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Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor, Comparative Politics or International Relations

The Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Comparative Politics or International Relations to begin in Fall 2018. The substantive specialization is open to any research area of broad interest. We seek candidates with rigorous research agendas who have published in or demonstrate the promise of publishing in leading Political Science, Comparative Politics, and/or International Relations outlets. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to teach substantive courses in their field as well as courses in the department’s undergraduate and graduate methods sequence.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three writing samples at least one of which should be an unpublished (working) paper, graduate transcript, and contact information for three letters of reference. All applicants must fill out an online application at USC Jobs: The committee will begin reviewing files as early as December 1, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit complete applications by January 5, 2018. This position requires a PhD in Political Science or a closely related field to be awarded no later than August 2018.

The University of South Carolina-Columbia is classified as R1: Doctoral Universities—Highest research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status, or genetics. Please contact the search committee chair, Timothy Peterson (, with any questions. Information regarding the Department of Political Science can be found at the department’s website: