Assistant Professor of Political Science, American Political Institutions

  • Purdue University, Political Science Department
  • Purdue University Department of Political Science, West Lafayette, IN USA
  • Oct 05, 2021
Full time Political Science & International Relations Public Administration & Policy Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description


Job Summary

Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is seeking a scholar of American Political Institutions for appointment at the rank of assistant professor.

Principal Duties

The person holding this position is expected to develop and maintain a research record of excellence in American political institutions that connects, in some way, to broader college themes of “Data, Decision-Science, and Social Organization,” or “Technology, Communication, and Cooperation.”  In addition, the person holding this position will create and disseminate relevant knowledge through student instruction, will teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to their areas of interest, and teach some courses each year in the College of Liberal Arts’ award-winning Cornerstone Program. A high level of commitment to PhD student mentoring and a culture of diversity and inclusion is expected.

The College and University

This position one of seven hires this year in the Department of Political Science. The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.

Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Political Science are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry.

Purdue is a research-intensive, PhD-granting institution and a public land-grant university. Candidates may be interested in several interdisciplinary programs and centers on campus, including Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP) cluster, Integrated Data Science Initiative, the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, and the many interdisciplinary centers at Discovery Park and in the college. Additional collaboration opportunities are available to candidates who have research interests that utilize the C-SPAN Archives or have an interest in affiliation with the C-SPAN Center for Scholarship and Engagement. In addition to the major and PhD, the Department is home to graduate and undergraduate certificates and minors in environmental politics and policy, public policy, and human rights. 


Preferred and Required Qualifications


The candidate must have a completed all requirements for the Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or related field by the date of employment, and have expertise in American political institutions. This position requires strong communication skills and the ability to publish high-quality peer-reviewed research.  Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute expertise to the Advanced Methods at Purdue program through research that utilizes cutting-edge social science research methods.

Application Details

Application Procedures

To apply, please visit Applications must be submitted online and include: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) Recent research paper or other writing sample, 3) Cover letter of interest that includes a statement describing how the applicant’s research and teaching fit the principal duties of the position, 4) Research and teaching statements, 5) a Diversity and Inclusion statement described below, and 6) confidential letters of recommendation from three academic references must be sent to 

Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Screening of applicants will begin October 7 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. For additional information, contact search committee chair Robert X. Browning at  or


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.



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