Assistant Professor/Professor - Lateral - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program - School of Law


Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program
School of Law
University of California, Berkeley
Position Announcement

The Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Ph.D. Program in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley invites entry-level and lateral applicants for one or more full- time, tenured and tenure-track faculty positions. We are open to outstanding candidates in any area related to economic approaches to law. Fields of interest include, but are not limited to, law and any of the following: political economy, behavioral economics, development economics, labor economics, industrial organization. Specific topics of interest also could include economic analysis of the legal dimensions of private and public finance, crime, global climate change, or inequality based on race, gender, social class, or other factors.

JSP particularly welcomes candidates with an interest in training doctoral students in quantitative methods, including econometrics as well as other statistical approaches to empirical analysis such as experimental methods, machine learning and computational text analysis, and social network analysis. We also welcome candidates who could contribute to teaching within the broader community at Berkeley Law, including the J.D. program. Most JSP faculty members also teach in Berkeley's interdisciplinary undergraduate Legal Studies major, which operates under the auspices of JSP, and a significant number have taught within the JD program.

JSP is committed to methodological pluralism as a program. Methodological expertise applicable to a wide range of disciplines and substantive areas is a plus, as is a demonstrated interest in participating in a multidisciplinary environment inclusive of disciplines beyond economics and law. Applicants should indicate in their letters of interest their qualifications for and proposed contributions to working with students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

Entry-level applicants must either: a) hold a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree by date of application, or b) have advanced to candidacy status for a Ph.D., or equivalent international degree, in economics, public policy, business, or another social science field at the time of application. Lateral applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in economics, public policy, business, or another social science field at the time of application. A J.D. degree is not required.

We are interested in candidates who have demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and service, and a commitment to building an equitable, diverse, and interdisciplinary scholarly environment. Candidates may be appointed at the tenure-track or tenured level, depending upon their qualifications and experience. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2022. For further details about the JSP and Legal Studies Programs, see and If you have questions about the position, contact David Singh Grewal, Professor of Law ( and/or Calvin Morrill, Associate Dean for JSP / Legal Studies (
Entry-level candidates must complete an online application with Berkeley Law via the
following link:

Lateral candidates who already hold tenured or tenure-track positions at other institutions are encouraged to apply online for consideration via the following link: Early applications are encouraged. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

All applications should include in pdf format a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a description of current research and teaching interests, a diversity statement describing past and proposed contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (further information about the diversity statement is available at: support-faculty-candidates), and copies of or electronic links to representative and recent scholarship. Entry-level candidates must supply three letters of reference. Lateral candidates should not send letters of reference, but must enter three references with contact information who may be contacted for letters at a later time. Other materials, such as teaching evaluations, may be requested of top candidates for entry-level or lateral positions. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a dossier service or career center, to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

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