University of Wisconsin – Madison: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Political Theory
The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy (CSLD) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in political theory for the academic year running from August 22, 2022 through August 20, 2023.
Housed in the Department of Political Science, the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy, including constitutionalism and rule of law; the meaning and scope of freedom and free markets in a democratic order; the place and role of religion in liberal democracies; the relationship between liberty and equality; the balances among security, liberty, and privacy in a dangerous world; the role of the military in a free society; education and the state; and competition between liberal democracy and competing ideologies, including various forms of autocracy and new political religions.
Eligible applicants must complete all requirements by the date of application, and no earlier than August 15, 2019. The fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 per year as well as research funds and benefits. In addition to pursuing their personal research agenda, the fellow will have opportunities to take part in a variety of professional development activities, including teaching. The fellow will also engage with the CSLD’s programming, participating actively in the workshops, conferences, and intellectual life of the Center and the political theory field. The appointment will begin in August 2022, and may be extended for the 2023–24 academic year.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:
- The significance of the proposed research;
- the quality of the applicant’s past research;
- the contribution the applicant is likely to make to higher education in the future;
- and the contribution the applicant is likely to make to the various Center initiatives.
Complete applications will include:
- A cover letter outlining a research agenda for the next two years;
- a curriculum vitae;
- one writing sample (10,000 word maximum);
- two sample syllabi;
- and three letters of recommendation (may be sent separately, if necessary).
Please submit all applications materials as a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Address any inquiries to:
The application deadline is January 14, 2022, for appointments beginning in August 2022.
The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at University of Wisconsin – Madison seeks to promote appreciation and critical understanding of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy while advancing intellectual diversity. These principles and institutions include constitutionalism and rule of law, the meaning and scope of freedom and free markets in a democratic order, the place and role of religion in liberal democracies, and competition between liberal democracy and competing ideologies, including various forms of autocracy and new political religions.
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