Maxwell Professor in United States Citizenship, College of Arts & Sciences

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

View more

Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts

Job Details

Maxwell Professor in United States Citizenship, College of Arts & Sciences

Tracking Code2603 Job Description

The Department of Political Science at Boston University seeks to appoint the Maxwell Professor in United States Citizenship at the rank of advanced Associate or full Professor, with tenure, to begin in Fall 2022. Applicants in Political Science, from the subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Public Policy, Political Theory, are encouraged to apply. We wish to recruit an intellectual leader with a distinguished record of scholarship who brings a critical lens on the development and meaning of citizenship.

When George B. Maxwell established this Professorship in September 1918 the First World War was not yet concluded and citizenship was — in both de jure and de facto senses — narrowly defined. Indian Reservations were being consolidated, the Espionage and Sedition Acts of WWI limited free speech, Jim Crow was in force, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote had not been passed, and the purpose and limits of immigration were contested. The Maxwell Professorship supports scholars engaged in fostering an “intelligent understanding and appreciation of the rights, duties, inheritances and possibilities of our citizenship.” A Maxwell Chair holder could understand citizenship broadly; for example, in the context of American political development, the tensions between communitarianism and cosmopolitanism, political theories of citizenship, or in comparative perspective. In keeping with George Maxwell’s vision, we seek a scholar who is engaged in both public education and academic discourse.

Boston University offers a rich and vibrant academic community for interdisciplinary research on citizenship; the Maxwell Professorship offers the opportunity to develop connections across disciplines, programs and centers. The candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. We seek candidates who prioritize inclusive practices in their scholarship, pedagogy, and campus engagement.


Please submit a letter of interest to The application must also include: a curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, a list of references and a statement about your record of inclusion. Completed applications are due on 4 October 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


The Difference Is Our DNA

What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 32,557 students from 135 countries to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.

A Community Unlike Any Other

As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.

Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.

Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.

Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.

A city within a city: Today, 80% of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain the 525 student activity groups alone.

The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.

Find Us
United States

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert