Director, Institute of Governmental Studies

The Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS), celebrating its centennial in Presidential election year 2020, is seeking new leadership to launch the Institute’s next one hundred years. The effective date of appointment is July 1, 2020. We invite nominations of highly qualified, tenured Berkeley faculty. We welcome as candidates either individuals, or partnerships of two faculty members who could serve as co-directors. Candidate(s) should have a well-established research and professional reputation as well as leadership and administrative abilities. This appointment is for an initial five-year term and provides teaching relief and additional compensation. Nominations are due no later than January 29, 2020.

The IGS is the University of California’s longest standing center for interdisciplinary study and research. Historically the Institute maintained close ties with Political Science, and there is s till a vital presence of both faculty and graduate students from that discipline affiliated and active at the Institute. In recent years the scope of the Institute’s work has also drawn faculty and students from a number of disciplines across campus: Sociology, Public Policy, Education, History, and Environmental Design, at present. The Institute hopes to continue and expand this trend of broad involvement going forward, working with undergraduates, graduate students and scholars across the campus and around the world to further the University’s goals of teaching, research, and public service.  IGS has pursued a broad mission that in addition to distinguished research and faculty-led workshops and colloquia includes research support for graduate students, outreach efforts to policymakers and the public, a publications program, the highly regarded Berkeley IGS poll, a large undergraduate internship pro gram emphasizing public service, and a specialized library that serves scholars inside and outside the campus. Nested research centers such as the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) and the Center for Community Innovation (CCI) demonstrate IGS’ capacity for advancing exciting new interdisciplinary projects.

The Director/Co-Directors should have:

  1. A distinguished record of scholarship in Governmental Studies or related fields, broadly conceived, 
  2. Leadership qualities to provide a forward-looking vision, 
  3. The capacity to foster innovative interdisciplinary research and learning among faculty and students, along with promoting experiential learning for undergraduates,
  4. The ability to promote outreach to the campus, policy-making constituents, and the public, 
  5. The willingness and competence to sustain and expand financial resources, including active participation in fundraising, in collaboration with the Institute’s National Advisory Council, and
  6. Commitment to the Berkeley Principles of Community.  

Please submit nominations by completing the online nomination form as soon as possible, but no later than WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020. Self-nominations are welcome.  All nominations will be reviewed by the search advisory committee. The committee will select the top 3-5 nominees to confirm interest in becoming a formal candidate, evaluate candidates through an interview process, and will recommend 2-3 candidates to the Vice Chancellor for Research for final selection.   

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Linda Haverty Rugg
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research


IGS Director Search Advisory Committee:

Associate Professor Sarah Anzia (Public Policy and Political Science)
Professor Irene Bloemraad (Sociology)
Professor Cathryn Carson (History)
Professor Kris Gutiérrez (Education)
Assistant Professor Jovan Lewis, Chair (Geography & African Amer Studies)
Professor Paul Pierson (Political Science)
Executive Director Christine Trost (Institute of Governmental Studies)