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Open Rank Advanced Assistant Professor or Tenured Associate/Full Professor, Immigration History

Department of History
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Competitive based on rank
Posted Date
Aug 9, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, History
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, invites applications for the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History.  The appointment will be a full-time, 12-month appointment at the rank of either Associate Professor with tenure or Professor with tenure (advanced Assistant Professors meeting requirements for tenure at the University of Minnesota will also be considered).  The appointment will begin as early as August 26, 2024.  Rank will depend upon qualifications and experience and be consistent with College and University policy.  Responsibilities include half-time service and teaching in history (a total of two courses over two semesters, at the undergraduate and graduate level) and providing primary vision and leadership as Director of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC), an endowed, interdisciplinary unit in the College of Liberal Arts.


We seek candidates with teaching experience and research expertise in U. S. immigration history in any period from the 19th century through the 21st century and demonstrated intellectual breadth in thinking globally about migration flows and patterns.  We are especially interested in public-facing scholars who engage questions of racial justice, who connect historical patterns and practices with contemporary debates about immigration, asylum, and refugees, and climate related migration, and whose research has the potential to enter into conversation with other fields of history that are represented in the department, including legal and labor history, histories of race, gender, and sexuality, indigeneity, colonialism, empire, and historical memory.  Candidates whose work is interdisciplinary are also strongly encouraged to apply, especially scholars who can engage with our programs in Heritage Studies and Public History and/or Human Rights. The responsibilities of the director of the IHRC include providing intellectual and programmatic leadership to IHRC activities, supervising staff, engaging in community outreach, and fundraising.  With these responsibilities in mind, candidates should be committed to community-engaged scholarship and partnership; building upon recent IHRC initiatives; advocacy and response to and the fostering of public dialogue related to immigration and refugees; and working with the IHRC Archives and immigrant and refugee communities to create, preserve, and share their history.    

Required Qualifications:  A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in history or a related field with a focus on history is required.  Candidates must show evidence of excellence in teaching, a record of distinguished scholarly publication, and administrative experience.  

How To Apply:  Applications must be submitted online at the Application Page at  The posting number is 356783.  The following materials must be attached to your online application: 1) letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a one-page statement describing your vision for the Vecoli Chair and Director of the IHRC that also briefly addresses your administrative experience, and 4) a representative body of writing samples.  We will seek letters of recommendation for those advancing to interviews.  Other additional materials may be requested from candidates at a later date. 

The priority deadline for application materials is October 16, 2023.  This position will remain open until filled. 

For more information about the History Department and the IHRC, please refer to the History website ( and the website for the IHRC ( Questions may be directed to

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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