Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Institutions/Political Behavior)

UC Merced
Merced, California
Salary commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 16, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The Political Science Department at the University of California, Merced invites applications for an assistant professor position (tenure track) in either Political Institutions or Political Behavior, with a substantive focus in American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations. The Department especially welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate both a record of outstanding scholarship and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in Political Science or a closely related field by the position start date.

Anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

The position will remain open until filled. However, to ensure consideration, applications should be received by September 20, 2022. Applications will be submitted via

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) two writing samples; 6) statement on contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and 7) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than September 20, 2022.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

For additional information, please contact Professor Haifeng Huang at

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or
protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (


UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (


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