Research Associate (Political Economy)
Department/Team: Resident Scholars
Period: Part time (20-25 hours/week, no benefits)
Location: Washington, DC (Currently virtual due to the pandemic)
This is a part-time nonexempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This position is eligible for telework under the AGSIW telework policy with attendance of required staff meetings either in person or virtually.
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), launched in 2015, is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to providing expert research and analysis of the social, economic, and political dimensions of the Gulf Arab states and key neighboring countries and how they affect domestic and foreign policy. AGSIW focuses on issues ranging from politics and security to economics, trade, and business; from social dynamics to civil society and culture. Through programs, publications, and scholarly exchanges the institute seeks to encourage thoughtful debate and inform the U.S. foreign-policy, business, and academic communities regarding this critical geostrategic region.
Provide research assistance and support to the resident scholar of political economy at AGSIW and occasionally to the institute’s other scholars. At the direction of the scholar, conduct research on Gulf political economy, business politics, finance, macroeconomics, foreign policy, and U.S. policy toward the region. Monitor contemporary developments in the Gulf states and U.S. policy, including reviews of regional and international media. Source data, compile bibliographies, conduct literature reviews, and write briefs on relevant topics. Create charts and graphics for AGSIW publications. Provide communications and logistical support to resident scholars, and perform additional tasks as requested.
Some graduate work expected, MA degree preferred but not required. ABDs and doctoral candidates in economics, international affairs, political science, or related area with exposure to Middle East politics and economics are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate a strong academic record as well as outstanding research, writing, and analytical skills. Native-level fluency in English required. Arabic and other language capabilities, such as Mandarin and Farsi, are a plus.
Candidates with an academic or professional background in quantitative analysis, finance, trade, investment, and labor markets are encouraged to apply. Applications from individuals with demonstrated knowledge of or interest in technology trends in Gulf Arab states are especially welcomed. Remote access to academic libraries and research databases is a plus. Candidates based in the Washington, DC area are preferred but those intending to work remotely will be considered.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should forward resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter, contact information for two references, and a writing sample of scholarly work (e.g., dissertation chapter) or policy writing sample if available (e.g., op-ed) to [email protected]. The deadline to apply is May 14. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Must have authorization to work in the United States.
AGSIW is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law. No phone calls please.
Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.Learn More