Post Doctoral Fellow


The Center for American Institutions (CAI) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholars and teaching fellows in political history, and/or political institutions to begin Fall 2024. Preference will be given to candidates whose doctoral degree is in history, political science, philosophy, religious studies or related fields. The position is for a full-time, benefits-eligible, fiscal-year (July 1-June 30) appointment. Renewal is possible on an annual basis contingent on satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and needs of the program. Opportunities for teaching will be dependent on the academic unit of the candidate’s disciplinary field.

Successful candidates will be involved with the undergraduate program in Political History and Leadership (PHL). The teaching/research fellow will be mentored by Donald Critchlow, lead in PHL. A successful candidate will be expected to teach a minimum 1-1 annual teaching load and contribute a minimum of 20 hours per week to activities of the center; curricular development for the Political History and Leadership program and educational projects sponsored by the program and the center; and research and publication in the field of specialty.

CAI is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce. We seek candidates whose research, teaching and/or service contributes to the ASU Charter, to our mission of inclusive excellence in the humanities, and to serving a diverse student body and community.


Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in History, political science, philosophy, religious studies or related field at time of appointment. 
  • Candidates must be within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance the principles of the ASU Charter.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of achievement and promise in research and writing in Intellectual history and social thought broadly defined. 
  • Demonstrated ability to teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses relevant to political/social thought; political institutions; or political history.  

Application Instructions

To apply and to be guaranteed full consideration, submit the following application materials: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter explaining qualifications, accomplishments in research and teaching, and future plans in research and teaching. The application deadline is January 15, 2024. If the position is not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. Questions about the position should be directed to  

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