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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).
 

AY23 Searches

Senior Professorship in Urban Policy and City Governance

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for a chaired professorship in the field of urban policy and city governance.  The School anticipates making a tenured appointment at the rank of full Professor, but will also consider applications from senior practitioners for an untenured Professor of Practice appointment.  The professor is expected to provide intellectual leadership for the school’s city-related activities and be affiliated with the University’s new Bloomberg Center for Cities. The field of the search is broadly defined to attract accomplished scholars whose research has implications for the residents of cities, including urban policy and politics, urban social policy, urban economics, city management and governance, state and local government, and housing, transportation, or infrastructure. The search is open to candidates from a wide array of disciplines, including, but not limited to, economics, history, law, management, political science, sociology, and urban planning. 

The ideal applicant, who may be proposed for an Emma Bloomberg 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 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 historically marginalized groups. A doctoral, professional, or other higher degree is required.

Candidates should send a CV, letter of interest, list of references, two publications, research statement, teaching statement, and teaching evaluations to: Jeffrey Liebman, Chair, Urban Policy and City Governance Search via https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/12030. The committee will begin reviewing candidates from February 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
 

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.
 

Ray A. Goldberg Professor of Global Food Systems Policy (Open Rank)

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for the Ray A. Goldberg Professorship of Global Food Systems Policy. We seek a candidate with a distinguished record of scholarship and/or engagement in national and international food system and food security challenges, including related issues such as public health, economic development, stewardship of the environment and natural resources, and agribusiness. The position is open rank, and we invite applications from scholars as well as policymakers and practitioners. Candidates should have an outstanding record of scholarly publications and/or a demonstrated track record of engagement in policy and practice related to food systems worldwide, as well as 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.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, list of references, and at least two publications to: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/11644. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 30 and continue until the position is filled.


Lecturer in Economics

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for lecturer-track positions in the teaching of economics, with at least one position focused on the economics of international development. We seek candidates with a demonstrated track record of teaching excellence and a commitment to the teaching of economic concepts to professional degree program students. The ability to convey conceptual as well as practical knowledge and commitment to the public service mission of Harvard Kennedy School are crucial.

Preference will be given to candidates who combine technical expertise in economics with relevant teaching or policy and practice experience. A doctorate in economics or related field is strongly preferred. The initial appointment is for three years with the possibility of renewal.

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, list of references, and at least one publication to: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/11709. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15th and continue until the position is filled.
 


For More Information

Laura Medeiros
Senior Director of Faculty Appointments
617-495-1179

Christina Murphy
Senior Editor, Harvard Kennedy School Case Program/SLATE
Assistant Director of Faculty Appointments
617-495-1166