Professor of Racial Justice in Science and Technology Policy

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Open Date: Apr 15, 2021


The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan invites applications from well-qualified individuals for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position focused on racial justice in science and technology policy. Applicants should have expertise focused on structural and other forms of racism in science, technology, and associated policies, and interest in how the tools of public policy and democracy can be used to create racially just and equitable science and technology and/or how science and technology can be wielded to address structural racism. Applications are welcome from a range of fields, including computer and data science, engineering fields, science and technology studies, science and technology policy, law, communications, African American studies, ethnic studies, information studies, sociology, and history, with particular interest in candidates whose work transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The position will have a university year appointment. The Ford School is committed to attracting and retaining a distinguished and diverse faculty. Successful candidates must demonstrate a record of research excellence appropriate to their rank; ability and willingness to teach core and elective courses in undergraduate, master and PhD degree programs in public policy; interest in public and policy engagement; and a keen interest in interacting with students, faculty, staff, and policy practitioners in an interdisciplinary professional school environment. The new position will become a core faculty member in the Ford School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program, an interdisciplinary, university-wide research, education, and public and policy engagement center. We are open to negotiating joint appointments with other units at the university, such as the School of Information, Stamps School of Art and Design, College of Engineering, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

This position is part of a new faculty cluster focused on Racial Justice and Technology, and will include three faculty from the Ford School, the School of Information, and Stamps School of Art and Design, with additional support for cross-school collaborations within the cluster. The cluster is part of a university-wide faculty hiring initiative in anti-racism. Over the next three years, the university will hire at least 20 faculty members with scholarly expertise in racial inequality and structural racism.

Application Instructions

First consideration will be given to applications received by July 1, 2021, but applications will be considered until the position has been filled. The following application materials are required: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, one article-length writing sample, the names of three references, and a statement describing how your work contributes to the Ford School’s and University of Michigan’s strategic commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  (

EEO/AA Statement:

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  The University of Michigan is an AA/EO employer and is supportive of the needs of dual career couples.


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