Assistant Professor - Comparative Political Economy

Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Assistant Professor - Comparative Political Economy
Date Posted: 11/25/2020
Closing Date: 01/18/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 993
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Department of Political Science
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Comparative Political Economy. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Political Science or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. 

More specifically, we are looking for a scholar of comparative political economy focused on large-scale changes in capitalist economies, including shifts in labour markets and systems of production. This could include, but is not limited to the causes, implications and consequences of rising income inequality; the political economy of migration; the political economy of gender, race and other categories of political identity; automation, digitalization and growing dependence on artificial intelligence and big data. We are searching for candidates whose work concentrates on the political economy of advanced industrialized countries. 

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will undertake undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities on the University’s downtown (St George) campus.  Applicants are encouraged to review the research and teaching profiles of current faculty members.  Please visit our home page Department of Political Science ( to learn more about us. 

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive and externally funded research program. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of their contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover (but need not be limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead, signed and scanned) sent directly by the referee to the Chair of the search committee in the Department of Political Science, Professor Antoinette Handley, via e-mail at by the closing date, Monday, January 18, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: this search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at If you have any questions about this position, please contact Sari Sherman at  

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by Monday, January 18, 2021. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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Accessibility Statement
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