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.


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