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Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and CV as one document through the UM job portal.

Course Description

What exactly is capitalism?  Does it express itself similarly in all countries? In all time periods?  This course explores the many varieties of capitalism, including: merchant capitalism, religious capitalism, industrial capitalism, financial capitalism, imperial capitalism, state capitalism, welfare capitalism, crony capitalism, and global capitalism. 

The course is organized not historically but analytically.  Topics include agriculture, industry, labor, finance, trade, and government.

Grades are based on several short essays and an open-book final exam.  The course presupposes no background in economics.  It is intended for all first- and second-year students in LSA Honors.


Honors Core 230 introduces students to the fields, questions, and methods of the Social Sciences.  GSIs in this course collaborate actively with the professor and with other GSIs.  They attend the professor’s lectures, attend meetings of the teaching staff, lead discussion sections, hold office hours, and grade assignments. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.

GSIs in the HON 230/ECON 230 teach specific topics and specific readings—topics and readings that are not covered by the professor.  Given the topical breadth of ECON 230, historically and geographically, GSIs must have broad backgrounds and interests.  Given the emphasis on writing in HON CORE 230, the GSIs need strong skills and interests in expositional writing.  The strongest candidates for this GSI position are likely to be students in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Law, History, and Business.

Each GSI is expected to teach two (2) sections for a 50% appointment.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in one of the following degree programs: Ph.D. in Economics, Political Science, History, or Business; JD.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in one of the relevant Ph.D. programs; experience teaching, especially as a GSI at the University of Michigan.

Contact Information

Questions may be sent to Lisa Broome, Associate Director, LSA Honors Program, at

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Selection Process

Candidates should submit their cover letter and CV through the UM jobs portal to be considered.  The application deadline is December 18, 2017; however, all positions may be filled by then.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.