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Assistant Professor position in Race and Ethnic Politics

Georgetown University
Washington D.C.

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The Department of Government at Georgetown University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Race and Ethnic Politics. For the first year of this position, the successful candidate will also hold the title of Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow, and will have no teaching and service responsibilities to allow a focus on research while receiving mentorship and support from two senior faculty members. After the first fellowship year, teaching responsibilities will revert to the department's standard teaching commitment of two courses per semester.

This search is open to all four fields in the Government Department (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory) and all subfields within political science. Importantly, we seek applicants whose research expands the boundaries of political science and also those whose research invigorates existing and enduring questions in political science with scholarly insights and perspectives drawn from the politics of race and ethnicity.  

Successful candidates will contribute to an intellectual and academic agenda at Georgetown that seeks to establish the University as a premier center for research and teaching in race and ethnic politics. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work with multiple units across the University which study race and ethnic politics, including, among others, the newly established Racial Justice Institute, the African American Studies Department, the McCourt School of Public Policy, and the Georgetown Law Center. 

Candidates should submit a cover letter, cv, three letters of reference, an academic writing sample, and a statement explaining how you have in the past and will in the future at Georgetown enrich a community that seeks a diversity of perspectives. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This commitment to DEI can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including through teaching and research on matters related to DEI or through service that has fostered DEI in a university community.

Please submit these materials in Interfolio by October 1, 2022 to ensure full consideration, but review of applications will be on-going. The position remains open until filled:

Please direct any questions regarding the search to Prof. Laia Balcells at [email protected] Administrative questions regarding search logistics may be directed to Ileana Aguilar at [email protected]

About Georgetown University and the Government Department

The Government Department at Georgetown is a leading department of Political Science.  We are an open, dynamic, and publicly engaged community of scholars, students, and professional staff. We believe in the ideal of scholarship for its own sake but are also deeply committed to the role of cutting-edge research in informing politics and public life.  We see our setting in Washington, DC as a rich opportunity for the study of politics, particularly within the field of race and ethnic politics and we particularly welcome applications from scholars whose research strives to connect the local and particular with broader forces and constructs within political life. 

Georgetown University is one of the world's leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. We are a vibrant community of exceptional students, faculty, alumni and professionals dedicated to real-world applications of our research, scholarship, faith and service.

Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Drawing upon the 450-year-old legacy of Jesuit education, we provide students with a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs.

More on the Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow Program can be found at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798.

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