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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:

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

At Harvard Kennedy School, fostering a diverse and inclusive community where everyone feels they belong is a matter of basic fairness consistent with our core values as an institution. It is also essential to our mission of improving public policy and leadership—because recruiting the best people and creating an environment where they can thrive make us better at what we do, because we learn more from people with different perspectives, and because we work in diverse groups and serve diverse societies.

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).


AY23 Searches

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 teach and conduct research in-residence at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The Visiting Professorship can take place either in spring 2023 (January to June) or in fall 2023 (September to December), depending on the candidates’ preference.

The recipient is expected to teach one course open to Kennedy School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences students during the 2023 spring or 2023 fall term on a transatlantic or EU-related subject to be negotiated with 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 July 31, 2022 via the Harvard ARiES system. See posting and instructions here: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/11335

For the 2023 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), as well as the UK.

International Affairs

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for a tenured appointment in the field of International Affairs, at the rank of full Professor. We seek a scholar who will provide wide-ranging intellectual leadership in this area and whose work offers powerful and original ways to illuminate and explain key aspects of contemporary world affairs, including relations among the major powers. Candidates should have an outstanding record of scholarly publications, the ability and desire to participate in public discussions on global politics and foreign policy, the capacity to teach effectively in a professional degree program and to work in a diverse intellectual and social environment. The position is open to any discipline, including but not limited to political science, history, or law. A doctoral degree or equivalent is required.

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, list of references, and at least two publications to: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/11380. Applications will be reviewed beginning August 1, and continue until the position is filled.



For More Information

Laura Medeiros
Senior Director of Faculty Appointments