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Assistant Professor 2020-2021

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 1st, 2020

Next review date: Sunday, Nov 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jan 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



The Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for an Assistant Professor as part of its mission to engage in fundamental research on the unequal impacts of the criminal and legal systems on social life. This is a tenure-track position.

CLS is a highly-ranked department whose faculty members are internationally-renowned for research on the causes and consequences of crime and justice; the socio-legal mechanisms that can both exacerbate and reduce the disparate impacts of the criminal and civil justice systems; and on the collateral harms associated with the legal systems.

We seek to build on these strengths to crystalize a focus on ideas and methods to reduce the problem of systemic racism and other negative impacts of the justice system, to explore the limits of criminal and civil justice systems as methods of dispute resolution, and to provide empirical and theoretical insights into the core challenges of providing equal justice in our formal legal systems and through alternative modes of resolution.

We seek scholars with research and policy interests in one or more of the following fields, and welcome critical race scholars who work in these areas:

  1. Alternatives to juvenile and criminal processing; including alternatives to policing, arrest, prosecution, formal processing, dispute resolution, and financial and liberty-deprivation sanctions;
  2. The collateral and disparate consequences of civil and criminal justice systems, including how technological innovations in those systems contribute to inequalities;
  3. New visions for justice, including community-based solutions.

To ensure your application is given full consideration, files should be completed by November 1, 2020. Priority will be given to applications received by that date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree in a field related to Criminology, Law & Society by the appointment date. The position will begin July 1, 2021 (teaching duties will begin Fall 2021). Applications must be uploaded electronically through the on-line Recruit system:

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, representative publications, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation uploaded electronically. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion (e.g. mentoring activities, committee service, research or teaching activities) is also required. For an appointment at an advanced Assistant Professor rank, evidence of success in securing extramural funding to support research and graduate students is desired.

Please direct questions about this position to the chair of the search committee, Professor Michael Gottfredson (

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Job location

Irvine, CA


Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required