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Lecturer in Discipline (Human Rights)

Institute for the Study of Human Rights
New York City, New York
Posted Date
Mar 23, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details


The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University invites applications for a lecturer in human rights to be appointed in one of the social science or humanities departments of Arts & Sciences. This is a full-time, one-year appointment, with renewal of up to two additional years contingent on successful reviews. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on topics in human rights, engagement in professional academic contexts, and departmental administrative responsibilities at ISHR. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to all aspects of ISHR’s activities including teaching, research, and programming.  

We are interested in candidates whose scholarly work and teaching focus on questions of social justice from a trans-disciplinary human rights perspective, in the US and/or comparatively across international regions. We are especially interested in scholars who study human rights issues of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, refugees, forced migration, histories of colonialism/neoimperialism, and/or Global South perspectives.  

ISHR is responsible for a popular undergraduate major in human rights, a Liberal Studies MA degree in human rights through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a Summer Program in human rights, in addition to several research and capacity-building programs. For details, please see

ISHR is a multi-disciplinary academic unit within the School of Arts & Sciences, where teaching and research draw on various disciplinary approaches and methodologies, interfacing with advocacy programs and other forms of human rights practice. Core areas within our undergraduate curriculum are: Politics and History, Culture and Representation, Political Theory and Philosophy, and Social and Economic Processes. 

The Institute seeks candidates whose research, teaching, and/or professional service demonstrates commitment to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, research, and human rights capacity building. 

Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This appointment will begin July 1, 2023. 


Ph.D. in an appropriate field of science

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruitment (ASR) system. Please upload the following required materials:  CV, cover letter, teaching statement, DEI statement, two letters of reference, sample syllabi (to be submitted as Other Document), and teaching evaluations.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000

Pay Transparency Disclosure: 

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.  The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran


The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) was established in 1978 at Columbia University. ISHR is committed to its three core goals of providing interdisciplinary human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world.

ISHR was the first academic center in the world to be founded on an interdisciplinary commitment to the study of human rights. This remains one of ISHR's most distinctive features. We recognize that on a fundamental level, human rights research must transcend traditional academic boundaries, departments, and disciplines, reaching out to the practitioners’ world in the process, to address the ever-increasing complexities of human rights in a globalized world. ISHR’s emphases on interdisciplinarity, engagement, and globalism draw from and complement the strengths that have long characterized intellectual life at Columbia.

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