Professorship of Urban Policy and City Governance.

Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Posted Date
Jan 31, 2023

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The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for a chaired professorship in the field of urban policy and city governance.  The School anticipates making a tenured appointment at the rank of full Professor, but will also consider applications from senior practitioners for an untenured Professor of Practice appointment.  The professor is expected to provide intellectual leadership for the school’s city-related activities and be affiliated with the University’s new Bloomberg Center for Cities. The field of the search is broadly defined to attract accomplished scholars whose research has implications for the residents of cities, including urban policy and politics, urban social policy, urban economics, city management and governance, state and local government, and housing, transportation, or infrastructure. The search is open to candidates from a wide array of disciplines, including, but not limited to, economics, history, law, management, political science, sociology, and urban planning. 

The ideal applicant, who may be proposed for an Emma Bloomberg Professorship, will have produced influential scholarship that advances clear and compelling analytical perspectives, will have demonstrated a commitment to applying those perspectives in order to solve public problems, and will seek to engage with policymakers, practitioners, and the public. Applicants must also be able to fulfill the distinctive teaching and institutional requirements of a school of public policy that trains leaders and generates ideas to address national and international challenges. The Harvard Kennedy School is committed to building a diverse intellectual community. We therefore encourage applications from women and historically marginalized groups. A doctoral, professional, or other higher degree is required.

Candidates should send a CV, letter of interest, list of references, two publications, research statement, teaching statement, and teaching evaluations to: Jeffrey Liebman, Chair, Urban Policy and City Governance Search via   The committee will begin reviewing candidates from February 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Harvard Kennedy School is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Harvard Kennedy School is committed to building a diverse academic community, so we encourage applications from women, historically marginalized groups, and people of all political views and socioeconomic standings.


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