Northwestern University — Assistant Professor, Environmental Politics in the United States


The Department of Political Science and the Program in Environmental Policy and Culture at Northwestern University invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy and Culture with a focus on U.S. environmental politics and policy. We are particularly interested in scholars specializing in the environmental justice dynamics of U.S. environmental politics and who can contribute to advancing interdisciplinary research that explores the disproportionate effects that environmental change and its solutions have on underrepresented communities. The ideal candidate would have methodological expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to federal, state, and local politics, as well as research interests in climate equity, environmental racism, Indigenous rights, political activism, migration, or other related areas. While the search is particularly interested in a candidate who contributes to expanding our expertise in U.S. environmental politics, we are open to candidates in all subfields who study U.S. Environmental Politics in broader contexts across the Americas or globally.

Successful candidates will join a university with a broad, interdisciplinary community of scholars affiliated with programs such as the Center for Diversity and Democracy (CSDD), the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), the Global Poverty Research Lab, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), the Environmental Humanities workshop, and the newly established graduate Environment Cluster whose research and pedagogy engages themes related to environmental justice and policy. In addition, successful candidates will teach a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as participate in departmental and program activities and service. Expected start date is Fall 2023.

Candidates should submit a letter of application (cover letter) that describes their research and teaching interests and experiences, and that includes a brief statement addressing how they foster an equitable and inclusive learning and research environment; CV; writing sample; and names and contact information for three references. Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission using Northwestern University’s Faculty Recruiting Portal. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required, however ABD applicants who anticipate completion of the doctorate by Fall 2023 will be considered. Consideration of files will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All applications received by November 18th are guaranteed full consideration. To apply please visit this web page:

For inquiries about job advertisements or the application process, please contact Stephen Monteiro, Business Administrator in the Political Science Department.

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