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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life


The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life seeks to hire a graduate research assistant for the 2015-16 academic year. We invite applications from highly qualified and energetic graduate students from any discipline or graduate school at Boston College who have an interest in the work of the Center. Review of applications will begin March 27, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position, a CV with contact information for two references (at least one from Boston College) and a writing sample of less than 10 pages to administrative assistant Susan Richard at

About the position:

The graduate research assistant works closely with the Boisi Center staff on nearly all aspects of the Center’s work. Core job functions include (1) help with the substance and logistics of the Center’s numerous public events and (2) writing and editing content for the Center’s web site, semi-annual newsletter and grant proposals. Additional tasks may include occasional research for director Alan Wolfe or associate director Erik Owens, management of several undergraduate research assistants, leadership of the Symposium on Religion and Politics and other projects that may arise. Among other benefits, graduate RAs have the opportunity to work on a wide array of topics with leading scholars who speak at our events, as well as a broad range of faculty, staff and students at Boston College. The position requires 20 hours/week during the academic year and pays a stipend of approximately $21,000.

Candidates must have exceptional writing and editing skills, attention to detail, a solid work ethic and a good attitude. Event planning experience and subject matter expertise related to religion and public life are preferred. Candidates should be technically proficient on the computer; experience with Adobe InDesign and/or Photoshop is desirable. 

About the Boisi Center: The Boisi Center is a nationally recognized research center based at Boston College that brings together scholars, policy makers, media and religious leaders to discuss the moral and normative consequences of public policies in ways that can help us to maintain the common good while respecting our growing religious diversity. The Center is neither ideological nor partisan, nor does it advocate “for” religion as against something called “secularism”; its goal is to promote discussion and respect for conflicting positions. Each year the Boisi Center typically has three full-time staff members, several visiting scholars from around the world, a graduate research assistant and two undergraduate research assistants. To learn more about the Boisi Center, please visit