The Academic Deans' Office conducts a number of searches to identify and recruit new faculty members. Searches arise when the dean and the academic deans, in consultation with the area chairs and other faculty members, perceive a need for a scholar in a given field.

In making faculty appointments, we use the following five criteria:

  • Quality of mind
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Achievement in applied public policy and management
  • Potential institutional contribution 

We are 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 and 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, members of minority groups, and people of all political views and socioeconomic standings.

Our current searches are listed below. Applications should be submitted in writing to the chair of the appropriate search committee. If indicated in the advertisement, you may apply directly through Academic Recruiting Information eSystems (ARIeS).


Faculty Searches

Social Policy

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for one or more tenured positions in inequality and social policy. Candidates should have distinguished records of research, a commitment to teaching in professional degree programs, and practical engagement with and interest in public policy and practice. Applications are encouraged from all relevant disciplines, including, but not limited to, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, and criminal justice.

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV and lists of references and papers and publications to: David T. Ellwood, Chair, Social Policy Search Committee, c/o Michael Blackmore, Coordinator, Mailbox 114, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge MA 02138 or via email. Application review ongoing until position is filled.

Professor of Practice in International Development and Public Policy

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University seeks experienced practitioners in International Development to participate in our research, practice and teaching activities.  We are especially interested in applicants who have had substantial high-level management or policy experience in government, in international organizations, in the not-for-profit sector or in business, and who have a talent for and interest in teaching.  We expect to make a full-time appointment at the level of non-tenured Professor of Practice.

Harvard Kennedy School trains enlightened public leaders to generate the ideas that provide solutions to the world’s most challenging public problems. The school serves about 900 degree program students and about 4,000 executive program participants each year, in an active and engaging research environment, hosting numerous seminar series and high-profile events each year. Our approach to international development training is economics-centered, but also multidisciplinary; we combine rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.

Applicants must be willing and able to successfully teach students in our two-year degree programs, as well as the experienced professionals in our executive programs. An understanding of the conceptual and social science underpinnings of public policy and management, and the ability to convey conceptual as well as practical knowledge are crucial, as is commitment to the public service mission of Harvard Kennedy School. A doctoral, professional or other higher degree is preferred.

Please submit application materials, including a cover letter, CV, relevant publications (if any) and evidence of teaching potential to Application review ongoing until position is filled.

Pierre Keller Visiting Professorship

The Pierre Keller Visiting Professorship provides an opportunity for a scholar with a well-established record of work and academic achievement in the field of European Union public policy and transatlantic relations to conduct research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School from January to June 2020. The recipient is expected to teach a course open to Kennedy School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences students during the 2020 spring term on an EU-related subject to be negotiated with the HKS.

The professorship provides a stipend of 60,000 USD and covers transatlantic travel expenses of up to 2,000 USD. Applications should be sent not later than January 20, 2019 via the Harvard ARiES system. See posting and instructions here:

Applicants should provide a description of the research project to be pursued at Harvard Kennedy School (of not more than 3 pages), a CV and a list of publications as well as a draft syllabus of the course the applicant proposes to teach at the Kennedy School. For the 2020 professorship, the selection committee will consider applications from nationals and institutions in all Erasmus+ Programme countries (EU and Northern Macedonia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Turkey).


The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for multiple tenured and/or tenure-track positions in economics, beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. We are particularly interested in applied microeconomics, including social policy, labor, public and urban economics. Tenured candidates should have distinguished records of research, a commitment to excellent teaching, and practical engagement with and interest in public policy and practice. Tenure-track candidates should have an established publication record and a promising research trajectory, strong teaching skills, and an interest in public policy issues.

Applicants should submit a CV, a letter of interest, teaching evaluations, and at least two published research papers to Tenure-track applicants who are finalists for a position will be asked to submit a list of references. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15th and continue until the position is filled.


For More Information

Laura Medeiros
Director of Faculty Appointments