The SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University is searching for qualified candidates for a Dialogue & Debate Director to lead a new university debate initiative. The director will lead and design the new initiative to promote the virtues of debate across different perspectives at Johns Hopkins University, and will support the institute’s other efforts to strengthen global democracy through informed, inclusive dialogue.
SNF Agora Institute Open Rank Political Economy Faculty Position
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University is conducting an open-rank search for faculty in any discipline (with a particular focus on economics) who focus on questions of political economy, with particular attention to scholars whose work focuses on the economic forces shaping, interacting with (including resulting from), making possible, or challenging the realization of pluralistic democracy in global contexts and the U.S. We are particularly interested in scholars who do work related to climate change.
The position requires someone with a strong background in political science, civic studies, sociology, or any of other fields related to collective action, democracy studies, and pluralism. Applicants should have a PhD (or expect to complete theirs by Spring 2022) in a relevant social science field from an accredited institution and a record of being an outstanding scholar. Postdoctoral Fellows will be exempt from teaching and service duties and will devote their full-time effort to working on research. The expectation is that the fellow’s time will be divided between working on the research project described below and building out their own research.
Research: The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be involved and lead parts of the collaboration between the SNF Agora Institute and More in Common. The aim of this research is to develop a multidisciplinary paradigm for understanding how collective settings influence people’s ability to come together across lines of difference to solve public problems; in other words, people’s ability to engage in the core work of a functioning democracy. By collective settings (or contexts) we mean the myriad places (physical, digital, and organizations/groups) where people gather to engage in public action. Prior research has shown that such settings can be carriers of authoritarianism or democracy, and so we hope to articulate a framework for how to build effective, self-governing democratic settings that can be used by practitioners.
The postdoctoral fellow’s responsibilities will include working with leading academics, public thinkers, and researchers to scope the project; conducting a research scan of existing work and synthesizing the notes and insights to identify a suite of case studies (or other empirical data) to help develop the framework; developing two or three case studies (or gathering relevant data); and then leading the team in producing a summative publication that synthesizes the entire arc of work.
Johns Hopkins is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The university is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the university’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.