Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor in Political Science- Comparative Politics in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00142 - Political Science Department

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2024


The Department of Political Science at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Comparative Politics at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2024. We are interested in candidates whose research makes novel theoretical contributions to such areas as the state, political economy and political development, democratic or authoritarian regimes, domestic conflict and violence, social movements and protests, and/or the environment in one or more regions of the world . We have special interest in candidates with regional expertise in Europe or Asia (especially China), as well as the Middle East and North Africa or Africa. The successful candidate will have expertise in field research and data collection, with a preference for candidates with substantial training in qualitative and/or quantitative methods and a record of research productivity, strong grant potential, and a willingness to contribute to interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Applications should be submitted by September 10, 2023 to receive full consideration. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a writing sample and three letters of recommendation. As part of the cover letter or teaching statement we invite you to describe how your work and other experience contribute to the success of underrepresented students. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Please email all inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Hakan Yavuz at:

The University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education, is a member of the AAU (Association of American Universities), and has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as among those research universities with the “highest research activity.” The University provides numerous opportunities for internal research funding and offers a generous benefits and retirement package: .

The University is located in Salt Lake City, the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 1.26 million residents. Salt Lake City is home to sizable Latinx and immigrant populations (21.5% and 15% of residents, respectively). The city’s proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, world-class ski resorts, and national parks makes it an ideal location for outdoor recreation. SLC has extensive arts and cultural activities. The area has received international recognition for its light rail system, foodie culture, Sundance Film Festival, its vibrant downtown, and increasing ethnic diversity.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:

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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 08/07/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01060CF

Type Faculty