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Assistant/Associate Professor of Technology Policy

Duke University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Initiative for Science & Society seek a tenure-line faculty member with research and teaching interests in the area of technology policy. The preferred candidate will be at the advanced assistant or associate professor level. This faculty member will be jointly appointed between the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Initiative for Science & Society.

The ideal candidate will have an empirically-oriented research agenda, with a grounding in the intersection of ethics and technology, whose work also addresses one or more of the following (or related) areas from a policy-relevant perspective: artificial intelligence and algorithmic systems; misinformation or content policy; data governance; the impact of technology on traditionally marginalized groups; global technology infrastructure and impact; technology and health; the global politics of technology.

The position is open to candidates with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including public policy, computer science, science and technology studies, political science, sociology, information science, or related fields. The position is similarly open in terms of methodological approach. We seek a candidate with a clear trajectory for impactful, policy-relevant research, and with the potential (or demonstrated capacity) for obtaining external support.

We seek a candidate who will be able to contribute to the Sanford School’s and Science and Society’s growing research initiatives and academic programs in technology policy. These include the Center on Science and Technology Policy; the Technology Policy Lab; the Master of Arts in BioEthics, Tech Ethics, and Science Policy; and the Masters in Public Policy concentration in Technology Policy. Additional opportunities for collaboration and engagement may be available through related initiatives such as the Center on Law & Technology and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy.

The ideal candidate will be able to teach core courses in both the Science & Society and Sanford curricula in addition to courses in their area of specialization. Potential core subject areas include foundations of ethical tech, politics of policymaking, and policy analysis.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or J.D., a record of scholarly publication, and potential (or demonstrated capacity) for external engagement on technology policy and ethics issues.

The Sanford School includes a full-time faculty of almost 70 and offers an undergraduate major, four Masters programs, and a Ph.D. program. Current faculty members have degrees in a variety of disciplines including demography, economics, history, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, psychology/social psychology, public policy, public health/health policy, and sociology. The Sanford School houses several interdisciplinary research centers, and offers degree-related programs and opportunities in Washington, China, Scotland, London and Geneva. More information on the Sanford School can be found at

The Duke Initiative for Science & Society fosters research, education, communication, democratic deliberation, and policy engagement on the ethical progress of science and technology in society. Science & Society takes an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on applied ethics and policy, to advance the responsible use of science and technology for humanity. The Initiative has seven core faculty and collaborates with over 150 associate faculty across the university.  Science & Society offers an undergraduate certificate and the Masters of Arts in Bioethics, Tech Ethics, & Science Policy.   More information can be found at

Candidates should submit a letter of application that describes their research and teaching interests and experiences, along with a CV, and the names and contact information of three references (no letters at this stage), These materials should be submitted via the following website: Applications submitted by October 17, 2021, will be guaranteed full consideration. For further information contact Philip M. Napoli, Search Committee Chair, at

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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