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09Sep 2015

CFA: Transatlantic Academy Fellowships -- Germany and the United States

Call for Proposals
The Transatlantic Academy is seeking candidates to serve as resident Fellows from September 2016 – June 2017 to examine the research theme “Germany and the United States in the 21st Century.”

A joint project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Transatlantic Academy is located at the GMF office in Washington, DC. Each year, the Academy brings together scholars from Europe and North America to work on a single set of issues facing the transatlantic community. The Academy is an interdisciplinary institution which is open to all social science disciplines, the humanities, and the natural sciences. For more information on the Academy please visit our website at www.transatlanticacademy.org.

Background
In its first eight years, the Transatlantic Academy has looked at immigration and integration in Europe and North America, the changing foreign policy role of Turkey, the transatlantic implications of the rise of China, the competition for natural resources, challenges to the Western liberal order, both from within Western democracies and from rising non-Western powers, the role of religion in foreign policy, and the relationship between Russia and the West. In 2016-2017, the Academy will examine a number of themes related to how the roles of Germany and the United States in Europe and the world are evolving and the implications of these developments for bilateral and wider transatlantic relations, for the future of Europe, and for global affairs.

Germany has become Europe’s indispensable power both in the management of the eurozone crisis and in dealing with Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis. In the eyes of many, long-serving German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the de facto leader of Europe. Beyond Europe, Germany has emerged as a global economic power, the world’s third largest exporter, dominating European relations with China. As expressed by the country’s own foreign policy officials, Germany is emerging as a Gestaltungsmacht or “shaping power” in an increasing polycentric and less Western world. German leaders such as President Joachim Gauck and Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen have begun to explain that Berlin must now take on a larger leadership role but are facing a reluctant public. Meanwhile, the relationship with the United States has come under stress with Edward Snowden’s revelations about National Security Agency surveillance setting off recurrent spying scandals. The United States, meanwhile, has encouraged Germany and other European allies to take more responsibility in Europe’s wider neighborhood as domestic affairs, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America vie for U.S. policymakers’ attention. All of this is taking place in the context of generational change in both Germany and the United States, with the result that new leaders have less personal and political knowledge of each other than was the case in the postwar era.

The Academy invites research proposals from academics which can deepen interdisciplinary understanding of the evolving roles of Germany and the United States in Europe and the world and link this knowledge to a range of policy issues, policy communities, and wider publics through interaction with shorter term practitioner fellows as well as through a series of workshops in Washington, Berlin, and other cities.

Research Themes
The Transatlantic Academy Fellows will spend the year both conducting their individual research and developing a collaborative research project which will result in a series of policy papers offering recommendations for North American and European governments. The Academy invites proposals for research on one or more of the following questions:

What if the European Union Fails? Implications for Germany and the United States – British disengagement, French economic weakness, and German economic strength have made Germany the clear de facto leader of Europe since the outbreak of the euro crisis in 2010. However, the prolonged eurozone crisis and the political confrontation with Greece, as well as the growth of “euroskeptic” parties across the continent and the passing from power of the generations which shaped Germany’s postwar role in Europe, have raised questions about how German opinion-shapers view Europe. Major political and economic turmoil in the European Union could change Germany and would also impact the United States.

  • Is the goal of a European Germany being supplanted by a reality of a German Europe?
  • Is the German “shaping power” losing its European mooring and becoming more of an emerging global power? What are the implications for German foreign policy of a failure or weakening of the European project?
  • How do U.S. policymakers, the American people, and key European countries, especially France and Poland, perceive Germany’s evolving role in Europe and the world?
  • How would a failure or weakening of the European project impact the United States? How would NATO adjust to a damaged EU?
  • What role should the United States play in 21st century Europe?

Germany as a Geo-economic Power – Germany has emerged as one of the great winners of globalization, one of the most globally connected and economically successful countries in the world. It is the third leading export economy in the world and the key rule setter for the eurozone.

  • The economic relationship between Germany and the United States is important for both countries, with high levels of investment and trade. However, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the EU and the United States is unpopular in Germany and may not come into effect. Differences over fiscal policy and international financial affairs have grown between Berlin and Washington, as seen in U.S. government and expert criticism of German political and economic decision-making in the eurozone crisis and Germany’s entry into the China-created Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. What are the key trends in the economic relationship and how can it be improved?
  • How will the pull of Asian markets, especially China, factor into Germany’s role in Europe and the transatlantic relationship?
  • How will Germany’s role in the eurozone develop and with what implications for European integration?
  • What are the implications of geo-economics for Germany’s Moralpolitik? The Bundesrepublik long embraced a values-based foreign policy, however, Germany has clear interests in being a reliable trading partner, including with authoritarian states such as China, Russia, Iran, and the Gulf countries, producing a clear tension between values and interests. Promotion and support of democracy has also been a key U.S. foreign policy goal, despite strategic partnerships with authoritarian states such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt. To what extent can Germany and the United States, as leading democracies, form common approaches in dealing with authoritarian and illiberal governments? Where will German development policy go in the future and to what extent will it be driven by economic interests?

Germany as a Geo-strategic Power and U.S. Security Partner – While 21st century trends have shown Germany as a geo-economic power, the conflict in Ukraine and Germany’s leading role in crafting the EU’s resulting policy toward Russia suggest that German foreign policy may be changing. What are the implications for NATO and the U.S.-German security partnership? U.S.-German military cooperation was a hallmark of the Cold War and continues to be strong today. However, the U.S. military presence in Europe is now significantly smaller, while Germany’s political culture and role as a geo-economic power have resulted in a lack of defense investment which limits its expeditionary capabilities for missions such as NATO’s in Afghanistan.

  • How does Germany play the part of a geo-strategic power in Central and Eastern Europe, where it faces the ghosts of its past along with a challenge to European security from Russia?
  • Germany’s role in the fight against the Islamic State may be an indicator of change in Germany defense policy. What will be the German role in dealing with this type of challenge and how does it fit with Germany’s approach to counter-terrorism?
  • To what extent are Germany and the United States still natural security partners? Where do interests differ? How should defense ties be developed into the future?
  • What are the prospects for an increase in German defense spending and what are the implications for the future of the force structure and Germany’s military role in both NATO and the EU? How would a geo-strategically stronger Germany impact U.S.-German relations?
  • Will the United States play a lesser security role in Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East in the coming decades, and if so what does that mean for German security and foreign policy?

Transatlantic Relations and Societal Change in Germany and the United States – The United States remains the most powerful country in the world and has some long-term trends in its favor. However, it is clearly less powerful globally in relative terms than it was two decades ago as China and other powers have risen in influence, and Washington is less engaged in Europe than it was even just a few years ago. The U.S. population continues to shift westward away from the Atlantic and towards the Pacific, while an increasing share of the population has family roots in Asia or Latin America rather than Europe. Meanwhile, Germany’s relative power within the European Union has increased in recent years, but its demographic situation of an aging society of 80 million people with negligible population growth conditions its policies and will limit Germany’s global weight over the course of the 21st century.

  • Where is the U.S. foreign policy debate headed with an open presidential election in 2016, and how strong is U.S. domestic support for international engagement, particularly in Europe?
  • How is the German view of the West, both in regard to the United States and to Europe, changing? How is the U.S. view of the West changing? Is the concept still relevant?
  • What is the role of generational change in these changing images? As the report of the GMF Task Force on the Future of German-American Relations points out, nostalgia is not a good foundation for future policies. Given that any German or American under the age of 25 was not alive when the Berlin Wall fell, the different life experiences and values of emerging leaders may lead to a transformation of Germany, the United States, Europe, and the broader West. How do younger citizens on both sides of the Atlantic view the transatlantic relationship and the meaning of the European project? What does generational change mean, not only for future policies, but also for public diplomacy and international exchange programs?

Eligibility
A minimum of four senior and two postdoctoral scholars, three from Europe and three from North America, will work in a collaborative environment from September 12, 2016 – June 16, 2017. Applicants for senior fellowships must have a PhD and professional experience equivalent to that of an Associate Professor. Applicants who combine academic excellence with practical field or policy experience will have an advantage. Fellows will be expected to present their own research and to react to the work of their colleagues on a regular basis while at the Academy. They will also be expected to discuss their research with policymakers, non-governmental organizations and other policy-oriented institutions, both in the United States and Europe. In addition to a generous monthly stipend, Fellows will receive travel expenses to and from the Academy.

Applicants for Postdoctoral Fellowships must have completed their PhD within the last five years. The Academy offers two Postdoctoral Fellowships. One of them, the Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship is reserved for promising young scholars based at German institutions working in a specific field of the humanities. Applications for this fellowship must be made directly to the Volkswagen Stiftung (www.volkswagenstiftung.de). Applications for the other Postdoctoral Fellowship should apply directly to the Academy.

How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in September 2015 with offers made no later than December 2015. Applications for fellowships can be downloaded from the Academy’s website:www.transatlanticacademy.org.

Applicants for Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship must be made via the Volkswagen Stiftung. The deadline for applications to this fellowship is October 1, 2015.

For more information and an application please contact Jessica Hirsch, Program Coordinator, atjhirsch@transatlanticacademy.org or 202-683-2644.

Dr. Stephen Szabo, Executive Director
The Transatlantic Academy
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
1744 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20009
United States of America
202-683-2644

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: 2 positions, American Politics, University of Tennessee

The Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for two tenure track, assistant professor positions in American Politics to begin Fall 2016. We are looking for candidates who can support the American politics field in the Ph.D. program. We seek candidates with primary research and teaching interests in American national institutions, (including but not limited to the presidency, Congress, or the federal bureaucracy), and/or mass political behavior (including but not limited to voting, campaigns and elections, political socialization, or political attitudes and opinions). The successful candidates must have strong research skills, including training in quantitative and/or formal methods, and must have a clear research agenda that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals. We are particularly interested in applicants who address substantively important questions using rigorous analytical approaches. Preference will be shown for applicants with teaching and research interests that complement existing departmental interests, have a record of extramural funding commensurate with experience, and demonstrate evidence of college/university teaching excellence. The positions are 9-month, tenure-track appointments, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. More information about the Department is available at: http://web.utk.edu/~polisci. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

 

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their research and teaching experience, a current CV, graduate transcripts, a sample of scholarly writing, and teaching evaluations (if available). All applicants should request letters from three references to be sent directly to the search committee. All the requirements for a Ph.D. in political science must be finished at the time of appointment. All materials should be mailed or sent electronically to: Professor Nathan Kelly, 1001 McClung Tower, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0410. Review of applications will begin October 5 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions or inquiries, contact Professor Nathan Kelly [nkelly@utk.edu].

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: American Politics, Williams College

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track, entry-level assistant professor position in American politics, specializing in race and politics, beginning in 2016-17. The Department especially welcomes candidates with additional expertise in related fields, such as urban politics, media and politics, interest groups, religion, social movements, public policy, or comparative race and ethnicity. In exceptional circumstances, a senior appointment is possible. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and applicants are encouraged to state in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired.

 

Candidates should have the Ph.D. in hand by September 2016. Please send a letter detailing current research interests and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample of no more than 40 pages (one chapter or one article), evidence of teaching success, and three letters of recommendation to: apply.interfolio.com/ #30846...... Applications are due on October 1. Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu).Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.

Contact: 
Ms. Nancy Bellows 
Email:  
Phone: 
Fax: 
 
Address:  
24 Hopkins Hall Dr
Williamstown MA, 01267

09Sep 2015

CFP AAG 2016: Borders and Sovereignty

Title: Borders and Sovereignty

This session will focus on borders and sovereignty and is open to papers that address the following theme(s): the history of borders and territorialities; how borders shapes the lives and/or livelihoods of borderlanders; how people in border areas influence the border and are influenced by the border; how modern state borders to control people’s movements; the use of new technologies and instruments to control people’s movement across borders; new opportunities and conflicts created by the hardening of borders; and the movement of people and goods across borders.

 

When to Submit

Send an email inquiry to me now if you are interested in joining this session (ferdoush@hawaii.edu). Abstracts are due to me by October 20, 2015.

 

Organizers

Reece Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Md Azmeary Ferdoush, PhD student, Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: Race and American Politics, Brandeis University

The Department of Politics and the Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) at Brandeis University invite applications for a full-time, joint, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Race and American Politics. The successful candidate will begin her or his term in the Fall of 2016. This search is part of an ongoing cluster hire initiative in African Diaspora Studies at Brandeis University, which aims to broaden and strengthen our intellectual community of scholars engaged in the study of people of African descent. We seek applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on African American politics with an ability to engage in the experiences of other peoples of African descent and communities of color. We encourage applicants with teaching and research interests in, for example, one or more of the following areas: campaigns and elections, political behavior, state and local politics, judicial and criminal justice politics and policies, including incarceration related issues, immigration, and public/social policy. Applicants with the ability to teach courses in quantitative methods will also be viewed favorably. We prefer candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science. ABDs must show evidence of significant progress toward completion of the PhD and some evidence of teaching excellence to qualify for consideration. The course load is 2/2: one course in AAAS and one course in the Politics Department every semester. Courses will be at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Service expectations will be shared equally between both departments. Ph.D. must be in hand by the start of the appointment.    Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a chapter or article length writing sample, and three letters of reference electronically at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6000 by October 15, 2015. Questions about the position can be directed to: Daniel Kryder, Chair, Politics Department (kryder@brandeis.edu) or Chad Williams, Chair, African and Afro-American Studies Department (chadw@brandeis.edu). Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: Political Sciene, UCSD

The Department of Political Science within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California San Diego (http://polisci.ucsd.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in any field of political science to begin July 1, 2016. The Department expects that this appointment will make a meaningful and strong contribution to diversity. The most competitive candidates will demonstrate advanced analytic reasoning and rigorous methodology in their research. 

Our department is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. Preferred candidates will share this commitment and be prepared to teach graduate and undergraduate students, demonstrate the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity, and contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, inclusion, and diversity. Appointment level and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

To apply, candidates must hold, or expect to soon receive, a PhD and provide a cover letter, vita, samples of written research, three letters of reference, and a statement summarizing their contributions, or potential for contribution, to diversity and leadership (further information about the required diversity statement can be found at http://facultyexcellence.ucsd.edu/c2d). 

All materials should be submitted online via UCSD RECRUIT (https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF00884) for position: Political Science Assistant Professor.

Review of applications will begin September 25, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. 

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

09Sep 2015

Job Opening: Comparative politics, UVA

The UVa Arts & Sciences Department of Politics is seeking candidates for a tenure track faculty position in Comparative Politics. The position is open to candidates seeking employment at either the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. We seek to hire a candidate whose scholarship combines methodological rigor and deep contextual grounding in one or more world regions. We will consider thematic specialization and geographic focus in any area. Thematic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the politics of gender, development, the quality of government, and/or social movements. Regions of interest include, but are not limited to, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa. 

Review of applications will begin September 15, 2015. This posting will remain open until filled. 

The anticipated appointment start date will begin August 25, 2016. Applicants at the assistant professor rank must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in the relevant field by May 2016 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment. Applicants at the associate professor rank must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application and must have a strong publication and teaching record. 

To apply, candidates must submit an online application through Jobs@UVa (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__jobs.virginia.edu&d=BQIDAw&c=mL2oYV2ihI7Pv9fnogA3C6aWS-dMDp27WRySozA0w5k&r=NoK6KakKWe0OpZtvrWh6I837-HYlM-diXGuVM3ozgmE&m=PgeZbpdU7pXPVBS1v_QNNbkkrIbWq0mBLAhl_IIkXCw&s=_WBrHNNgUyOXKWs-A0pDKRB-bUAHoTrz0lm0CgxL7Uc&e= ). Search on posting number 0616990 and submit a "Candidate Profile" that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three references. 

Candidates at the assistant professor rank should have three letters of reference sent to Bonnie Bragg (bb6a@virginia.edu). 

Questions regarding the application process in JOBS@UVa should be directed to Bonnie Bragg at bb6a@virginia.edu. The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

 
Natalie Masuoka
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Asian American Studies program
Tufts University, Packard Hall
Medford, MA 02155

The Politics of Belonging: Race, Public Opinion and Immigration
University of Chicago Press, 2013
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo16095740.html

31Jul 2015

Job Opening: American Politics (University of California, Riverside)

The Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of American Politics. We seek a scholar with an active research agenda focused on U.S. political institutions, in particular the functioning of democratic governance and the policy making process. The successful candidate should be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and have a record or promise of research publication. Ph.D. is. preferred; candidates who are ABD at the time of application will be considered. Appointment level and salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The appointment will commence onJuly 1, 2016. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

 

Deadline is October 21.

Application materials should be submitted tohttps://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/jpf00371. Hard copy applications may be submitted to the Department of Political Science, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521. Electronic application and submission of materials is strongly preferred.

 

31Jul 2015

Job Opening: Assistant Professor in American or Comparative Politics with a desired specialization in race and ethnicity politics

University of North Texas, Department of Political Science

 

Position

The Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2016 in American Politics or Comparative Politics, with a desired specialization in the field of race and ethnicity politics.  Specifically, we envision hiring a scholar who studies such topics as racial and ethnic politics, immigration, refugees, and/or ethnic conflicts from either an American or comparative perspective.  

 

Qualifications

All applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) A Ph.D. in Political Science (highly qualified ABD candidates will be considered), (2) evidence that demonstrates a potential for excellence in research, teaching, and service will be required of the selected candidate.  Preference will be given to candidates with strong methods skills and who are likely to publish in top-tier journals, seek external funding, and who show a willingness to work with other faculty and graduate students.

 

Job Description

 

The faculty member will be expected to teach upper-level undergraduate courses, and graduate courses in race and ethnic politics that will contribute to the UNT program in Latino/a and Mexican-American Studies program, and will contribute to university-wide efforts to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Additionally, the faculty member will be expected to teach core undergraduate American politics courses (as is required of all faculty irrespective of subfield). The faculty member will continue a record of robust scholarly research, direct graduate research, and provide service to the department, college, and university. The typical teaching load is 2/2.

 

The Department

The Department of Political Science at UNT is a highly productive department with 24 faculty members who are committed to excellence in both teaching and research.  It offers BA, MA/MS, and PhD degrees. Faculty in the department edit the American Political Science Review, and have previously edited International Studies Quarterly and Journal of Political Science Education. The department is also home to the Castleberry Peace Institute.  The Department’s web site can be found at: http://politicalscience.unt.edu.

 

The University

With 36,000 students, UNT is the nation's 26th largest public university. As the largest, most comprehensive university in Dallas-Fort Worth, UNT drives the North Texas region. UNT offers 97 bachelor's, 82 master's, and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT’s ultimate mission is to give a “green light to greatness” by helping its students, region, state, and nation excel. UNT is a public research university deeply committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world.

 

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a narrative describing scholarly research, (4) a writing sample, (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., peer reviews, evaluations), (6) a copy of transcripts, and (7) the names and contact information of five references via UNT’s Faculty Jobs portal at https://facultyjobs.unt.edu.

 

Direct inquires to Dr. Val Martinez, search committee chair (valmartinez@unt.edu)

 

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins October 2, 2015, and will continue weekly until the search is closed. 

To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and all supporting materials as close as possible to the review date.  UNT is an AA/ADA/EOE.

31Jul 2015

Call for Proposals for Edited volume on Black elected officials roster

UPDATED BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS ROSTER

(Under contract with Joint Center of Political and Economic Studies)

EDITORIAL TEAM

Andra Gillespie, Emory University

Boris E. Ricks, California State University, Northridge

 

DESCRIPTION

The editors seek contributors/researchers to update The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ (JCPES) Roster of Black Elected Officials (BEOs).  Editors are rebuilding a list of over 12,000 Black elected officials for the first time in more than a decade.  The updated roster will include all BEOs serving in the U.S. by November 2016 (an estimate of about 12,000), including federal, state, and all sub-state (county, city, township, village, etc.) officials.  This includes elected county executives, mayors, councilors, sheriffs, commissioners, school board members, water board members, public service commissioners, judges, state legislators, members of  Congress, etc… 

This project historically marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and will contribute to research questions about the contemporary relevance of civil rights and the enduring impact of social justice.  As Black voters were added to the election rolls, their ballots changed the composition of legislatures, city councils, and state/local commissions everywhere.  Full participation, along with spirited civic engagement, has proved to be both transformative and impactful.

SUBMITTING PROPOSALS

The editorial team welcomes proposals from faculty and graduate students wishing to volunteer their personal time or the effort of their research assistants.  Research team members will be responsible for identifying all of the Black elected officials within an assigned geographic area. The editors encourage proposals from scholars who have special regional knowledge.  Proposals can be submitted to Andra Gillespie (Emory University) at angille@emory.edu or Boris E. Ricks (California State University, Northridge) at boris.ricks@csun.edu by August 10, 2015.

SELECTION PROCESS   

Research Team selections will be announced in September 2015.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: American Politics / Methodology (Notre Dame)

The Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the level of assistant professor in the field of American politics, with expertise in quantitative methodology. The ideal candidate will have a strong substantive research agenda in American politics, and will be capable of offering graduate courses in advanced quantitative methods, including our introductory course in mathematics for social scientists (in a teaching portfolio that would also include substantive courses at the undergraduate and graduate level).

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer with strong academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are particularly encouraged to apply.  Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at www.nd.edu. 

The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and partners with their job search.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All applicants should include a CV, letter of interest, writing samples, teaching evaluations, and three letters of recommendation.

All files should be received by October 1 to receive full consideration. Apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/30637.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: Latino Politics (Notre Dame)

The Department of Political Science and the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with interests in Latino politics.  The area of focus can be institutions, behavior, or policy and the methodological approach can be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed.  We are especially interested in scholars whose work places Latinos in comparative context with other ethnic/racial groups, addresses issues of intersectionality by gender, social class, generation, or immigration status, and those whose work focuses on social movements or transnational politics. 

 The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer with strong academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are particularly encouraged to apply.  Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at www.nd.edu.

 The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and partners with their job search.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All applicants should include a CV, letter of interest, writing samples, teaching evaluations and three letters of recommendation.

All files should be received by October 1 to receive full consideration. Apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/30635.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: International Political Economy (Notre Dame)

The Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the level of assistant professor in the field of international relations, with a specialty in international political economy. Candidates must show promise of excellence in research and in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic research university, is an equal opportunity employer with strong academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity.  Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are particularly encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at www.nd.edu.

The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and partners with their job search.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

All applicants should include a CV, letter of interest, writing samples, teaching evaluations, and three signed letters of recommendation.

All files should be received by September 15 to receive full consideration. Apply here: http://apply.interfolio.com/30631

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: International Relations / Comparative Politics (Utah State University)

The Department of Political Science at Utah State University invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor of International Relations/Comparative Politics beginning August 2016. We seek to fill two positions in International Relations.
 
The position is available beginning August 10, 2016. Application review will begin October 2, 2015and will continue until the positions are filled.
 
The Political Science Department at USU is housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department serves approximately 350-400 Political Science, Law and Constitutional Studies, and International Studies undergraduate majors and minors and a current group of approximately 20 graduate students.  Additionally, the department provides service courses or general education to students throughout the broader university community.
 
Utah State University is a land-grant university founded in 1888. The university is a Carnegie Doctoral Extensive research institution with approximately 23,000 students (19,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students) from all 50 states and 80 foreign countries. The USU campus is located in Logan, Utah. Logan is located in a picturesque mountain valley with a population of over 100,000, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and mountains in the area make it one of the finest outdoor recreation environments in the nation. Visit http://www.usu.edu for more information about the University, College, and Department.
 
Responsibilities
 
The successful candidates will conduct research and teach courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Research and teaching specializations in one of the following regions is strongly desired: Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East. Applicants with specialization in international security and/or development are especially welcome. Teaching responsibilities will include master’s and upper and lower division undergraduate courses in their areas of specialization as well as teaching Undergraduate Research Methods. Responsibilities will include a primary role in research along with strong undergraduate and graduate teaching, and service. Performance will be consistent with a faculty role in a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University.
 
Minimum Qualifications.
 
Candidates must demonstrate evidence of a strong research profile in International Relations/Comparative Politics. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Political Science or a comparable field of study as of employment date, and demonstrated accomplishment and/or clear potential for success in research as well as undergraduate and graduate teaching in these specialties. They must also generate a satisfactory outcome on a background check.
 
Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to those with a strong research trajectory and demonstrated interest in teaching courses of need to the department.
 
Instructions to Applicants
 
Application is through the following website:
 
Along with the online application, please attach:
1) a cover letter; 
2) curriculum vitae; 
3) The names and email addresses of three references (your references will be sent an email from USU  asking them to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf). 
4) a professional writing sample, e.g. article or manuscript (.pdf, .doc, or .docx format); 
5) a statement of teaching philosophy and, if available, evidence of teaching performance.
6) recent transcripts.
 

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: US Political Behavior and Research Methods (Virginia Tech)

US Political Behavior and Research Methods

Department of Political Science 

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in U.S. Political Behavior and Research Methods with strengths in Race & Ethnicity, Political Psychology or Political Communication; additional specialization in Public Opinion is also of interest. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year. This position will begin August 10, 2016. 

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2016. Candidates must have a clear specialization in one of the central areas of U.S. Political Behavior and demonstrate a strong grounding in Research Methodologies, including facility in quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Additionally, successful candidates will have documented effectiveness in both undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as program development to meet the department’s key needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs. 

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates who have grounding and skills in a variety of theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches to U.S. politics, and who can work with undergraduate and graduate students (at the master’s and doctoral levels) in political science and international studies along with non-majors in core curricular courses. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level is strongly preferred. 

Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting, TR0150068, where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing sample, teaching evaluations, along with the recent letters of support from three to five academic references. Screening of applications will begin October 25, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to: Dr. Karen Hult <khult@vt.edu>, U.S. Political Behavior and Research Methods Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Major Williams Hall, Room 531 (0130), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair. 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

28Jul 2015

Job Opening: electronic governance and cybersecurity (Virginia Tech)

Public Policy: Electronic Governance and Cybersecurity

Department of Political Science 

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

 

The Department of Political Science invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of  Assistant Professor of Public Policy (U.S. or comparative) with primary strengths in Electronic  Governance and Cybersecurity. Additional specialization in big data analytics is also of interest.  The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year. This position will begin August 10, 2016. 

Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in political science or a closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2016. Candidates must have a clear specialization in a public policy analysis or evaluation in electronic governance and cybersecurity, including facility in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. Successful candidates will have demonstrated effectiveness in both undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as program development to meet the department’s needs in its B.A. and M.A. programs. 

Desired qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have theoretical grounding and skills to use a variety of theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches to electronic governance, information technology policy, cybersecurity, cyberinfrastructure protection, and/or politics and policy for networked environments. Candidates must be able to work with undergraduate and graduate students (at the masters and doctoral levels) in political science and international studies along with non-majors in core curricular and elective courses. 

Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting, TR0150070, where they will submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, recent writing sample, teaching evaluations, along with the recent letters of support from three to five academic references. Screening of applications will begin September 25, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. 

All inquiries can be sent to: Yannis Stivachtis <ystivach@vt.edu>, Public Policy: Electronic Governance and Cybersecurity Search Committee, Department of Political Science, Major Williams Hall, Room 531 (0130), 220 Stanger St., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. 

Individuals with additional questions or with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the search committee chair. For further information on thedepartment, see www.psci.vt.edu 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

24Jul 2015

Job Opening: American Institutions, Emory University

The Department of Political Science at Emory University seeks to hire a scholar with expertise in American Institutions, to begin in the fall semester 2016. The position is tenure track at the level of Assistant Professor, though in extraordinary circumstances a senior appointment may be considered. We welcome a range of methods and perspectives. The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in both research and teaching.  The candidate should have completed the Ph.D. or be very close to completing the Ph.D. by fall 2016.  The teaching load is four courses per year and benefits are competitive.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by September 7, 2015.  The Department of Political Science, Emory College, and Emory University are all strongly committed to recruiting female and minority candidates.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  Application materials, including a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, teaching portfolio, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample should be sent electronically to polisci.american@emory.edu.  Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer.  Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

23Jul 2015

Job opening: Political Theory and Constitutional Law Job @ College of Wooster

The Department of Political Science at The College of Wooster seeks to fill a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in the fall of 2016. We are looking for a broadly trained specialist in Political Theory and Constitutional Law to teach introductory and advanced courses in the Political Science Department, and to supervise independent research projects as part of the College’s Independent Study requirement. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to teach courses and advise research projects in contemporary and modern Western political theory. The candidate also will teach a course in political theory methods and approaches, as well as advanced Constitutional Law classes. In addition, they should have demonstrated experience and preparation to take on coaching and advising duties for Wooster’s nationally competitive Moot Court program.

We prefer candidates who will have completed the Ph.D. in Political Science by the time of appointment and who have had previous independent teaching experience. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of effective teaching (including syllabi and student evaluations), graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation at: http://apply.interfolio.com/30411. Applications received by October 15, 2015, will receive full consideration.  Please contact Angie Bos (abos@wooster.edu), the Chair of the Department of Political Science and search chair, with any questions.

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political affiliation. The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The College of Wooster is a drug-free workplace.

23Jul 2015

"Climate Terrorism" by Profs. Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle

We are pleased to announce the publication of Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change, authored by RC 15 Board Member Professor Sanjay Chaturvedi and Professor Timothy Doyle. Please consider requesting a copy for your library!

9780230249615.jpgClimate Terror investigates the highly differentiated geographical politics of global warming. It explores how fear-inducing climate change discourses could result in new forms of dependencies, domination and militarized 'climate security'. In this revealing study from Chaturvedi and Doyle, the concept of environmental security is brought to life through cases of the most pressing environmental issues confronting the Global South, which are creating desperate realities for billions of people. The book proposes the following key questions, crucial to our understanding of this issue: Can the climate discourse be re-configured to provide a place where issues of environmental justice and sovereignty are paramount, rather than neo-liberal responses to climate? Can climate change give a voice to the global periphery, and can it be used as a vehicle for emancipation? 

Chaturvedi and Doyle's study concludes by taking note of the more optimistic response of 'emancipatory' groups and networks to concepts such as climate justice and climate debt, and the ways in which these groups have attempted to use this global climate moment for more democratic purposes. Is the climate story, regardless of its diverse intentions, a discourse now captured by the affluent North to control the development of the Global South? Has the emancipatory moment now passed or is there still hope for the re-emergence of subaltern perspectives on climate futures? The authors further discuss the deployment of terror vocabulary to address climate change, which is a part of refurbished designs and technologies of control, regulation and domination in a neo-liberal, post-political, globalized world marked by profound asymmetries in terms of economic growth and human development. They argue for an increased understanding of the environment, not as an external enemy force, but as a diverse nature that is inclusive of people, a nature that has the potential to provide secure access to citizens of all countries to basic nutrition, adequate access to health, appropriate shelter, and a security to practice a diverse range of livelihoods.

Professor Timothy Doyle is Chair of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia; Distinguished Research Fellow of Indian Ocean Futures at Curtin University, Western Australia; and Chair of Politics and International Relations at Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. He is Co-Director of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre at Adelaide (IPGRC) and Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) in Perth and Chandigarh. 

Sanjay Chaturvedi is Professor of Political Science at Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University, India. He is also the Honorary Director of Centre for the Study of Mid-West and Central Asia, Panjab University, and Founding Vice-Chairman of Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG). He has been a Third Cohort Fellow of India-China Institute, The New School, New York.

23Jul 2015

CFP The State of Nationalism The International Review of the Study of Nationalism

Call for Papers | The State of Nationalism

The International Review of the Study of Nationalism

 

Submissions are now being sought for an exciting new resource for the study of nationalism: The State of Nationalism (SoN).

 

Overview: SoN is a comprehensive, online and open-source guide for the study of nationalism. The guide consists of two key elements: critical reviews of key themes in the study of nationalism and a linked annotated bibliography of sources. This combination makes SoN an invaluable tool for researchers and students in the field. To encourage comparative and theoretically relevant research, the review articles and bibliographies explicitly focus on concepts rather than particular national movements.

 

More information on SoN and its objectives can be found here:www.stateofnationalism.eu

 

Contribution Instructions: We encourage contributions from both early career and established researchers.

 

Review essays should be approximately 2,000 words, and should critically describe developments in the literature and indicate whether there are key points of contention and/or differing perspectives, approaches and methods. Annotations for the article’s sources should also be concise.

 

The articles are published in two venues: the online portal for the State of Nationalism, where they will be linked to the other articles and held in a searchable database; and, as a stand-alone article in the scholarly journal Studies on National Movements. All submissions undergo a rigorous double-blind review process prior to publication.

 

More information: For detailed instructions on how you can contribute to SoN, please see: www.stateofnationalism.eu/how-to-contribute/

 

To submit an article, or if you have any questions, please contact the co-editors Eric Taylor Woods (e.t.woods@uel.ac.uk) and Robert Schertzer (robert.schertzer@utoronto.ca) 

 

 

SoN is jointly supported by two institutes: the research network, National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the University of East London (UEL). SoN also benefits from partnerships with the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) and the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN). Leading experts provide scholarly support through the Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee

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