The Department of Government and Law at Lafayette College invites applications for a tenure-track position in American Politics at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2022. The Department seeks candidates with research and teaching expertise in race and ethnic politics in the U.S. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in political science (or closely-related field) or demonstrate the Ph.D. is near completion. A candidate hired at the ABD level would hold the rank of Instructor. The successful candidate will teach Introduction to U.S. Politics, as well as intermediate and advanced courses in race, ethnicity, and minority politics. The successful candidate will also be expected to make a contribution to the College’s interdisciplinary programs and maintain an active research agenda. The department especially welcomes applications from candidates who will contribute to Lafayette’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The teaching load is four courses in the first year and five courses a year thereafter.

Applications should include a letter of intent that contains a statement of teaching philosophy and scholarly interests, curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly work, graduate school transcript, evidence of teaching ability (including, if available, syllabi and teaching evaluations), and three letters of recommendation. In the letter of intent, applicants should address the ways in which their teaching, scholarship, and/or community engagement will support Lafayette College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the college’s diversity statement (

Please upload application material electronically through Interfolio at Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Helena Silverstein, Department Head, at

Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community, one that is inclusive and responsive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Located within 70 miles of New York and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate institution with significant resources to support faculty members in their teaching and scholarship.