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Post-doctoral Fellowships for 2022-2023

The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in political theory for the academic year running from August 22, 2022 through August 20, 2023. Housed in the Department of Political Science, the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy, including constitutionalism and rule of law; the meaning and scope of freedom and free markets in a democratic order; the place and role of religion in liberal democracies; the relationship between liberty and equality; the balances among security, liberty, and privacy in a dangerous world; the role of the military in a free society; education and the state; and competition between liberal democracy and competing ideologies, including various forms of autocracy and new political religions.

Eligible applicants must complete all requirements for a Ph.D. by the date of application, and no earlier than August 15, 2019. The fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 per year as well as research funds and benefits. In addition to pursuing their personal research agenda, the fellow will have opportunities to take part in a variety of professional development activities, including teaching. The fellow will also engage with the CSLD’s programming, participating actively in the workshops, conferences, and intellectual life of the Center and the political theory field. The appointment will begin in August 2022, and may be extended for the 2023–24 academic year.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of: (1) the significance of the proposed research; (2) the quality of the applicant’s past research; (3) the contribution the applicant is likely to make to higher education in the future; and (4) the contribution the applicant is likely to make to the various Center initiatives.

To apply, visit the CSLD website (

The deadline for submission is January 14, 2022.

Richard Avramenko

Richard Avramenko is a Board Member of VoegelinView, series editor of Political Theory for Today, editor of The Political Science Reviewer, and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb (Notre Dame, 2011); and co-editor, with John von Heyking, of Friendship and Politics (Notre Dame, 2008);, with Lee Trepanier, Dostoevsky's Political Thought (Lexington Books, 2013); and, with Ethan Alexander-Davey, and Aristocratic Souls in Democratic Times (Lexington Books, 2018).

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