The Academic Dean’s office conducts a number of searches to identify and recruit new faculty members.  Some searches, such as those for junior faculty in the three major areas of the School’s curriculum (analytics, politics, and management), are usually conducted annually.  Other searches arise when the Dean and the Academic Dean, in consultation with the Academic Council, 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 ability
  • Research output
  • Achievement in applied public policy and management
  • Potential institutional contribution 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

Our current searches are listed below. We are soliciting nominations from faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i. Nominations should be submitted in writing to the chair of the appropriate search committee. For Junior Searches, you may apply directly through Academic Recruiting Information eSystems (ARIeS).

 

Faculty Searches

International Security

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for a Professorship in International Security, focusing on the role of military force or diplomacy in global affairs. Areas of focus may include (but need not be confined to) great power competition, civil wars, counterinsurgency, terrorism, negotiations, foreign assistance, arms control, military strategy, the management of defense and intelligence organizations, and peacekeeping. Ideal candidates have produced influential scholarship advancing clear and compelling analytical perspectives on contemporary challenges in international security, and they have demonstrated a commitment to engaging with policymakers and applying those perspectives to the practice of foreign policy.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to Professor Stephen Walt, Search Committee Chair, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138. We will consider applications until the position is filled.

Digital Technology Policy

The Harvard Kennedy School seeks to fill a senior, tenured position in the field of digital technology policy. We are looking for a scholar with a distinguished track record in research and teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who combine technical expertise on digital technology innovation with experience in public service, policy, or politics. Topics of specialization may include (but are not limited to) cybersecurity, digital technology regulation, governance and privacy, technology for service delivery, and digital technology in voting, politics and social movements.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV online at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7248 We will considerapplications until the position is filled.

Social Innovation

The Harvard Kennedy School seeks candidates for a new senior, tenured Professorship in Social Innovation. The position is open to scholars in any disciplinary field related to the study social innovation—innovation in support of the public good—irrespective of the sector(s) in which the innovation originates (public, civil society (including nonprofits and social movements), philanthropy, for-profit). Candidates should offer a record of high impact research as well as practice-oriented insights, together with the leadership capacity to shape the future of the field in scholarship as well as practice, in the US and globally.

The successful candidate will also be expected to have strong teaching record and to build community and resources at the Kennedy School and Harvard University that meet the intense level of student interest and demand in social innovation.

Please send curriculum vitae, list of references, and examples of published work to: Ms. Minoo Ghoreishi, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Qualified women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. We will consider applications until the position is filled.

Frank Stanton Professorship

Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government seeks applications from scholars of American democracy, politics, and institutions for a chaired, tenured professorship. The position is broadly defined to attract accomplished scholars whose research has important implications for the health, quality, and durability of the United States’ liberal democratic system. Scholars who conduct empirical or normative research on issues related to the politics of speech, assembly, media, association, or religion in America are particularly welcome to apply. The search is open to candidates from a wide array of disciplines, including political science, law, history, economics, sociology, and communications. The ideal applicant, who is expected to hold the Frank Stanton Professorship, will have produced influential scholarship that advances clear and compelling analytical perspectives, will have demonstrated a commitment to applying those perspectives in order to solve public problems, and will seek to engage with policymakers, practitioners, and the public. Applicants must also be able to fulfill the distinctive teaching and institutional requirements of a school of public policy that trains leaders and citizens and generates ideas to address national and international challenges. The Harvard Kennedy School is committed to building a diverse intellectual community. We therefore encourage applications from women and minorities.

Applicants should submit a CV and a letter of interest. Applications received by December 31, 2017 will receive full consideration. Applications should be addressed to: Stanton Chair Search, c/o Donald Olander, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA, e-mail: don_olander@hks.harvard.edu.

Criminal Justice Policy Professorship

The Harvard Kennedy School seeks to appoint a chaired professor in the field of criminal justice policy.  Candidates should have distinguished records of research and engagements in a field such as criminal justice, law, sociology, political science, philosophy or economics, a commitment to teaching in professional degree programs, and practical involvement and/or governmental leadership in criminal justice policy and practice. It is hoped that the candidate could play a leading role in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Kennedy School. 

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV and lists of references and papers and publications to: David T. Ellwood, Chair, Criminal Justice Policy Search Committee, c/o Alexandra Kovalik, Coordinator, Mailbox 114, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge MA 02138 or via email to: Alexandra_Kovalik@hks.harvard.edu. The committee will begin reviewing candidates on December 1st.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. 

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 Alexandra Kovalik, Coordinator, Mailbox 114, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge MA 02138 or via email to:  Alexandra_Kovalik@hks.harvard.edu. The committee will begin reviewing candidates on December 1stWomen and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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.

The mission of Harvard Kennedy School is to train enlightened public leaders and generate the ideas that provide solutions to the world’s most challenging public problems.   The school serves about 900 degree program students and about 4000 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.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. We welcome applications from women, members of minority groups and other who bring diverse perspectives to the fields of policy and management. Please submit application materials, including a cover letter, CV, relevant publications (if any) and evidence of teaching potential to http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7964. We will begin considering applications on January 12, 2018, and continue to do so until the 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 2019. The recipient is expected to teach a course open to Kennedy School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences students during the 2019 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 February 10, 2018 via the Harvard ARiES system. See posting and instructions here: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8040 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 2019 professorship, the selection committee will consider applications from nationals and institutions in all Erasmus+ Programme countries (EU + FYROM, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Turkey). 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Junior Analytics

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor beginning in the Fall 2018 semester. We are particularly interested in applied microeconomics, including labor, urban and related applied economics fields. Qualifications include a distinguished Ph.D. record, strong evidence of a commitment to research, strong teaching skills, and a demonstrated interest in public policy issues.

Applicants should submit online a curriculum vitae, list of references, teaching evaluations if available, and at least one research paper
http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7864.  We will begin considering applications on November 20, 2017, and continue to do so until the position is filled.


Junior Politics

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications and nominations for a full-time, tenure track position in the study of politics. This is an open search with respect to subfield and topic of specialization, though we are particularly interested in candidates studying American politics. We seek candidates with strong methodological training, broadly defined, whose work focuses upon the empirical analysis of politics and policy processes broadly understood. This search focuses on candidates eligible for appointment as assistant or (untenured) associate professors.

Qualifications include a distinguished Ph.D. record, strong evidence of a commitment to research, strong teaching skills, and a demonstrated interest in public policy issues. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. Applicants should submit online a research statement, C.V., writing samples, and three letters of recommendation: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7945. Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged.


Junior Quantitative Analysis

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications and nominations for a full-time, tenure track position in quantitative analysis. This search focuses on candidates eligible for appointment as an assistant or (untenured) associate professor beginning in the Fall 2018 semester. We seek candidates working on the development and application of quantitative analysis to support better public policy and management. The search is broadly defined to include data science analytics, optimization, and decision analysis.

Qualifications include a distinguished Ph.D. record, compelling evidence of an ability to conduct successful research, strong teaching skills, and a demonstrated interest in public policy issues. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. Applicants should submit online a research statement, C.V., writing samples, and three letters of recommendation at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7953.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Digital Learning

The Harvard Kennedy School seeks candidates for a three-year lecturer position focusing on Quantitative Methods and Digital Learning. Responsibilities for this position include classroom teaching, the development of separate on-line modules for teaching degree program students, and developing methods for using digital tools for more effective classroom instruction. Preference will be given to candidates who combine technical expertise in quantitative methods with prior experience in curriculum development and on-line instruction.

The mission of Harvard Kennedy School is to train enlightened public leaders and generate the ideas that provide solutions to the world’s most challenging public problems. The school serves about 900 degree program students and about 3800 executive program participants each year. Applicants must be willing and able to successfully teach in two-year degree programs and our other teaching programs. The ability to convey conceptual as well as practical knowledge and commitment to the public service mission of Harvard Kennedy School are crucial.

Please submit application materials, including a cover letter, CV, relevant publications (if any), list of references and evidence of teaching potential to http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8096. Applications will be accepted beginning immediately and until the position is filled.

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