Assistant Professor of Economics


The Department of Economics at Swarthmore College invites applications for a full-time tenure track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2024. We seek candidates committed to excellence in both undergraduate teaching and scholarly research and who contribute to building diverse and inclusive communities. The successful candidate will have research interests in the applied economics of inequality, poverty, and/or economic opportunity ( all broadly defined ), and will teach courses in related fields as well as core courses in the major.

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and near Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. The Economics Department is one of the strongest liberal arts departments in the country, with 12 tenure-track faculty, a diverse and engaged student population, and abundant opportunities for collaboration with colleagues and students. The standard teaching load is 2 courses per semester, with a paid leave every fourth year and generous research support. Additional information about the department can be found at . Candidates seeking to develop their careers in this unique environment, and particularly those with backgrounds and identities underrepresented in the economics profession, are encouraged to apply.

Swarthmore College has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications and demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see .


Qualifications include a Ph.D. in economics or related discipline in hand by August 2024, a passion for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and identities, and the potential for innovative and impactful scholarship.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit the following materials via Interfolio at:
  • A brief cover letter describing your interest in this position and highlighting your qualifications for it
  • Your CV
  • Your job market paper
  • A statement presenting your approach to building diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as it influences your ability to work effectively with students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds
  • Three letters of recommendation
Applications received by November 17, 2023 will receive full consideration. We will conduct initial interviews by early January via Zoom. Please address any questions you may have to Megan Salladino, Economics Department at .

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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