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Postdoctoral Fellow: State and Local Policy Research

Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 6, 2023

The Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences (the “Center”) at Dartmouth College seeks to fill a postdoctoral position in state and local policy research. The Center serves as a catalyst for public policy research, teaching, and deliberation. Funded primarily by income from endowments, the Center is dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary non-partisan perspective on policy-related topics. Additionally, the Center fosters a commitment to the ideals of public service and informed public debate exemplified by Nelson A. Rockefeller, former governor of New York State and Vice President of the United States. For more information on the Center, please visit our website:

The postdoctoral fellow will help manage the day-to-day operations of the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop (PRS) at the Rockefeller Center, a student-staffed, faculty-mentored non-partisan policy research enterprise that serves public officials in the Vermont and New Hampshire state legislatures as well as local government entities and non-profit organizations. The PRS has produced over 250 policy reports since being founded more than a decade ago. Management duties include mentoring PRS students on specific projects, soliciting projects from state and local government officials, and preparing students for public testimony to state legislative committees, commissions, and councils on their research. For more information about the PRS, please visit our website: .

We seek qualified candidates in the social sciences who have well developed data management skills and broad methodological training, including familiarity with quantitative and qualitative approaches. We are especially interested in applicants who have substantive interests in education policy, the environment, health, social policy, or the criminal justice system.

Fellows will be part of a social science scholarly community that includes: the Center; the Departments of Government, Economics, Sociology, History, Anthropology, and Geography; the Political Economy Project; the Dickey Center for International Understanding; the Leslie Humanities Center, the Wright Center for the Study of Computation and Just Communities, the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, the Irving Institute for Energy and Society, and the Ethics Institute. Postdoctoral fellows also have access to professional development opportunities through the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies (for more, see:

The Center, and Dartmouth as a whole, are highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, including but not limited to: racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals who identify with LGBTQ+ communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and/or first-generation college students. The ability to engage in diverse discussions from multiple perspectives across the ideological spectrum and from opposing viewpoints is vital. Accordingly, applicants should state in their letter of application how their professional experiences and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal. Salary is expected to be at least $55,000 per year in addition to a benefits package, computer support, moving allowance, and funds to support research. Postdoctoral fellows teach one course per year in Dartmouth’s quarter system on a subject to be determined in consultation with Center directors. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2023, subject to availability and negotiation.


Ph.D., or ABD with degree received by the start date, in a social science discipline (e.g., political science, economics, sociology, geography). Additional optional qualifications include publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and the ability to help formulate proposals for external grant funding.

Application Instructions

Please provide the following materials electronically via Interfolio:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae, including names and contact information for three references
  3. Two writing samples

Review of applications will begin on March 7, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

For inquiries or questions, please send a message to:

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