Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Political Theory at UW – Madison

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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 23, 2021 to May 22, 2022.

Eligible applicants must complete all requirements for a Ph.D. by May 31, 2021, and no earlier than August 15, 2018. The fellow will receive a stipend of $48,000 per year as well as research funds and benefits. The fellow will have an opportunity to teach at least one course per semester in the Department of Political Science, will assist with the CSLD’s programming, and will take an active part in the workshops, conferences, and intellectual life of the Center and the political theory field. The appointment will begin in August 2021, and can be extended for the 2022–23 academic year.


Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. The significance of proposed research;
  2. the quality of the applicant’s past research;
  3. the contribution the applicant is likely to make to higher education in the future;
  4. and the contribution the applicant is likely to make to intellectual life of the Center.

Application Instructions

Complete applications will include:

  1. A cover letter outlining a research agenda for the next two years;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. one writing sample (10,000 word maximum);
  4. two sample syllabi;
  5. and three letters of recommendation (may be sent separately, if necessary).

Please submit all applications materials as a single PDF file to Address any inquiries to:

Richard Avramenko, Director
Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy
Web address:

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The application deadline is January 15, 2021, for appointments beginning in August 2021. Awards will be announced no later than February 2021.



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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