Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 10, 2021
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Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Center for Work and Democracy

The School of Social Transformation, an interdisciplinary unit at Arizona State University (, invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar in the Center for Work and Democracy.

The postdoc will serve as a project lead for the Center for Work and Democracy's Ballot Initiatives project. The most important task is to organize and lead research on ballot initiatives as tools for redistributive policy. This entails designing and implementing research for the project, securing funding, supervising others working on the project, and organizing the publication of research findings. The postdoc will work with the Dr. Michael McQuarrie, Center Director, to develop and implement research projects undertaken by the Center. The Center for Work and Democracy undertakes research in support of its mission to empower working people in the American polity.

The School of Social Transformation is in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is an innovative interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary unit that places just solutions to societal challenges at the center of its scholarship and teaching endeavors.

The initial appointment is being made on a fiscal year, full-time, appointment for one year with subsequent annual renewal based upon satisfactory performance and availability of resources. This position is a benefits-eligible appointment with no tenure implications. The anticipated start date is August 2021. This position comes with a competitive salary and health insurance coverage. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in political science, sociology, or related field by the time of appointment, but no earlier than May 2016
• Experience with core methods of social science research
• Familiarity with institutional politics in the United States
• Experience with the labor movement, and experience with social movements
• Demonstrated record of successful publication

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience with social media
• Experience with unconventional modes for publicizing research
• Experience with interview-based research
• Experience with the politics of ballot initiatives

Deadline for initial review of complete applications is April 9, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is closed.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically to:
• A cover letter
• A curriculum vitae
• A list of three references, including contact information.

Questions about this position should be directed to Michael McQuarrie, Director of the Center and Chair of the Search Committee via email to

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting

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