Ohio State University, The Department of Political Science

Position ID:OSU-The Department of Political Science-REP [#22326]
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Political Science / American Politics, Race and Ethnic Politics
Appl Deadline:2022/09/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/12, finished 2023/03/18)
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Department: Political Science

Position: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics

Rank: Assistant Professor


The Department of Political Science invites applications in the area of Race and Ethnicity in American Politics for a faculty position in the Advancing Racial and Criminal Justice Through Collaborative Science Hiring Cluster at The Ohio State University. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research is at the intersections of the study of race and ethnicity, law and criminal justice, or public policy. We invite scholars studying police-citizen encounters and law enforcement policies and practices more generally, prosecutorial and judicial decision making, racial and ethnic disparities in jails, prisons, and community correction facilities, and concentrated disadvantage, segregation, and the reentry of formerly rated individuals. We are also interested in scholars addressing how the observed racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system might be reduced through legal reform, more inclusive, equitable and effective public policy, organizational change, and innovative community initiatives.

We seek candidates who are well-grounded in theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of race, ethnicity, and the criminal justice system, including their intersections and related inequalities in modern society. We welcome scholars employing a variety of methodological approaches including but not limited to the analysis of large-N data, ethnography, experiments, interpretive and critical research methods, machine learning, and simulations.

The scholars will be part of a multi-disciplinary cluster hire focused on advancing racial and criminal justice through collaborative science. In addition to Political Science, the open rank tenured and tenure-track positions are available in the departments of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, Moritz College of Law, and John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The cluster is supported by Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability, Translational Data Analytics Institute, Drug Enforcement Policy Center, and the Criminal Justice Research Center. Ohio State has an abundance of ties with local and state criminal justice agencies. Thus, there will be many opportunities, collaborations, and mentoring support available through these institutes, centers, and agencies.

Through the Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) initiative, Ohio State is enhancing our world-class research program on race, inclusion, and social equity. Over the next decade, the university will add at least 50 tenure-track faculty members to existing scholars whose research can help to narrow social disparities in educational attainment, health outcomes, rates of incarceration, political representation, environmental impacts, and economic well-being. Adding scholars in focused areas will enhance the University’s outstanding faculty and inform solutions to intractable issues. RAISE is part of Ohio State’s larger initiative to expand the size and impact of Ohio State’s faculty over the coming decade, while also enhancing academic and personal resources to support Ohio State scholars, educators, and practitioners through all phases of their careers.


Candidates should demonstrate a record of publications and provide evidence of accomplishments in teaching and mentorship. Responsibilities of the position include maintaining a robust research program, including actively seeking external funding, contributing to graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and engaged service to the university and the profession. The position will begin in the fall of 2023. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. Applicants must have completed all doctoral degree requirements by the time of their appointment. Appointment is contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment towards social equity, diversity, and inclusion. For more information, contact Professor Janet Box-Steffensmeier at box-steffensemeier.1@osu.edu.

Application Instructions:

The review of applications will begin on September 15th. Applications will be evaluated as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, diversity statement, job market paper, up to three other papers or chapters, an unofficial graduate transcript, and three professional letters of reference to Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22326. The diversity statement should articulate your demonstrated commitments and capacities to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this, The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University and throughout their transition.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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Department of Political Science
Ohio State University
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154 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210