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Assistant Professor of Political Science, Comparative Politics

Purdue University Department of Political Science
Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 20, 2021

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

Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is seeking a scholar of Comparative Politics for appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor.


Principal Duties

The person holding this position is expected to develop and maintain a research record of excellence in research areas that connect, in some way, to broader college themes of “Data, Decision-Science, and Social Organization” or “Technology, Communication, and Cooperation.” preferably in the area of (dis/mis)information or technology and governance. In addition, the person holding this position will create and disseminate relevant knowledge through student instruction through teaching undergraduate and graduate courses related to their areas of interest. Some courses each year will be taught in the College of Liberal Arts’ award-winning Cornerstone Program. A high level of commitment to PhD student mentoring and a culture of diversity and inclusion is expected. 



The candidate must have a completed all requirements for the PhD in political science, public policy, or related field by the date of employment, and have expertise in Comparative Politics. This position requires strong communication skills and the ability to publish high-quality peer-reviewed research.  Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute expertise to the Advanced Methods at Purdue program through research that utilizes cutting-edge social science research methods.


The College and University

This position is one of seven hires this year in the Department of Political Science. The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.


Purdue is a research-intensive, PhD-granting institution and a public land-grant university. Candidates may be interested in several interdisciplinary programs and centers on campus, including the Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP) cluster, the Integrated Data Science Initiative, the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, and the many interdisciplinary centers at Discovery Park and in the college.  In addition to the major and PhD, the Department is home to graduate and undergraduate certificates and minors in environmental politics and policy, public policy, and human rights.  


Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Political Science are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry.


Application Procedures

To apply, please visit  Applications must be submitted online and include: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) Recent research paper or other writing sample, 3) Cover letter of interest that includes a statement describing how the applicant’s research and teaching fit the principal duties of the position, 4) Research and teaching statements, 5) a Diversity and Inclusion statement described below, and 6) confidential letters of recommendation from three academic references must be sent to


Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement.  Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.


Screening of applicants will begin October 25th and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. For additional information, contact search administrator Karan Hustedt-Warren at


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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