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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Beatriz Magaloni-Kerpel

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Magaloni-Kerpel, Beatriz
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Political Science
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
September 2022 - August 2023
Appointment Start Date: 
September 2022
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please send the required materials in a single PDF to with the subject line: “SIL Postdoc_Magaloni”.

Stanford Impact Labs is a new initiative at Stanford University investing in highly-motivated teams of researchers and practitioners—impact labs—to generate new insights and solutions to persistent social problems. Stanford Impact Labs’ postdoctoral fellowship program supports postdoctoral fellows placed in research teams across Stanford University that have a commitment to public impact and partnership. As part of this program the Poverty, Violence, and Governance Lab is seeking a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join a team-based, collaborative community that values the different skills, expertise, and perspectives necessary to design, conduct, sustain, and disseminate public impact research.
The Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab (POVGOV) generates foundational action-oriented research to provide solutions to lawlessness and violence, seeking to evaluate programs and policies designed to contain violence, enhance the transparency and democratic accountability of law enforcement and criminal justice systems and constrain human right abuses.  POVGOV is also starting new projects on the analysis of Temporal Worker Programs and their promise to simultaneously combat poverty and violence.
Based on their expertise, the postdoctoral fellow will engage with members of our Lab on a variety of projects such as: implementing and evaluating interventions to contain police violence and human rights abuses;  empower youth from violence-ridden communities to express their creativity and expand their lawful  income generating opportunities; contain gender-based violence, and provide rigorous analytic tools to understand the behavior of powerful criminal organizations  in order to better design security policies; and understand ways to empower communities to respond to both state instigated violence and criminal predation.
Mentorship Structure
The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Prof. Beatriz Magaloni and will collaborate with research scholars, staff, and PhD students affiliated with the lab. Mentorship of the Postdoctoral Associate will be structured according to research and professional interests. This is a one-year appointment.
In addition, a goal of the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to create a diverse community of scholars who are committed to producing research that has a positive impact on society. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to engage with one another and with the broader Stanford Impact Labs team and community, and will be invited to participate in select activities, as guided by each fellow’s particular interests and in coordination with the SIL team and respective lab.
We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that values rigorous inquiry and diverse perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Has or expects to have a PhD by September 1st, 2022
  • Has research expertise on the study of criminal violence, human rights, security policies, and police behavior.
  • Has strong methodological skills, including:
  • Automated text analysis
  • Strong handling of Q-GIS or GeoDA
  • Experience in the design of survey and field experiments
  • Solid knowledge of R, STATA and statistical methods.
  • Willingness to conduct systematic ethnographic research and help systematize and organize field work
  • Knowledge of Spanish is essential. Understanding of Portuguese is also encouraged.
  • Is committed to advancing solutions to social problems through rigorous research, and communicating research findings to diverse audiences, including non-academic audiences.
  • Wishes to grow their collaborative research skills and ability to partner with organizations.
Required Application Materials: 

To be ensured of full consideration, please send the below materials in a single PDF to with the subject line: “SIL Postdoc_Magaloni”.

  • CV: Provide a curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages
  • Letter of interest explaining your motivation to become a postdoc with the Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab through the Stanford Impact Labs fellowship program (500 words max)
  • Short responses to the following three prompts, in 300 words or less for each:
    1. Please provide a short description of your dissertation research and broader research agenda.
    2. How does your research training and expertise prepare you to make progress towards understanding and identifying practical solutions to social problems?
    3. In what ways have you contributed towards and/or demonstrated a commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity through your academic career, and how do you plan to advance these commitments professionally?
  • One representative writing sample

Review of applications will be done on a rolling basis. Those advancing will be notified by May 15, and may be asked to submit additional materials (e.g. 2-3 writing samples and 2 letters of recommendation), and/or invited to interview. Final selections will be made by early June.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.