Assistant Professor - Political Science (Populism, Nationalism, and Identity), Fall 2023

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Assistant Professor - Political Science (Populism, Nationalism, and Identity), Fall 2023

Knoxville, Tennessee
Open Date:
Aug 1, 2022

The Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in the politics of populism, nationalism, and/or identity to begin Fall 2023.  We are particularly interested in applicants who use rigorous and creative analytical approaches to address substantively important questions pertaining to these themes. Relevant research interests include (but are not limited to): nationalist, populist, or nativist parties or movements; conflicts, inequalities, or other relations between identity groups such as those based on ethnicity, race, religion, caste, social class, or national origin; politics of and policies pertaining to historically marginalized groups; xenophobia and discrimination toward migrants, refugees, or other marginalized individuals; etc.

The successful candidate must have strong research skills and a theoretically oriented research agenda that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed outlets (journals and/or books). The position is open with respect to method, subfield, and geographic region.  Preference will be shown for applicants who have research and teaching interests that complement existing departmental interests and strengths (especially in the areas of global security and/or the politics of inequality), have a capacity for attracting extramural funding, demonstrate evidence of or potential for college/university teaching excellence, and exhibit a commitment to diversity and inclusion.  The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.  The position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. More information about the Department is available at: The Department also has a close working relationship with the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, which can provide a variety of resources and opportunities for faculty.


All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or related discipline must be finished at the time of appointment.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should send a cover letter, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, a research statement, a teaching statement, and a statement concerning experience with and plans for contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion. All applicants should request letters from three references to be directly uploaded to Interfolio. Please submit application materials in digital format via Interfolio ( Review of applications begins September 20, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or inquiries, contact Professor Matt Buehler at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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