Latin American National Security and Foreign Policy (Assistant Professor or Professor of Practice)

University of Texas at Austin
  • Location
    Austin, Texas
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 07

Position description

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (LBJ School) at the University of Texas at Austin invite applications for a Professor of Practice or a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Latin American National Security and Foreign Policy to begin in Fall of academic year 2024-25 (with an August 2024 start date). This faculty position will be housed at the LBJ School with commitments to cross-list elective courses and collaborate with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).

The appointee's research may focus on:

  • Intelligence sharing: analyzing the mechanisms and effectiveness of intelligence sharing between Latin American countries, as well as with external partners, such as the United States and Europe.
  • Drug trafficking: studying the dynamics of drug trafficking in the region, including the role of transnational criminal organizations, drug cartels, and local criminal networks.
  • Arms trafficking: examining the flow of arms across national borders in Latin America, including the sources of illicit arms, the actors involved in arms trafficking, and the impacts on regional security.
  • Cybersecurity: analyzing the emerging threats to cybersecurity in Latin America, including the rise of cybercrime and cyber espionage, and the capacity of states to respond to these threats.
  • Transnational organized crime: exploring the broader phenomenon of transnational organized crime in Latin America, including human trafficking, money laundering, and corruption.
  • Border security: studying the policies and practices of border security in Latin America, including the construction of physical barriers, the use of surveillance technologies, and the management of migration flows.
  • Political violence: studying the causes, dynamics, and impacts of political violence, including terrorism, civil wars, and human rights abuses.
  • Foreign policy: examining the role of Latin American countries in international relations, including issues such as regional integration, relations with the United States, and South-South cooperation.

The appointee will teach core courses either in the master's program or the new undergraduate program as well as electives in the areas of specialization described above. The appointee's research will have direct relevance to public policy. The appointee may conduct and publish scholarly research and seek grant opportunities in support of their research and/or teaching activities. In the case of a Professor of Practice position, the appointee will be expected to actively engage in policy development and teaching. The appointee will participate in faculty governance in the LBJ School.

One of the nation's top ten programs in public affairs, the LBJ School comprises more than 40 faculty members and approximately 300 graduate students, and offers multi-disciplinary curricula leading to the degrees of Master of Public Affairs, Master of Global Policy Studies, and Ph.D. in Public Policy. In its 75-year history, LLILAS is among the largest Latin American studies centers in the US, with an academic unit with several undergraduate and graduate degrees and an interdisciplinary research and outreach center. LLILAS and the LBJ School have had a longstanding relationship, which includes teaching and research initiatives in areas such as public health, environmental and migratory policy, and security; faculty-led research projects, student opportunities, scholarly programming, and public outreach. LLILAS and the LBJ School offer an MA dual degree. This degree responds to an increased need in both public and private sectors for policy specialists, who have a global perspective on public affairs and related fields, and a desire to specialize on Latin America and US-Latin American relations.


A master's degree in a related field is required for a Professor of Practice position. For a tenure-track Assistant Professor, a PhD is required. ABD candidates will be considered if the doctoral degree will be complete by the time of employment. Experience in college teaching and evidence of scholarship or scholarly potential is preferred.

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