Assistant/Associate Professor - Governance of Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence

Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Governance of Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Syracuse University


The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, seeks to hire a social scientist with expertise in regulatory policy design, regulatory policy processes, and/or risk regulation as related to emerging technologies. We are specifically interested in candidates with demonstrated research interests in regulation and/or risk governance relating to the use and societal impacts of autonomous systems, such as driverless vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous decision making. Research interests could include, among others: governance of the development and use of autonomous systems/AI, analysis of societal risks posed by public and private applications of autonomous systems/AI, design and analysis of regulatory policies for managing risks associated with applications of autonomous systems/AI, design and evaluation of performance standards by which autonomous systems/AI are regulated, and regulation of human control over autonomous systems/AI. It is expected that candidates for this position will have doctoral training in public policy, public administration, political science, economics, sociology, and related interdisciplinary programs. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, service, or lived experiences have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work with students, colleagues, and wider communities.


The position is at the rank of assistant or associate professor and will be in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, situated within the Maxwell School. The Maxwell School is ranked #1 in the nation for graduate education in public affairs, according to the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, and home to the social science disciplines at Syracuse University.


The faculty member hired into this position will be affiliated with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI), which is housed in the Maxwell School and centers on interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching related to the design, policy, and social implications of autonomous systems. Faculty will also have the opportunity to affiliate with other interdisciplinary research institutes and centers within the Maxwell School and across Syracuse University. This position will be part of an ambitious Invest Syracuse Cluster Hire Initiative in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems, providing exciting opportunities for collaboration in teaching and research in an organized cluster that spans multiple departments in the Maxwell School, the College of Law, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Information Studies.


To be considered for this position, candidates must complete an online faculty demographic summary (available at and submit the following: letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one writing sample, teaching statement, and the names and contact information of three references. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, with full consideration given to those received by January 15, 2021. However, the Department will continue to consider applications until this position is filled.


Syracuse University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a diverse work force.