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Assistant Professor/Professor - Lateral - Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program - School of Law

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The Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Ph.D. Program in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley invites entry-level and lateral applicants for one or more full- time, tenured and tenure-track faculty positions. We are open to outstanding candidates in any area related to the study of law and legal institutions, but we are particularly interested for this search in candidates in the following fields and areas: law and political science (including public law), law and political economy, law and economics, law and inequality, law and psychology, or punishment and society/criminology. JSP embraces methodological pluralism, but has an acute current need for scholars who use statistical methods in their research targeted on the study of law and can/will teach statistical methods at the doctoral-level (which could include data science).

Lateral applicants must hold a Ph.D., or equivalent international degree in political science, economics, or another social science field at the time of application. Given the multidisciplinary character of the JSP Program, faculty members are expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses within their own expertise, and help mentor doctoral students within their own area of disciplinary training as well as across a range of fields. They also are expected to teach in the interdisciplinary undergraduate major, Legal Studies, which operates under the auspices of JSP. A J.D. degree is not required, though we welcome candidates who could contribute to teaching within the broader community at Berkeley Law, including the J.D. program.

We are interested in candidates who have demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and service, and a commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates may be appointed at the tenure-track or tenured level, depending upon their qualifications and experience. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2019. For further details about the JSP and Legal Studies Programs, see and If you have questions about the position, contact Taeku Lee, Search Chair and Professor of Law and Political Science ( and/or Calvin Morrill, Associate Dean for JSP / Legal Studies (

Early applications are encouraged. The final deadline for applications is October 1, 2018.

Lateral candidates who already hold tenured or tenure-track positions at other institutions are encouraged to apply online for consideration via the following link:

All applications should include in pdf format a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a description of current research and teaching interests, a diversity statement describing past and proposed contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (further information about the diversity statement is available at: diversity/support-faculty-candidates), and copies of or electronic links to representative and recent scholarship. Lateral candidates should not send letters of reference, but must enter three references with contact information who may be contacted for letters at a later time. Other materials, such as teaching evaluations, may be requested of top candidates. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University is responsive to the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about family friendly resources, potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Interest

  • Description of Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Copies of or Electronic Links to Representative and Recent Scholarship

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement describing past and proposed contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (Further information is available at:

  • Copy of Representative and Recent Scholarship - Additional copy of Representative and Recent Scholarship

  • Copy of Representative and Recent Scholarship - Additional copy of Representative and Recent Scholarship

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)