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Assistant Professor: Politics of East Asia

The Political Science Department at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in East Asian Politics at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin Fall 2024. Applicants should demonstrate a well-developed research agenda, a promise of sustained scholarship, and a record of effective teaching. 

The department seeks a scholar with research and teaching expertise in the politics of East Asia, broadly understood to encompass Northeast and Southeast Asia. We are open to applications from scholars in both comparative politics and international relations whose research is focused on one or more countries in the region. The successful candidate's research may focus on any of a range of substantive topics – including but not limited to, democratization, political economy, state-society relations, and foreign policy –  and should demonstrate a capacity to engage with normative issues underlying critical debates in the field. The candidate would be expected to work closely with the program on International Security and Conflict Resolution and the Center for Asian & Pacific Studies. The department is open to a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The Political Science Department at San Diego State is dedicated to the ideal of the engaged teacher-scholar. It has over 600 undergraduate majors and provides course offerings for students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. At the graduate level, the department maintains an M.A. program of high quality. The members of the faculty share a strong commitment to collegiality, active participation in the governing of the department, innovative scholarship, methodological pluralism, rigorous teaching, and robust intellectual and normative engagement. Candidates are encouraged to consult the department website.

Applicants must apply via Interfolio at A completed file includes a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, complete teaching evaluations (quantitative evaluations and complete sets of qualitative evaluations of recent courses), sample syllabi, academic writing samples, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration, submit all materials by September 21st, 2023. Screening of applications will begin then. Applicants who will have completed the Ph.D. by the start of the term of appointment will be given priority. Those without a Ph.D. in-hand should include in their letter of interest a statement of progress on the dissertation and reasons to expect completion in a timely fashion.

Further inquiries should be addressed to Farid Abdel-Nour, Chair of the Department of Political Science, at [email protected].

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