, power, and democracy; at least one new colleague should have excellent quantitative skills. The successful applicant will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses. A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is expected by the start date. Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and all applications received by October 15, 2021 will be guaranteed full consideration.

Associate Professor of American Politics

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021 | Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Department of Political Science at Northwestern University seeks applications for a full-time, tenured Associate Professor position in American Politics to begin on September 1, 2022. We seek scholars studying problems relating to inequality, power, and/or democracy. Within those broad themes, we are open with respect to particular substantive topic and scholarly lens. We especially welcome scholars who study political institutions, the intersection of institutions and behavior, American political economy, American political development, and/or public law. This search is part of a thematic, multi-line search in the areas of inequality, power, and democracy; at least one new colleague should have excellent quantitative skills. The successful applicant will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses. Applications should include a cover letter, current CV, writing sample, research statement, teaching statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, diversity statement, and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and all applications received by October 15, 2021 will be guaranteed full consideration.

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