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Kohn Professor of Social Policy

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at The University of Michigan invites applications for the newly endowed Kohn Professor of Social Policy. This professorship will be held by a tenured faculty member at the associate or full professor level. We seek a leading scholar whose scholarly and applied research contributes to policies that advance societal equity for all United States residents, with a primary focus on health equity. This individual’s research emphasis could be on the causes, mediating factors, and/or consequences of inequities in health and overall well-being, conducting research examining these dynamics at the individual, neighborhood, community, population, or policy level. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work focuses on the role that public policy plays in both creating and addressing social inequities in health.

We seek scholars committed to policy-oriented research and teaching undergraduate, master’s and doctoral courses in an interdisciplinary, public policy school. We welcome a broad range of applicants engaged in policy-engaged research. Required qualifications include a PhD, DrPH or other type of doctoral degree from a wide range of fields including but not limited to public policy, public health, demography, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, anthropology, geography, or related field.  Joint appointments or affiliations with other departments, schools, or colleges are possible.

The following application materials should be uploaded in PDF format to Interfolio at a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a research statement and up to 3 completed research papers, a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching performance, and a statement describing how you or your work would contribute to the Ford School’s and University of Michigan’s strategic commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion ( First consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 15, 2023, but applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

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