Website purduepolsci Purdue University Department of Political Science

Job Summary
Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is seeking up to three scholars of political science or public policy for academic-year appointments at the rank of assistant (tenure track) or associate (tenured) professor, field open, with research interests in technology and politics, broadly construed. We encourage applications that bridge traditional political science or policy topics with one or more of the following areas: energy, artificial intelligence, security/cybersecurity, genomics/sociogenomics, or regulatory policy.


Strong candidates will have an active research program with evidence of high-quality publications and that aligns well with extramural funding opportunities. The person holding this position will teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to their areas of interest and teach some courses each year in the College of Liberal Arts’ nationally-recognized Cornerstone Program. One of these positions will teach courses in the department’s environmental politics and policy curriculum.



The candidate must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or a closely related field prior to the start date of the position. This position requires strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to publish high-quality peer-reviewed research. Candidates should have expertise in cutting-edge quantitative methods, causal inference, computational methods, lab or field experiments, formal theory, or mixed methods that can contribute to the program Advanced Methods at Purdue. Candidates applying for appointment at the rank of associate professor with tenure must hold this rank in their current position or have a scholarly record that supports promotion to the rank at a leading research university.


The College and University

The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 45 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2023. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions include teaching in our innovative, nationally- recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.

Purdue is a leading research institution, member of the AAU, and public land-grant university. Political Science offers the PhD, MA, and BA degrees, and is home to several interdisciplinary certificates and/or minors in environmental policy, public policy, and human rights. The department has growing strength in areas related to technology and governance. Faculty members are actively involved with many interdisciplinary programs and centers on campus, including Purdue Policy Research Institute and other centers at Purdue’s Discovery Park District, the Center for C- SPAN Scholarship and Engagement, and Purdue’s Applied Research Institute.


Application Procedures

To apply, please visit Applications must be submitted online and include: 1) Cover letter of interest that includes a statement describing how the applicant’s research and teaching fit the principal duties and qualifications of the position. 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) Recent research paper or other writing sample related to the position description, 4) a research statement, 5) a teaching statement. Candidates who advance in the review process may be asked to provide letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Political Science are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Political Science are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.

Screening of applicants will begin October 10 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. For additional information, contact Search Committee Chair Keith Shimko at

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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