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Assistant Professorship in International Security Studies
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 6, 2023
Title Assistant Professorship in International Security Studies
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date September 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Political Science - General
    International Relations/Foreign Service
    Criminology/Criminal Justice
    Political Science - International

The Fletcher School, established in 1933 as the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of International Security, beginning in September 2023. The ideal candidate will have research and teaching experience with an established research agenda. Interest in and prior experience with engaging policymakers about the candidate’s area of expertise is also highly desirable.

The Fletcher School’s faculty is multi-disciplinary with a focus on preparing tomorrow’s leaders with a global perspective. The School undertakes research and prepares masters and doctoral students to use the latest political, business, economic, and legal thinking, among others, to generate pragmatic policies or make executive decisions that will successfully shape global events. Tufts University is a world-renowned research university dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge.

The successful candidate will take an active role in further developing the intersection of the fields of international security studies and techology and international affairs.

The international security field studies the threat and use of force by states, substate actors, and coalitions; the conditions that make the use of force more likely and the technologies, methods, and capabilities that comprise the character of warfare in each age; the impact of conflict on and the behaviors of individuals, societies, states, and international organizations; and the policies developed to prevent, prepare for, and use force in the international environment. The technology field of study examines the intersection of emerging technologies and global affairs through the lens of both international relations and scientific and technological innovation. The successful candidate will be able to assess how technology and scientific development alter the global landscape and play a vital role in 21st century international security policy and strategy.



We seek a candidate with strong potential for international recognition and leadership in the fields of international security and technology in international affairs at the Assistant Professor level. The candidate should have a demonstrable record of excellence in scholarly research and ideally some experience teaching at the graduate level. 

Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g. security studies, strategic studies, conflict and war studies, international relations, political science, or public policy) and demonstrate outstanding scholarship on issues related to international security and technology. Fletcher particularly seeks candidates with expertise in research and teaching at the intersection of international security and new technologies. Particular subjects of interest include emerging technologies with security implications (such as AI and machine learning); nuclear weapons and arms control; the cyber domain in international security; space strategy and policy; and military innovation and adaptation. Also desirable is the ability to teach international relations theory.


Application Instructions

Candidates should submit a cover letter (including a personal statement outlining their qualifications and their particular interest in the position), curriculum vitae, list of at least three references, and previous teaching evaluations if available. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications can be submitted via Interfolio at  Inquiries about the position should be addressed to search committee chair Professor Abi Linnington (

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