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The Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a full-time appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor whose research and teaching focuses on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics in the United States. We are especially interested in candidates whose research interests are related to intersectionalities of race/ethnicity, gender, social class, and representation, voter attitudes, and political behavior. Other areas of research can include protest, social movements, inequality, immigration, notions of citizenship, structural racism or identity in the U.S. We welcome applicants from any theoretical and methodological tradition.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own courses and be expected to teach at all levels of the curriculum (lower and upper division undergraduate, MA/PhD), including the department’s Introduction to American Politics course. The normal teaching load is 2/2. This position is part of a College of Liberal Arts-wide cluster of searches designed to increase research and teaching in critical areas related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and support interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations. The start-up package is competitive.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field.
A developing or established research agenda in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics in the United States.
A record of, or potential for, publishing in top-tier journals and presses in relevant fields.
A rigorous, empirical research methodology.
Demonstrated excellence, or clear evidence of potential for excellence, in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications
Research interests related to intersectionalities of race/ethnicity, gender, social class, and representation, voter attitudes, political behavior, protest, social movements, inequality, structural racism, or identity in the United States.
Evidence of or potential for strong external grant activity.

Compensation Rank

Assistant Professor, II

Associate Professor, III

Department Information

The UNR Department of Political Science is an energetic, collegial and exciting community of political science, public policy, and public administration scholars with a deep commitment to excellence in research and teaching as well as to leadership in the Department, the University, and the diverse northern Nevada community. The Department is home to three graduate programs that confer MA, MPA and PhD degrees. It offers a BA in Political Science and coordinates the International Affairs major and minors in Latin American Studies, Asian Studies and Renewable Energy. Faculty are linked with a variety of College and University-wide initiatives, including the Gender, Race and Identity Program. Additional information about the Department can be found at:

College and University Information

The College of Liberal Arts emphasizes inquiry, discovery, diversity, and openness to new ideas and perspectives. It supports major scholarly research, teaching and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts. The College offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Along with the interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and is actively addressing racism, bias and inequities; for examples, see the Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The world-class Lilley Museum of Art opened in 2019; the many departments of the College have an active intellectual and public events life.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public land-grant institution with Carnegie Research 1 status. With a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students, UNR students and faculty have won numerous national research awards and competitive fellowships. The university also has been designated as a Carnegie Community Engagement university. Nearly half of UNR students are students of color; the university is an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University’s mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment. The University of Nevada, Reno and the College strongly value diversity, equity and inclusion.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of more than 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many transportation hubs. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada: Dual Career Program

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair – Jeremy Gelman            

Search co-Coordinator – Karen Braun 

Search co-Coordinator – Tamela Gorden 

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 30, 2020.

To apply, please go to:—Main-Campus/Assistant-or-Associate-Professor–Political-Science—Race–Ethnicity–and-Politics-in-the-US_R0122870

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