Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position In Comparative Politics

San Francisco State University’s Department of Political Science invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in comparative politics beginning August 2019. The department seeks a colleague whose teaching and research interests focus on comparative judicial politics/law and society. Regional emphasis is open, but we are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the politics of Central or South America, Africa, or South or South-East Asia. We seek qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The Department of Political Science at SF State was founded in the mid 1960s during a period of intense political activism, and it carries on this legacy through rigorous and interdisciplinary research and engaged pedagogy. Our students reflect the racial, ethnic, and class diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area and bring their experiences, insights, and knowledge to the classroom. We teach B.A. and M.A. courses in American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and public law, plus required courses in research methods. Our program is particularly strong in comparative/non-Western political theory, with a regional focus on Latin America, the Caribbean and China; in the politics and electoral behavior of traditionally under-represented groups, especially Latino/Latina communities; and in contentious politics and social movements. Our public law program is vigorous and growing; around a quarter of our students plan to go to law school, and we have a young but highly competitive Moot Court team along with much-valued judicial internships and an array of Americanist public law courses.

Responsibilities: The position requires teaching undergraduate courses in comparative judicial politics and the politics of the candidate’s regional expertise, along with introductory and graduate courses on comparative politics. In addition, the position requires mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, developing an active ongoing program of scholarship in your area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.


  • Ph.D. in political science or a closely related field. Ph.D. must be completed by August 1, 2019
  • Ability and experience teaching courses in the areas of comparative politics and judicial politics
  • Expertise in comparative politics and particularly comparative judicial law, politics and society
  • Active record of scholarship related to their specialty area
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities will be considered a plus
  • Ability to demonstrate how they will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their courses and scholarship

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application process: Submit (1) a letter of application, (2) current CV, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, (4) three letters of recommendation, (5) a writing sample, (6) academic transcripts, and (7) your course syllabi and teaching evaluations, if available. If files are submitted separately, then please clearly label each with last name and document title.

Submit materials as email attachments to plsisearch@sfsu.edu by October 1st. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be sent to Jason McDaniel, co-chair of the search committee, at mcdaniel@sfsu.edu

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.