Case Writer/Senior Case Writer

The Position:

The Tobin Project seeks an exceptional individual to join our collaborative and entrepreneurial team as a Case Writer or Senior Case Writer. Case writers will work with leading scholars and Tobin Project staff to translate academic research into teaching cases and to promote case-based pedagogy as a transformative tool for disseminating scholarship and educating students. S/he will receive a competitive non-profit salary and benefit package and work as part of Tobin’s small, mission-driven staff from an office in the heart of Harvard Square.


While roles evolve and expand, the Case Writer will:

  • Work with leading scholars to identify important historical moments and episodes that could serve as the basis of new cases.
  • Write cases based on new and existing research in history and the social sciences.
  • Help develop teaching materials to complement cases.
  • Promote case-based pedagogy at the undergraduate, graduate, and high school levels.
  • Assist in researching and developing strategy for the expansion of Tobin's work on pedagogy.
  • Contribute to a creative and dynamic work environment.


A strong candidate for the Case Writer position is a talented graduate who is intellectually ambitious and possesses outstanding writing and research skills and a passion for using rigorous research to better understand the world. Familiarity with case-method teaching and case writing is welcome, but not essential. We are looking for smart, enterprising students who are academically engaged and inclined toward active problem-solving. 

How to Apply:

The Tobin Project is seeking candidates able to start in summer 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email the following materials to

  • A cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications
  • A 1-2 page resume
  • All relevant academic transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable)
  • A writing sample

Please note that writing samples constitute a large part of the decision making process. Please submit a complete piece of written work (not an excerpt) – ideally one that marshals evidence in support of an argument. There is no page limit and no need to tailor the topic of discussion to Tobin’s research inquiries. Writing samples will be evaluated for clarity of reasoning, effectiveness of presentation, and style.

About the Tobin Project:

The Tobin Project is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization seeking to catalyze innovative scholarship on major, real world problems, from rising economic inequality to threats to national security. Inspired by Professor James Tobin’s belief that scholars have a vital role to play in the public sphere, Tobin works with a network of several hundred scholars, from Nobel Laureates to top graduate students, along with policymakers at the highest levels of government, to generate pioneering research on some of the most pressing problems facing America and the world today.

The Tobin Project is an equal opportunity employer.