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All applications must be submitted electronically to: Applicants should include the following application materials in PDF format: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a concise statement describing current and future plans for research, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence (if any), writing samples, graduate transcripts (for entry-level candidates), and a statement of activities contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia. Entry-level applicants should submit three reference letters.  All other applicants should provide names and contact information for three references.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan’s Department of Political Science and the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the International Institute seek qualified applicants for a 50/50% jointly appointed tenure-track position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank with research and teaching interests in Korean politics. Preference will be given to the candidates who will be hired at Associate or Full rank. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies.

We seek an interdisciplinary scholar whose work sheds light on important political issues in the Korean peninsula and beyond. Korea has gone through dramatic transformations in the last decades: from colonial occupation to divided nation-building compounded by the Cold War; from a poor agrarian society to the fourteenth largest global economy grappling with inequality and environmental issues; from a military dictatorship to an electoral democracy with vibrant social movements; and from the major source of emigrants to one of the most popular immigrant destinations in East Asia. We welcome scholars whose work comparative political understanding of economic development and inequality; democratization and social movements; geopolitics and national security; globalization, immigration, and diasporas; or any other topics that are critical in contemporary Korean politics.

The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is August 28, 2022, and the Department of Political Science will be the tenure home.

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interests of current faculty can be found on the Department’s website:, the center website:, and the International Institute’s website:


Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Required Qualifications*

Candidates for this position must have completed their PhD by September 1, 2022.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Contact Information

For questions about potential fit and your application please email:

Application Deadline

For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by August 23, 2021.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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