The Academic Deans' 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 Deans, 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

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 We will considerapplications 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:

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: 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 We will begin considering applications on January 12, 2018, and continue to do so until the position is filled.

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