Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Democracy and International Relations or Comparative Politics, Department of Politics

The Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia
  • Location
    Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 04

Position description

In the fall of 2020, with the generous support of the John L. Nau Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative and College of Arts & Sciences launched a multiyear faculty hiring project. Over four years, we will hire a dozen or more new faculty members at all ranks in the departments of Classics, History, and Philosophy, Politics, and elsewhere. Across all the searches, the Departments seek to appoint scholars whose primary research is focused on the study of the principles of democracy, democratic accountability and representation, either to advance the work of the core lab on the history and principles of democracy or to contribute to one of the Initiative’s other projects.


This year, with the support of the Nau Foundation, the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position for a scholar who studies democracy in a comparative or international context. Candidates should have an active research agenda and a strong commitment to excellent teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are especially interested in scholars who study international institutions, challenges to democratic consolidation, civil conflicts, and/or identity politics or the politics of development in countries or regions outside of North America and Europe. We are also especially interested in candidates with strong backgrounds in quantitative research methods.


The mission of the Democracy Initiative is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement on democracy at a global scale by bringing together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders, and practitioners to study and advance the prospects of democracy around the world. The Democracy Initiative is interdisciplinary and supports and advances the work of faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. To that end, the Initiative supports a variety of labs built on models of collaborative work. The Democracy Labs consist of a series of three-year, rotating labs on various topics, connected by the work of the John Nau III History and Principles of Democracy Lab (the Nau Core Lab), an interdisciplinary hub of research, teaching, and outreach. Current labs are focused on corruption and the rule of law, democracy and new media, democratic statecraft, the links between environmental and racial inequality, and race, religion, and democracy. The Democracy Initiative also supports two projects focused on community engagement and research, the Memory Project and The Equity Center. In addition to holding appointments in their home departments, each new faculty member hired under this initiative will also be a member either of the Nau Core lab or one of the Initiative’s other research labs or projects.


Application review will begin November 1, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled. The appointment begins with the fall semester of 2022. Applicants must have received their PhD by time of appointment.

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