The Department of Government and Law at Lafayette College invites applications for a tenure-track position in comparative politics/international relations at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2023. The Department seeks candidates with regional specialization in African politics and topical specialization in one or more of the following: political economy and development; ethnic conflict, transitional justice, and post-conflict processes; migration, immigration, and diaspora studies; and/or post-colonial studies and state building. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in political science (or closely related field) or demonstrate that the Ph.D. is near completion. The successful candidate will teach Introduction to Comparative Politics, as well as intermediate and advanced courses in their areas of expertise.  The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute 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 (normally, two each semester) during the first year and five courses each 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 arrange to send three letters of recommendation. In the letter of intent, applicants should address the ways in which their teaching, scholarship, and/or community engagement will advance 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 26, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor Il Hyun Cho (

Located within 70 miles of New York City and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and engineering institution with significant resources to support faculty members in their teaching and scholarship. Lafayette is deeply 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 in the responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All Lafayette operations reflect the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.