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The Political Science Department at Providence College invites applications for a one-year position as visiting assistant professor in International Relations/Comparative Politics with a focus on contemporary politics of Africa, for the 2023-24 academic year. The position is broadly defined, and thus the Department welcomes applicants with a range of substantive interests such as, for example, post-colonial institutions and challenges, international law and organization, democratization, social movements, conflict resolution, geopolitics, political economy, state-building, or other Africa-centered topics. The teaching load will be three courses per semester and class size varies from 12 to 25 students. This visiting assistant professor will teach courses in African Politics, International Relations, and Politics 101, the introductory course for the major.

The position includes competitive salary and benefits as well as research support, including travel funds, library resources, and grant writing assistance.


The Political Science Department has fourteen full-time faculty members dedicated to effective teaching and scholarship, with expertise in an array of topics including campaigns and elections, civic engagement, communications and the media, constitutional law, democracy and development, Latino and Black politics, environmental politics, globalization, race, gender and sexuality, social justice and equality. We study and teach on many aspects of politics in the U.S. as well as numerous other countries, with particular strengths in East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East..


The City of Providence is a vibrant and diverse city with a long history of welcoming immigrant populations, most recently from West Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. 


Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in political science (or be very close to completion), and will be asked to demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence, strong research skills. and potential for research productivity.  Apply online at and submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references. For additional information, please contact Dr. Rick Battistoni, Interim Chair of the Political Science Department, at with questions. 


Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We welcome your application!


Providence College is a Roman Catholic four-year liberal arts institution conducted under the auspices of the Dominican Friars and seeks candidates who can affirm and contribute to its Mission. We strive to foster an academic culture and campus community that attracts and supports the development of a stellar and diverse faculty reflecting the global environment in which we live and work. As such, a pillar of Providence College’s Strategic Plan for Diversity involves “intentionally recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are drawn to, and supportive of, the mission of the College, and who have demonstrated a commitment to the human flourishing of each member of the campus community.” To review the strategic plan, please visit An Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer, the College especially encourages the applications of women and persons of color.

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