Job Opportunity: Kinder Post-Doc in American Political Thought

Call for Applications

Kinder Postdoctoral Fellow in American Political Thought & Constitutionalism

The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri is currently accepting applications for a 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow in American Political Thought and Constitutionalism, with the possibility of renewal for the 2019-20 academic year. Founded in 2014, the Kinder Institute is an interdisciplinary signature academic center at MU dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement on the subject of American political thought, history, and institutions, with a particular emphasis on the ideas and events of the American Founding and their continued global impact and relevance today.

A Ph.D. in Political Science or Government is required by the time the fellowship begins in August 2018. Candidates’ work should align broadly with the Kinder Institute’s scholarly mission, and we are especially interested in applicants whose research focuses on American constitutional and political development and/or American political thought.

The Fellowship is a 1.0 FTE position that comes with a competitive salary, university benefits, an office at the Kinder Institute, and E&E funds for conference travel, research, and other professional expenses. Postdoctoral Fellows teach one class per semester, and are expected to be in residence at the university for the duration of the academic year and to be active participants in intellectual life at the Institute. A more detailed job description can be found at

To apply, please submit the following materials: a letter of interest, research proposal of no more than 10 pages, curriculum vitae, two emblematic examples of written scholarship, and sample syllabi for two courses that you would be interested in teaching or developing. In addition, applicants should supply three letters of reference, sealed or under separate cover, or emailed directly by the referee. All materials should be sent to Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane, electronically at, using “Kinder Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line, or by post to: Thomas Kane, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, 409A Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO, 65211. Specific queries about the position should be directed to Kinder Institute Director and Professor of Political Science Justin Dyer (

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To request ADA accommodations, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator Amber Cheek ( or 573.884.7278).