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The Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a 1-year (renewable) pre- or post-doctoral fellowship. Sub-field specialization is open, and we welcome and encourage applications from scholars whose work addresses structural racism, oppression, or the Black political experience conceived comparatively, domestically, or transnationally. We are interested in scholars researching topics including racial oppression and racialized inequalities and hierarchies in political economy, in international and transnational politics, in political behavior, in global or domestic institutions (of the US or other countries) – as well as any other topic related to our theme (including inequalities in cities, health, education, and technology).

This position complements a proposed multi-year cluster hiring initiative within the Department, in coordination with a larger cluster hiring initiative on Race, Representation, and Anti-Black and Systemic Racism within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, supported by a University-wide hiring and retention effort.

Post-doctoral fellows will be asked to teach 1 course each semester related to their research and expertise (the same course may be offered in both semesters); pre-doctoral fellows will teach only in the spring term. In addition, the fellow will work with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to conceive and organize an informal departmental reading and discussion group, to be led by the committee chair, during the academic year. Fellows are expected to be in residence, to conduct their own research, and to contribute to the intellectual life of the department. The Department will provide mentoring, professional development, and research support, along with a competitive salary and benefits.

Required qualifications for a post-doctoral appointment: applicants have or expect to have a Ph.D. in Political Science (or a cognate discipline) in hand before the appointment begins, research interests related to race and racism, as defined above, and demonstrated ability or potential to publish high-quality scholarship. For a pre-doctoral appointment: applicants must be ABD in Political Science (or a cognate discipline), have research interests related to race and racism, potential to publish high-quality scholarship, and should expect to defend their dissertations by August 31, 2023.

Applications should include a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s research relates to the area of focus, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and a teaching statement that explains the candidate’s teaching philosophy and describes course the candidate proposes to teach (proposed courses need not be limited to already existing courses within the Department), teaching evaluations (if available), a diversity statement, and two letters of reference; letters of reference should be emailed to

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 1, 2022 and the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Applications being accepted at the following site

Please contact Wynn Maloney in the Political Science Department if you have questions or concerns (telephone number is (412) 648-7290; the contact e-mail address is

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.


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