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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.

Harvard Kennedy School is 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-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, historically marginalized 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).

AY24 Searches

Julie Johnson Kidd Professorship of Indigenous Governance and Development

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for the newly endowed Julie Johnson Kidd Professorship of Indigenous Governance and Development. We seek candidates with distinguished records of scholarship and/or significant engagement in the efforts of Indigenous peoples to exert their powers of self-determination, with possible focus on political challenges; economic development; regulations, laws, and constitutions; environment; education; health; and/or relationships with external governments, jurisdictions, and populations. The position is open for either the full Professor academic rank or Professor of Practice, and we invite applications from accomplished scholars as well as accomplished policymakers and practitioners. In addition, candidates must be able to teach effectively in a professional degree program and to work in a diverse intellectual and social environment. Additionally, candidates should have experience in institutional leadership and engagement with Indigenous communities since an important component of this position is to assist in guiding the work of the Harvard Project on Indigenous Governance and Development (formerly, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development). The Project’s concomitant programs and endowments will complement the Professorship with its staff and additional faculty and student support capacity.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, list of references, and at least two publications to: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/12343. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.


Junior Analytics

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor beginning in the Fall 2024 semester. We are particularly interested in macroeconomics, development economics, and environmental and energy economics. Qualifications include a Ph.D. (received or expected by June 2024), 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 to https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/12668. We will begin considering applications on November 10, 2023, and we will continue to do so until the position is filled.


The 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 the fall 2024 (September to December) or in the in spring 2025 (January to June), 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 fall of 2024 or spring of 2025 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 no later than September 1, 2023 via the Harvard ARiES system. See posting and instructions here: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/12509

For the 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.


For More Information

Laura Medeiros
Senior Director of Faculty Appointments

Christina Murphy
Senior Editor, Harvard Kennedy School Case Program/SLATE
Assistant Director of Faculty Appointments