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The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University invites applications for a faculty position in “climate change and social science” to begin in July 2024. We are seeking applicants whose research is solution-oriented, focusing on the transition to a low-carbon economy (mitigation) and/or adapting to unavoidable climate change. Research of interest includes, but is not limited to, topics such as the politics and political economy of decarbonization; climate-induced migration and displacement; environmental justice as it pertains to creating climate solutions; technology policy and climate change; the social, racial, and political aspects of economic transitions away from fossil fuels in the United States or elsewhere in the world; and international trade and finance in an age of climate change.

This faculty position will involve a joint appointment between the Watson Institute and a relevant tenure-granting disciplinary department at Brown. We welcome applicants with doctoral degrees from all relevant disciplines in the social sciences (e.g., Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Anthropology, History, Africana Studies, Public Policy). The Watson Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates at all ranks are welcome. A successful senior candidate must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising. A successful junior candidate must be engaged in a research program with the potential to influence their field, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising.

Review of applications will begin on Sept. 24, 2023, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Junior candidates must have completed their PhD by the time of appointment.

All candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter describing research completed and planned, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a short writing sample, and 4) a teaching statement. In the teaching statement, the candidate should describe how they foster inclusive learning and diversity.

Senior candidates should include the names of five references whom the search committee can contact at an appropriate time. The list of references can be submitted via the “additional documents” field in Interfolio.

Junior candidates should have three letters of reference and their official graduate transcript uploaded to Interfolio at the time of the application. The confidential recommendation letters should be uploaded to Interfolio by the referee.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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