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Columbia University (USA: NY) - Classical Islamic Studies (incl. History)Edit

  • The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University seeks to fill a position in Classical Islamic Studies at the rank of assistant professor.
  • We seek a scholar with firm grounding in classical Arabic, but whose work may also engage with other languages and cover across regions. Discipline and focus are open, including but not restricted to history (social, intellectual, cultural), science, Sufism, theology or philosophy.
  • The successful candidate will have broad intellectual interests, a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate education, including teaching in the Columbia College Core Curriculum, and a willingness to contribute to new departmental initiatives. The department is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
  • Applicants should submit a c.v., cover letter, a representative sample of scholarship, and upload their dissertation abstract and a sample course syllabus. They should also arrange to have recommendations sent by three referees.
  • For more information and to apply, please visit our online site:
  • The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 11 November, and will continue until an appointment is made.

Gonzaga University (USA:WA)- ModernEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Modern Middle East and/or Modern Africa (from 1800)
  • PhD should be in hand by 1 Aug. 2018
  • Candidates should have experience teaching History of World Civilization II
  • To apply or view the complete position description, please visit our website at . Applicants must complete an online application. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Robert Donnelly, Chair, History Department,
  • Deadline: 16 Oct. 2017.

University of Colorado Boulder (CO) - Israel/Palestine Studies (incl. History)Edit

  • Tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor in Israel/Palestine Studies with specialized training in history, to begin Aug. 2018
  • The person hired will have completed all requirements for the PhD in history (or a related discipline such as Jewish Studies or Middle Eastern Studies) by then.
  • The successful candidate will have proficiency in Hebrew and Arabic, be expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching, conduct independent research, lead regular global seminars to Israel (and the West Bank, if possible), and contribute to the intellectual and institutional life of the Program in Jewish Studies. The successful candidate will be rostered in the History Department but teach three out of her or his four classes per year under the auspices of the Program in Jewish Studies.
  • Application materials include:  a Letter of Interest, a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than 8000 words.
  • Requirements include:
  • A PhD in History or a related discipline such as Jewish Studies or Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Proficiency with Hebrew and Arabic.
  • ABDs will be considered, but the Ph.D. degree in History/related disciplines must be conferred by August 20, 2018.

University of Michigan (USA: MI) - Pre-Modern Arabic CultureEdit

  • 9-month Tenure track Assistant Professorship or tenured Associate Professorship in Pre-Modern Arabic culture, to begin 1 Sept. 2018.
  • We seek to hire an innovative scholar with a specialization in law, theology, or philosophy, or any combination of those fields. Preference will be given to candidates working on questions of social history, gender and sexuality, or critical theory.
  • For a department that prides itself on collaborations across disciplinary, chronological, and linguistic boundaries we seek a colleague who can complement existing faculty strengths in Middle Eastern Studies, history and literature in NES and at the University of Michigan.
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at the time of the appointment, and have native or near-native proficiency in English and Arabic. It is expected that they will have experience in curriculum development and will be committed to maintaining and enhancing the long-standing excellence of Arabic Studies at the University. Candidates must produce evidence of substantial, innovative research in their fields of specialization. The successful candidate will offer undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization, and be prepared to also teach content courses in Arabic. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s training and experience.
  • Please submit a cover letter with a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of current and future research plans, evidence of teaching excellence, samples of syllabi and publications, and curriculum vitae. In addition, candidates should send three letters of recommendation.
  • Application materials must be submitted electronically. Please go to to apply.
  • To be assured consideration, applications must be received by 15 Oct. 2017.


Durham University (UK:Eng) - Southern AfricaEdit

  • Assistant Professor in the History of Southern Africa
  • You will make an important contribution to the development of a dynamic research culture, building on the expertise of a strong group of Africanist historians. Making use of your own outstanding knowledge and the University’s important library and archival holdings in the field, you will carry out and publish excellent and original research. Passionate about the history of southern Africa, you will help to develop and extend our suite of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and share your enthusiasm through exceptional teaching
  • You’ll need: A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in the history of southern Africa or a related subject (either completed, or currently in progress), The ability to produce world-class research, including a research plan which supports the activities of the department, Proof that you have contributed to research groups, mentoring early career researchers, The confidence to supervise PhD students, To be willing to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income, Experience of delivering high-quality teaching across lectures and in smaller study groups, with the ability attain fellowship of the HEA, Confident leadership and communication skills, with the willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Deadline: 4 Dec. 2017.

Earlham College (USA:IN)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin Fall 2018
  • The candidate must be able to make a significant contribution to the college's interdisciplinary program in African and African American Studies. Responsibilities include teaching first year intensive writing courses, the African History Sequence (To and Since 1880), and courses in fields of specialization/interests.
  • Ph.D. required.
  • Applicants should send letter of application detailing teaching and research interests, a 300-500 word statement describing the applicant’s ability to contribute to the advancement of Earlham’s goals to be a diverse and inclusive institution, c.v., and three letters of reference to Cheri Gaddis, Earlham College Dept. of History, Drawer 141, 801 National Road West, Richmond Indiana 47374, or submit electronically (preferred) to
  • Review begins 1 Nov. 2017 and continues until position filled.

Hobart & William Smith College (USA:NY)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African History, to begin 1 Jul. 2018
  • The department welcomes scholars of all periods and geographical areas as well as those representing all specialized areas and interpretive approaches. Courses that are interdisciplinary and that place Africa in a global perspective are particularly appealing to our students, who participate in many study abroad and community service programs.
  • Ph.D. in hand by July 2018 strongly preferred
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit by email all material, including a letter of application, CV, a writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and a teaching dossier, to Judy Mahoney-Benzer at Alternatively, material may be mailed to: Judy Mahoney-Benzer, Academic Department Coordinator, History Department Search Committee, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY 14456.
  • For full consideration: 20 Nov. 2017.

Loyola University, Maryland (USA:MD) - Sub-Saharan, pref. ModernEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Sub-Saharan African History (with a preference for the modern period), to begin August 2018.
  • PhD should be in hand by start date
  • Teaching Load 3/3 including "a 100-level survey of African history and a rotating sequence of undergraduate upper-division courses in her or his specialty." Participation in Loyola's African and African American Studies program is likely.
  • To apply, please visit to submit a cover letter, teaching evaluations, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a copy of graduate transcripts. Paper applications will not be accepted. Questions regarding the position or users of Interfolio recommendations should contact Dr. Sara Scalenghe, Chair African Search Committee at
  • Deadline: 1 Nov. 2017.
  • Intend to interview at the AHA.

Loyola University New OrleansEdit

Posted without link to original advert.  Please ALWAYS include a link to the original advert when you add a post AFII (talk) 17:30, June 16, 2017 (UTC)

  • One-year VAP: African, South Asian, or Southeast Asian history.
  • teaching load 4/4, World History
  • deadline June 28, 2017

Marist College (USA:NY) - African or African DiasporaEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African or African Diaspora History, beginning Aug. 2018
  • preference for candidates with a minor field in the Middle East or Islamic World.
  • Area of specialization within each category is open but the successful candidate will be responsible for leading the African Diaspora Program, including mentoring students. Teaching responsibilities include survey courses, First Year Seminars, an introductory African Diaspora course, and upper-level courses created by the successful candidate. Strong commitment to teaching and scholarship is required.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with the Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.
  • To learn more or to apply, please visit Only online applications are accepted Apply Here:
  • For full consideration: 20 Nov. 2017
  • Intend to conduct initial interviews at the AHA.

Mississippi State University (USA:MS) - African or African DiasporaEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in African or African Diaspora history, beginning August 2018.
  • Successful applicants must be able to participate in the department’s specialties of International Security/Internal Safety or Agricultural, Rural and Environmental History.
  • Teaching Load: 2 courses/semester
  • PhD required at time of appointment
  • All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statement. Have three letters of recommendation sent to Professor Alan I Marcus, Professor and Head, P.O. Box H, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
  • For full consideration: 10 Nov. 2017.

Stanford University (USA:CA) - Sub-SaharanEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Sub-Saharan African History, to begin 1 Sept. 2018
  • PhD must be in hand by start date
  • All regions and all time periods will be considered. Applicants will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and to participate in the Center for African Studies activities
  • Application materials must be submitted on-line via . Please submit a letter of application, a brief statement of research interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, one short (chapter- or article-length) writing sample, and descriptions of three African history courses.
  • For full consideration: 5 Sept. 2017.
  • Additional materials requested [27 Sept] (+1)
  • Out of curiosity, what type of additional materials did they request? [29 Sept] --> It was left very open "any written work you would like to share, course syllabi and course evaluation summaries."
  • Received request for a Skype interview [11 October]

Susquehanna University (USA:PA)Edit

  • Assistant Professorship in African History, to begin Aug. 2018
  • A Ph.D. is preferred, but ABDs will be considered.
  • Teaching Load: 3/3 "Teaching responsibilities include survey courses on early and early modern African history, upper-level courses in the area of expertise, and history methodology and research courses. Successful candidates will present evidence of excellence in teaching; the department strongly values student mentoring and active learning"
  • Please submit a letter of application, a CV, a statement on how the applicant will contribute to the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation online at Any inquiries should be sent to the department head, Dr. Edward Slavishak,
  • Review begins: 1 Oct. 2017.

University of Pennsylvania (USA:PA) - [Open rank] West African History, pre-colonial to late 19th centuryEdit

  • Tenured/Tenure-track position as Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, in the history of West Africa
  • Candidates should apply online at Please attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and research statement. Applications for an Assistant Professor position should also include the contact information of three individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit letters to the website
  • Review begins: 16 Oct. 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

University of San Diego (USA: CA)Edit

  • Assistant Professor in African History
  • Geographic specialization and period are open with preference for candidates with strong transnational and global interests. We seek an excellent teacher-scholar who can teach lower and upper-division courses in African history and pursue innovative research in field of specialization.
  • Job Requirements: Applicants should hold a doctorate by the time of the appointment, September 2018.
  • The standard teaching load is 3/3, although faculty automatically receive one course release during their first year. In subsequent years, faculty may secure additional release time by applying for internal faculty research grants. They may also apply for sabbaticals, which are available after six full consecutive years at the University.
  • How To Apply:
  • Applications should be complete by 15 Nov. 2017.
  • Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the AHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 4-7.

Middle EastEdit

Dartmouth College (USA:NH) - Islamic Middle EastEdit

  • Tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of the Islamic Middle East, to start 1 Jul. 2018
  • We invite applications from historians whose primary research fields are in any region or any period
  • PhD must be in hand by start date.
  • Applicants should submit via Interfolio ( a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a representative writing sample
  • For full consideration: 29 Sept. 2017.

Duke University in North Carolina (USA:NC)Edit

  • Assistant Professor of History
  • Conduct research with proven excellence. Teach HST 204 Modern Middle East and HST 359 Radical Islam.
  • To apply, please mail resume to 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Bay 7, Durham, NC 27708. ATTN: Dylan Sugiyama
  • Deadline: not stated in ad - open until filled.

Harvard University (USA:MA) - ModernEdit

  • Tenure-track professor in modern Middle East history, with an emphasis on the Arab world from the late Ottoman to the contemporary era, to begin 1 Jul. 2018
  • Doctorate or terminal degree in History or related discipline by the time the appointment begins.
  • Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( - Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy), Research statement, Publications and writing samples, Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.
  • For full consideration: 15 Oct. 2017 although applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

New College of Florida - Islamic StudiesEdit

  • tenure-track assistant professorship in Islamic Studies, to begin Aug. 2018
  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline by appointment date, teaching experience, a career interest in liberal-arts teaching, and a vibrant research agenda
  • The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in a home discipline such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology as appropriate, with the possibility of secondary appointments in other programs and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • The successful candidate will have a particular specialization in the Islamic world combined with broad training in Islam’s transnational, cross-cultural, and global dimensions; thematic research fields are open, with a preference for scholarly interests involving critical reflection on issues of social justice, gender, globalism, and diversity. Fluency in relevant research language(s) is desired.
  • Teaching Load: 2/2 + individual and group tutorials. Faculty members also provide academic advising, supervise independent study projects, sponsor senior theses, and serve on baccalaureate committees.
  • For full details and instructions to apply:[http://]
  • For full consideration: 1 Nov. 2017

New York University (USA:NY) - Muslim Middle East, 7th-15th c.Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in the history of the Muslim Middle East, broadly interpreted, 7th-15th centuries, to begin September 1, 2018
  • The department is seeking candidates who share its interest in historically and textually grounded, comparative and interdisciplinary approaches; can teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including supervision of doctoral dissertations; and complement the research and teaching interests of current faculty members
  • PhD must be in hand by start date
  • To apply, visit the MEIS website at and use the “Employment” link to submit a detailed cover letter describing research and teaching experience, c.v., writing sample (a published article, conference paper or dissertation/book chapter), syllabi, and three letters of recommendation.
  • Review begins: 1 Nov. 2017 and continues until position filled.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (USA:AR)Edit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in middle eastern history, to begin 16 Aug. 2018
  • Teaching responsibilities include World Civilization history survey courses, upper level and graduate courses, and MA thesis supervision. An active research agenda that will lead to publications is required.
  • Required Education and/or Experience: Ph.D. in history or related field. College level teaching experience required including experience with or willingness to participate in online teaching and learning
  • Application materials must be submitted through the UALR PeopleAdmin online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at . Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Deadline: not stated in ad, ad expires 15 Nov. 2017.

University of Edinburgh (UK:Scot)Edit

  • Lectureship (~asst/assoc prof) in Islamic History, to begin Jan 2018
  • The lecturer will provide teaching and dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels ... The successful candidate will have expertise in the study of Islamic history, 500-1500 CE.
  • apply online
  • Deadline: 5pm gmt 22 Sept. 2017.

University of Pennsylvania (USA:PA) - OttomanEdit

  • Tenure track assistant professorship in Ottoman History
  • We welcome a range of scholarship in Ottoman history, including transnational and imperial perspectives as well as approaches that address the political, ethnic, and religious diversity of the Ottoman world.  Specialists from any period in Ottoman history may apply. We expect that the successful candidate will be able to teach the broad sweep of the empire’s history
  • PhD must be in hand by start date
  • Submit applications online at  Please include letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample approximately 7500 words in length, and the contact information of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation.  Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit letters to the website.  If the writing sample is part of a dissertation or other major project, include an abstract explaining the sample’s relationship to the larger work
  • Review begins: 15 Sept. 2017 and continues until position filled.

University of St. Thomas (MN) - Modern Muslim World / Middle East (post-1500)Edit

  • Full-time, tenure-track position in history of the modern Muslim world/Middle East (post-1500), to begin Fall 2018.
  • Geographic and/or thematic specializations are open.
  • Teaching Load: 3/3 involving "some combination of the following: first-level course(s) such as History of the Middle East and North Africa in Global Perspective or World History for undergraduates who are completing their core area (general) requirement in historical studies and a broad range of upper-level course(s) in the history of the modern Muslim world/Middle East for undergraduate history majors and minors. Opportunities also exist to collaborate with the University's Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center."
  • Education requirements: Ph.D. (U.S. or foreign equivalent degree) in History or a related field required or alternatively, ABD candidates will be considered. All applicants must have demonstrable skills necessary for excellence in teaching.
  • All application materials must be submitted online at Emailed materials, except letters of recommendation, will not be accepted.
  • Candidates will first be asked to (step 1) create an applicant profile and upload the required documents (listed below) and then (step 2) submit an online application and voluntary EEO form. Applicants should then arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the History Department (step 3 - details below).
  • For full consideration: 16 Oct, 2017.

University of Wisconsin (USA:WI) - Ottoman/Middle Eastern HistoryEdit

  • Kemal H. Karpat Professorship in Ottoman History, a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, to begin Aug. 2018
  • We seek a scholar whose work illuminates the Ottoman Empire and the formation of the modern Middle East; research languages must include Ottoman Turkish.
  • PhD must be in hand by start date
  • The successful candidate will offer courses in Ottoman/Turkish history, as well as introductory instruction on the modern Middle East and perform departmental, university and community services as appropriate for faculty rank.
  • Interested candidates should find the position announcement at, click on “Apply Now” and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample of no more than 50 pages. The writing sample may be a self-standing essay, or a chapter from a dissertation or book project. Chapters should be accompanied by a brief outline or statement (less than 2 pages) that sets the chapter in the context of the larger work and its argument. You will be asked to provide contact information for three references; they will each receive an electronic link through which they can upload a signed letter of reference.
  • For full consideration: 12 Nov. 2017 Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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