Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Civilizations and History (South Asian History)

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 04, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of History and the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in South Asian history, broadly defined. Amherst College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Forty-five percent of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 percent are the first members of their families to attend college. Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student's demonstrated need, and 57 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

We welcome applications from candidates in any specialization who are prepared to teach courses in both pre-modern and modern South Asian history, and who have strong commitments to scholarship and to teaching a diverse undergraduate student body. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise senior thesis projects in both departments and to participate in the life of the college. Candidates must have the Ph.D. in history or a related field in hand, or all requirements for the degree must be fulfilled by the start of the appointment on July 1, 2021.

Send a letter of application and curriculum vitae to Candidates who progress beyond the initial review will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and syllabi for two proposed courses. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Trent Maxey, chair of the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, at

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.


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