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Lecturer in Political Science and Religion, King’s College London

Lecturer in Political Science and Religion


The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London is seeking a Lecturer in Political Science and Religion to join an innovative, forward-looking and dynamic team. The Department of Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) at King’s is a large, thriving and highly interdisciplinary department, specialising in the study of religion from theological, philosophical, historical and social-scientific perspectives. Areas of particular strength include the study of contemporary religious transformations in multi-religious and secular societies, religion in conflict and reconciliation, and new religio-political movements. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses (modules) for the new BA degree in Religion, Politics and Society, as well as contributing to the School of Arts & Humanities BA in Liberal Arts; s/he will also teach for the MA programme in Religion in Contemporary Society.

King’s College London has one of the largest concentrations of experts on the political sciences in the UK. Alongside world-leading departments like War Studies and Defence Studies, the College is home to two recently founded departments, European and International Studies (located in the School of Arts and Humanities) and the Department of Political Economy (located in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy). The new BA in Religion, Politics and Society complements a range of successful BA degrees that have been established since 2011, including the BA/BSc in Politics in the International Economy, the BA in International Politics, and a new BA in International Relations. The new post-holder will be expected to enhance the connections between the social scientists in the TRS Department and political scientists across the Schools of Arts and Humanities and of Social Sciences and Public Policy, as well as the King’s Global Institutes. This post offers a chance to make a substantial contribution to the development of the social-scientific study of religion at King’s College London and to gain experience of teaching and research in a world-class university.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Political Science and Religion, or equivalent, with an in-depth understanding of the academic field of Political Science and Religion from an international perspective. S/he will have a specialism that builds on the world-leading research and teaching strengths of the Department in the social-scientific study of religion, specifically in the area of Political Science and Religion, or equivalent. (A research focus on one or more of the following areas would be particularly welcome: religion in Western democracies, government, and party politics; international institutions; global civil society and media; human rights organisations; transnational networks. A regional specialization in the politics and religion of North America, South America, or Western Europe would also be desirable.) S/he will demonstrate evidence of future plans for REF publications and impact, and will have experience of teaching at different levels in Political Science and Religion, or equivalent, the ability to work collaboratively and collegially, and excellent communication skills. S/he will give evidence of proactive thinking with potential for leadership, and will have an understanding and working knowledge of equal opportunities and diversity. Equality of opportunity is College policy.

Dr Marat Shterin may be contacted for informal discussion on 0207 848 2637 or email

Post duration:

Indefinite Contract


The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, within the Grade 6 or grade 7 scale, currently £31,644 to
£37,756 or £38,907 to £46,400 respectively per annum, plus £2,323 London Allowance per annum.

To apply for this post please visit the advert on the College’s website,, and follow the online application instructions.

Other Information:

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 June 2014.

Interviews will be held on 24 July 2014.