We’re Hiring!


The Consortium on the American Political Economy (CAPE) invites applications from recent PhD graduates or PhD students who will receive their PhD by spring 2023 for a postdoctoral fellowship position. The fellowship is for a period of up to two years.  

Under the direction of the CAPE organizers—Jacob Hacker (Yale), Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Columbia), Paul Pierson (Berkeley), and Kathleen Thelen (MIT)—the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work on their own research while also supporting the broader project. Supported by the Hewlett Foundation, the Consortium on the American Political Economy is a multi-year effort to cultivate a research community around the study of markets and governments in the United States in comparative perspective.  

Postdoctoral fellowship support for the project will include, but is not limited to, supporting an annual summer school, annual research conference, grants competition, website, and other programming and outreach. Fellows may also work on creating public resources for the American Political Economy community, including publicly-available datasets and reports. We envision that the fellow would spend approximately half of their time supporting the American Political Economy Project and the remaining time on their own research related to American Political Economy.

The fellowship may be housed at any of the four institutions, with a determination to be made by the fellow in consultation with the organizers.  

Interested applicants should prepare the following materials and submit to info@americanpoliticaleconomy.org. The application deadline is March 10th, 2023.

  1. Cover Letter: Briefly describe your interest and experience relevant to the project.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Writing Sample: One sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample may be published or unpublished. It must be in English.
  4. A statement of research interest/research proposal related to the project the applicant intends to pursue during the fellowship.
  5. Names and contact details for two to three referees familiar with your work.
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