Research Associate (Limited Term)

The Keough School of Global Affairs seeks a Research Associate who will work closely with the Associate Dean for Policy and Practice to develop course materials and resources—particularly case studies and discussion scenarios—that link theory with policy and practice. The Research Associate will work with the Associate Dean to identify faculty needs for policy and practice materials and examples, conduct research on existing resources, and write new materials for classroom use across a range of global affairs issues. This is a one-year limited-term position.


The main responsibility of this position is to prepare various research products that can be used by Keough School faculty to teach more effectively about the links between theory and practice. These products include case studies, discussion scenarios and examples, and other materials. Written products are expected to rely on concise synthesis of existing primary and secondary sources in narrative format that highlights key themes. Additional primary data-gathering may be required in some cases.


The Research Associate will identify and assess existing materials that can be used to foster discussion on the application of theoretical perspectives to contemporary issues in global affairs. This will include gaining familiarity with case study repositories, journals, policy reports and briefs, books and other materials that apply theory to policy and practice issues; matching these resources with faculty teaching needs; and preparing research summaries.

Other responsibilities

The Research Associate will also provide support to the Associate Dean in implementing pedagogical initiatives focused on policy and practice, as requested. This could include facilitating faculty and student interactions with the Keough School’s new Washington, D.C. office, facilitating guest lectures by policymakers and practitioners, providing assistance with course administration to faculty from the policy community, and assisting in organizing and following up on faculty meetings on policy and practice.


Ph.D. or Master’s degree in a relevant field required, preferably in global or international affairs, journalism, the humanities or social sciences.

Candidates must have excellent writing skills; an ability to quickly synthesize various source materials into engaging narratives; strong research capacities for locating relevant materials—many of which are not available through traditional academic sources—and assessing their potential for pedagogical use; familiarity with global or international policy issues; familiarity with the higher education working environment; and a commitment to the mission of the University and the Keough School.

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