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Assistant Professor of Italian Medieval literature and culture

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
Not specified
Posted date
Aug 22, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Foreign Languages & Literatures
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Italian Medieval literature and culture.  We seek candidates with strong interdisciplinary interests, scholarly depth, and a capacity for innovation. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester and including required and elective courses in Italian and Romance Studies. He or she will be expected to contribute to the building of new and innovative programs across the romance fields and university-wide. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2018. 

Candidates may specialize in any area of Italian medieval studies (including Dante or Boccaccio Studies, the literature of the duecento or trecento, manuscript studies, the religious lyric, early prose, and the Sicilian School), but are expected to have a broad overall command of Italian literary history. Cross-disciplinary interests and training in such fields as history, anthropology, music, cultural economics, media history, and the history of art and architecture, among others, are welcome.


Assistant professor, faculty, tenure track, Medieval Italian Studies, Dante, Boccaccio, Italian, cultural history and theory, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

Qualifications: Doctorate in Italian Studies or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Italian and fluency in English are required, as is demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. An in-depth knowledge of other romance languages and literatures is encouraged. 

Special Instructions:  Please submit the following materials through the ARieS portal. Complete applications are due by October 20, 2017.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching statement (approximately 500 words)
  4. Research statement (approximately 500 words)
  5. Names and contact information of 4 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated e-mail to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Four letters of recommendation are preferred, but the application can be considered complete when at least three letters have been received. All recommendation letters must be submitted by November 1, 2017.
  6. Sample of scholarship (10,000 word maximum)

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Contact Information: Professor Jeffrey Schnapp, Chair of Search Committee, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contact Email: Mike Holmes,

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