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


Professor of Sociology and Social Policy

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for one or more tenured positions in Sociology and Social Policy. Candidates should have an established record of research, a commitment to teaching in professional degree programs, and engagement with and interest in public policy and practice. Applications from all methodological approaches in sociology are welcome.  A doctoral, professional or other higher degree is required.

Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, list of references, and at least two published research papers to: David T. Ellwood, Chair, Social Policy Search Committee via http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9063.  The committee will begin reviewing candidates on July 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Digital Technology Policy

The Harvard Kennedy School is conducting an open rank search in the field of digital technology policy. Preference will be given to candidates who combine technical expertise on digital technology with experience in public service, policy, or politics. Topics of specialization may include (but are not limited to) cybersecurity, digital technology regulation, privacy, free speech, service delivery, urban design, voting, politics, and democracy more generally. Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV online at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7248

We will consider applications until the position is filled.

Comparative Politics (Tenure Track)

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in comparative politics. The search is open in terms of subject matter and global region, but we particularly welcome applications from scholars whose work advances clear and compelling perspectives on problems of governance, political institutions, and political behavior in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa. The ideal applicant will combine mastery of social scientific methods with demonstrated expertise in a particular country or region, including knowledge of local languages, cultures, and customs.

Qualifications include a doctorate in political science, sociology, comparative law, or allied field, a strong commitment to producing rigorous research, excellent teaching skills, and a genuine interest in engagement with public policy and with the world of practice. This search focuses on candidates eligible for appointment as assistant or (untenured) associate professors. Applicants should submit a research statement, a description of past or planned teaching (along with teaching evaluations, if available), C.V., writing samples, and three letters of recommendation at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9163.

Review of applications will begin on Friday, September 6 and continue until the position is filled.

American Politics (Tenure Track)

The Harvard Kennedy School invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in the study of  American politics. Qualifications include a Ph.D., a strong commitment to producing rigorous research, excellent teaching skills, and a demonstrable interest in public policy. This search focuses on candidates eligible for appointment as assistant or (untenured) associate professors. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. Applicants should submit a research statement, teaching statement, C.V., writing samples, and three letters of recommendation at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9181.

Review of applications will begin on September 15 and continue until the position is filled.

Practitioner in African Development and Public Policy

The John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is seeking experienced practitioners in African Development to teach in its degree and executive programs. We are especially interested in applicants who have had substantial 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 seek individuals with expertise in either (or both) sub-Saharan Africa or North Africa, and backgrounds in economics, politics, and institutions. The mission of Harvard Kennedy School is to improve public policy and public leadership across the United States and around the world, so people can lead safer, freer, and more prosperous lives. The school serves about 1100 degree program students and about 4000 executive program participants each year. The HKS international development group provides 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 degree programs, as well as the experienced professionals in our executive education 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.

We expect to make one or more full-time appointments at the level of non-tenured Professor of Practice or Lecturer.

Please submit application materials, including a cover letter, CV, relevant publications (if any) and teaching statement to http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9248. We are accepting applications immediately and will begin reviewing them on November 30, 2019.


For More Information

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