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Syracuse University

Politics of Inequality

The Department of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of inequality and politics. We seek a candidate with expertise in the connection between social or economic inequality and political outcomes, defined broadly. This position starts in Fall 2022 and is part of a broader Syracuse University Cluster Hires Initiative.

The Citizenship and Democratic Institutions (CDI) Cluster draws together a diverse group of scholars who address critical issues related to the contested meanings of citizenship, civic engagement, public management, and the impacts of democratic institutions on social and economic well-being. The successful candidate will help shape future, multi-disciplinary hiring in the CDI Cluster, and lead and contribute to externally funded projects and interdisciplinary research initiatives within the Maxwell School and across the University.

We welcome applicants who study inequality across different domains – economic, social, health, gender, race, and/or ethnicity. We also are open to multiple methods, and issues in domestic, international, and comparative contexts. This position is open with respect to subfield and geographic focus, but we are especially interested in candidates who focus on American politics and comparative politics.

The political science department is housed within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which is committed to citizenship education at the undergraduate level and to graduate education in public affairs and the social sciences. We seek candidates who complement the broader Maxwell mission and have interdisciplinary interests. Successful candidates may be invited to affiliate with the Campbell Institute or one of Maxwell’s other interdisciplinary centers ( The successful candidate will teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The typical course load is 2 classes a semester.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in political science or a related field or a credible expectation of completing all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 2022. The Maxwell School is interested in candidates who can contribute to the inclusiveness and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service.


For consideration, candidates must complete an online faculty application (available at and attach online the following: a letter of interest and a CV, a research statement, a sample of professional writing, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement about diversity, equity and inclusion, and evidence of quality teaching. Files may be no larger than 5MB, but you may submit an external link to a larger file if needed.

In addition, applicants will be required to provide the full email addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by October 4, 2021. However, the department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled.

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