Institute of Urban Policy
Institute of Urban Policy

IUPRA is currently accepting applications for 3 Post-Doctoral Law & Social Science Research Fellows Positions

Fri, April 18, 2014


The mission of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis is to advocate for equality of access, opportunity and choice for populations of color and the poor through applied policy research. The Institute’s staff, research fellows, and graduate students will generate publications, reports, briefs, grants, contracts, legal analysis, and legislative testimony with the aim of shaping policy discourse to enhance the lives of African Americans and other people of color.

The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis was developed in 2010 through the collaborative efforts of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts. Development of IUPRA was envisioned as an important method for understanding the impact of public policies on African Americans and other people of color.  

To fulfill its mission, IUPRA is seeking to fill  three post-doctoral positions that will focus on race and public policy.  One position will be filled by a social scientist with background and knowledge in various quantitative and qualitative methodologies as these apply to policy issues that affect populations and communities of color . The second position will be for a person who has a law degree and interest in social justice issues. The third person to be hired will have a background in micro-economics  with experience in conducting research and analysis on the economic implications and costs of proposed or actual public policies on populations of color . Each person hired will have an opportunity to teach an undergraduate or graduate course with a more senior staff member.

The post-doctoral scholars will work with IUPRA attorneys and social scientists in advanced qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis and preparation of policy briefs that provide information useful to legislators, the general public, and communities. Scholars will be expected to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. There will be opportunities to collaborate on grants to support ongoing and future research, as well as opportunities to present research findings at local, national, and international conferences.

Requirements: PhD or JD degree with major coursework in the field and 2+ years of experience

Start Date: July/August 2014  

Appointment Time: 1 year with a possible 1 year extension   

Deadline:  May 31, 2014

Competitive Salary and Benefits:

To apply, please send a letter of interest, an updated CV, two writing samples, and a list of 3 references to:

Leonie Jones | Administrative Associate

The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis [IUPRA]

African and African Diaspora Studies Department | College of Liberal Arts

The University of Texas at Austin | 1 University Station, E3600, Austin, TX 78712

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