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. Housed in the Department of Political Science, the CSLD promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy, including, but not limited to constitutionalism and rule of law; the meaning and scope of freedom and free markets; 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 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. In addition to pursuing their personal research agenda, the fellow will have opportunity to teach no more than one course per semester for professional development purposes. 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 2021, and can be extended for the 2022–23 academic year.
Applications are 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; and
(4) the contribution the applicant is likely to make to intellectual life of the Center.