Assistant Professor (Expertise in Urban Politics & Governance)

Position ID: 40698
Georgia State University
The Uran Studies Institute
Branch Campus: 
Atlanta, Georgia
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Assistant Professor with Expertise in Urban Politics and Governance

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The Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University conducts top-level urban research, offers an innovative and specialized interdisciplinary curriculum, and engages with stakeholders in metropolitan Atlanta and in other cities around the world. The Institute’s research agenda ranges from local to global, from urban theory to policy research. Research themes emphasize urban economic resilience, inclusive development, and urban sustainability. The Institute was founded in 2017. It is housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and its research and teaching engagements reach across the University. It is presently composed of five tenured or tenure track faculty, two postdoctoral researchers, and 25 affiliate faculty from a range of schools and disciplines.

The Institute is seeking an assistant professor, to begin in August of 2019.

Position 2: Assistant professor with expertise in urban politics and governance

We seek an outstanding urban scholar with expertise in urban politics and governance, and a specialty in social justice, diversity (regarding gender, race, ethnicity, and/or sexuality), and/or the portability of urban policy and theory. This position closely aligns with the Urban Studies Institute’s commitment to inclusive urban development. The successful candidate will advance the Institute’s international reputation in this area by contributing theoretical and empirical innovations to the field, and pursuing an agenda-setting research program with strong external funding potential. Specific research foci include (but are not limited to): 

  • urban inequalities and uneven spatial development
  • social difference and urban transformation
  • urban social movements
  • urban policy mobilities
  • urban political economy and economic development
  • urban informality
  • (sub)urban development , governance, and lived experiences


  • Completed PhD (before August 1, 2019) in urban studies, geography, political science, sociology, urban planning, economics or other related social sciences; expertise in urban politics and governance.
  • A broad interest in urban studies and motivation to help build a new Institute with missions in research, teaching, and outreach;
  • Enthusiasm to work in an open and pluralistic environment;
  • A demonstrated commitment to impactful scholarship inside and outside the academy; and
  • The capacity to engage in collaborative research across the University, notably in the areas of public health, urban infrastructure, urban inclusion/inequities, and regional urbanization.


  • Experience working on collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects;
  • Experience working with external stakeholders, including policy practitioners, non-profit organizations, and community groups;
  • An affinity with comparative urbanism and research in international settings; and
  • Innovative teaching approaches, including engaging students in solutions-oriented projects.

Georgia State University, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, is a major research university with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. The university is currently in the middle of a record $1 billion campus expansion. GSU is recognized as a national leader in student success and in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked GSU as the  2nd most innovative school in the nation. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, ranked among the top 20 Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. Its students, alumni and faculty work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice around the world.

Application Procedure:

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. For best consideration, applications should be a single PDF file sent via email to (1) a letter of application including statement on research and teaching; names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees; and (2) a current CV. The PDF file name should include the applicant’s last name. An offer of employment, pending budgetary approval, will be conditional on background verification.

Georgia State University, a Research University of the University System of Georgia, is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

CIP Discipline Code: 
American Government and Politics (United States)
Urban Studies/Affairs
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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
119 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Sheila C England, System Coordinator