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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

 The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) at Vanderbilt University's Department of Political Science seeks applicants for up to three (3) Post-doctoral Scholars to support research on political institutions, opinion or behavior. Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their doctoral degrees within the three years prior to the start of the fellowship, or who will complete their PhD by August 1, 2016. These positions involve a year of supported research at Vanderbilt University starting September 1, 2016. There is no teaching requirement associated with the appointment, but there may be some research associated with the mission of the Center as part of the fellowship. It would be no more than a few hours per week. Successful candidates will be given a competitive salary, health care benefits, office space, computing resources, and a research fund.

Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Vanderbilt is an AA/EO employer and particularly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Candidates should submit a vita and a cover letter describing your research project, what you hope to accomplish while at CSDI, and why spending time at Vanderbilt would provide a useful setting for that research. A graduate school transcript, a writing sample, and letters of reference are also required. Applicants should submit materials electronically at Academic Jobs online ( Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received before January 15, 2016.

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CSDI Lunch Seminars will resume in January. Enjoy the Holidays!

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Latest Research



6/30/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-2 titled "Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Regulatory Personnel Turnover" has been released. The paper is authored by Kathleen M. Doherty, David E. Lewis and Scott Limbocker.

4/1/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-1 titled"Incorporating Legislative Effectiveness into Nonmarket Strategy: The Case of Financial Services Reform and the Great Recession"has been released. The paper is authored by Craig Volden and CSDI Affiliate Alan E. Wiseman.

12/19/14 CSDI Working Paper 2014-7 titled ''Spatial Models of Legislative Effectiveness''has been released. The paper is authored by Matthew P. HittCraig Volden, and CSDI Affiliate Alan E. Wiseman.

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Media Spotlight - 8/19/15 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carrie Roush, and Dr. John Lapinski, Director of the Elections Unit at NBC news take a closer look at Trump supporters.

Washington Post - 8/3/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis and graduate affiliate Mark Richardson's Survey on the Future of Government Service is examined - 7/22/15 - CSDI Co-director John Geer is quoted in an article about Donald Trump's participation in the upcoming republican presidential debate in Cleveland.

The Fiscal Times - 7/20/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis is quoted in an article about Jeb Bush's plan to reduce the federal workforce.

Newsweek -7/17/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis discusses "How to Keep Good People Working in Government."

Tennessean - 7/10/15 - CSDI Co-Directors Joshua Clinton and John Geer Op-Ed, "Beware of Internal Polls to Name Nashville's Next Mayor


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The Center for the Study of
Democratic Institutions
Vanderbilt University
PMB 505
230 Appleton Place
Nashville TN 37203

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Phone: 615.875.6954
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