Howard University Department of Political Science - Black Politics and American Politics

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 18, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Howard University

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for an open rank tenure-track/tenured position with research interests in the area of Black Politics and American Politics. The successful candidate will be a scholar whose research and teaching engages Black politics in the United States. Scholars’ research should focus on people of African descent and fall into one of the following areas: healthcare or health policy, American political institutions, American political development, and/or American political behavior. Substantive areas of teaching should include, but not limited to, American government and politics, Black politics, healthcare or health policy, public policy, electoral politics, and/or Black social movements. We welcome applications from candidates with a range of theoretical and methodological frameworks and approaches. 

We seek outstanding applicants with a demonstrated track record of excellence in research and teaching. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to vigorously pursuing extramurally funded research programs in their areas of expertise, actively participate in the Department's teaching and curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Evidence of interest and success in mentoring underrepresented minority students is highly desired.


Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Howard University is classified as Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is a residential campus of approximately 10,000 students located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

The Department of Political Science currently consists of 15 faculty members and offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees in political science. Founded in 1928 by Nobel laureate, diplomat Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the Department counts Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, and U.S. Representative Charles Diggs among its many prominent graduates. The only graduate program in political science in the world with a specialization in Black politics and currently the second-largest undergraduate major, POLS is also the leading department in International Affairs, the undergraduate Interdisciplinary major, and Community Development, the undergraduate Interdisciplinary minor.

  Required Qualifications:

  • D. in political science or related field (e.g., government, public policy, etc) from an accredited institution;
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service commensurate with the candidate’s current rank;
  • Effective communication and organizational skills; and
  • Evidence of successful grant writing experience.

Complete applications consist of a single PDF file containing:

1) Cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above

 2) Current curriculum vita

3) Two-page statement of research accomplishments, interests and future plans

 4) Two-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy

5) A writing sample

 6) Three letters of recommendation

Completed applications should be addressed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. Niambi Carter, and can be submitted electronically via Academic Jobs Online: Screening will begin on February 24, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 16, 2021. Additional details and information can be found at and/or by emailing

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

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