Arizona State University — Assistant Professor, Global Democracy and Social Justice

The School of Politics and Global Studies (SPGS) at Arizona State University (Tempe) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of Global Democracy and Social Justice.

The social sciences are now, more than ever, well-positioned to address some of the most pressing problems facing the globe today, and at the same time are being reshaped by global and transnational processes. This position is designed to build on the strengths of SPGS by advancing research and instruction at the frontier of the nexus of Global Democracy and Social Justice. We are interested in scholars throughout the social sciences and related fields who study how global, transnational, or international processes shape and/or are shaped by democratic principles and the pursuit of justice. The position is open with respect to disciplinary expertise, theoretical orientation, methodological approach, and focused issue/problem area within Global Democracy and Social Justice, including but not limited to environment, human rights, migration, inequalities (economic, social, cultural, gender), borders, media, and trends in democratization or in crises in democracy.

Scholarly expertise is illustrated by but not limited to the following research that address democratic principles and the pursuit of justice.

  • Scholarship that conceptualizes or reconceptualizes through a global lens processes of – and challenges to – democracy, the pursuit of justice, and citizenship.
  • Research that examines global governance structures (international courts, international organizations, global civil society): how they identify global problems and promulgate programmatic solutions, and how these diffuse throughout the world.
  • Research that examines how groups and social movements mobilize to influence global governance structures and programs.
  • Research that examines how democratic principles and pursuit of justice at different scales (local, domestic, cross-national, transnational) are interrelated.
  • Research that analyzes how the interrelation of global, cross-national, and domestic factors shape trends in changing democratic forms and crises.

The expectations of this position include teaching courses at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels as appropriate; supervising and mentoring honors, masters and doctoral students; developing an active research agenda with publications in top-tier academic journals; contribute to the synergy of SPGS especially the Global Studies and/or Theory components of the school and thematic research working groups; participation in professional, university, and school service.

The School of Politics and Global Studies values interdisciplinary scholarship. Our faculty represents a wide range of disciplines (political science, sociology, anthropology, and economics) and interdisciplinary working groups. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to affiliate and collaborate with other schools and centers at Arizona State University. Learn more about The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at and SPGS at

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.


Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a social science field, or in a related field with a record of working in social science contexts, by the time of appointment; demonstrate excellence in research in Global Democracy and Social Justice commensurate with appointment at the level of assistant professor; research that engages how global, transnational, or international processes shape and/or are shaped by democratic principles and the pursuit of justice; demonstrate potential for publishing in top internationally recognized scholarly journals and/or top university presses and potential to establish a strong, externally-funded research program; demonstrate potential in and commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, including the ability to contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses offerings in support of SPGS’s degree programs.

Desired qualifications:
Candidates demonstrate commitment to meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities; have a research and teaching focus that advances the Global Studies and/or Theory components of SPGS; demonstrate potential for and commitment to adding synergy to thematic research working groups and to advancing the interdisciplinary and social embeddedness mission of SPGS and ASU (

This is an in-person, academic year, benefits-eligible appointment. The anticipated start date is August 8, 2022.

The application deadline is November 6, 2021; if not filled, then every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A complete application must include the following: a letter of application stating qualifications; experience, research plans, and teaching interests; a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence; a complete curriculum vita; a writing sample, and contact information for three references.

All application materials must be received by the deadline and submitted electronically through Interfolio at . (We will not accept any mailed applicant material, including reference letters; this is an online, paperless search.)

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
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