Stanford University, Political Science Department


The Department of Political Science at Stanford University seeks an outstanding senior scholar for a tenured professorship (associate or full) with expertise in race and racial justice in the U.S., civil rights, social movements, and/or African American politics. This scholar also will serve as the Faculty Director of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute for a renewable five-year term.

The successful applicant will be expected to play a meaningful role in a department committed to dynamic teaching and to maintain a vibrant and productive scholarly research agenda. This scholar will provide intellectual, strategic and visionary leadership for the Institute. We welcome applications from scholars who are pursuing a wide range of projects that represent the broad diversity of the field of modern African American politics and racial justice. The position will be entirely located in the Political Science Department. The scholar will split time between teaching and research (50%) and directing the Institute (50%). If the directorship is not renewed after five years, the scholar’s teaching and research obligations will be to the Political Science Department at 100%.

The university views filling this position as an important opportunity to raise the profile of studies relating to race and racial justice on Stanford’s campus. The successful candidate should bring a dynamic vision and leadership ability to Stanford.

Recognizing the crucial benefits that diversity contributes to our intellectual vitality, the university has embarked on significant initiatives to diversify its faculty, student body, and curriculum. We encourage applications from dedicated scholars eager to contribute to this mission.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 but applications may be considered after that date. Application materials must be submitted on-line via

Please submit a statement of interest that includes a description of academic background and teaching experience, curriculum vitae, and research statement of no more than three pages.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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