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Assistant Professor of Southeast Asia

Rice University
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 23, 2023

The Department of Transnational Asian Studies at Rice University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the study of Southeast Asia, with a preferred sub-field in Asian-American/Diasporic Studies, Medical Humanities, Environmental Studies, Science and Technology, or the study of Gender and Sexuality. The department priority is to bring in a scholar whose research explores Southeast Asian societies in a variety of contexts, including the different geographies of Southeast Asia (inland, coastal, and maritime) and/or the transnational reach and impact of the people and cultures of that region.

The Department of Transnational Asian Studies is housed in the School of the Humanities and employs the full range of methods of cross-disciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Our department is unique in its focus on transnational, transhistorical, and global movements of peoples, ideas, practices, and cultures of Asia, including that of the diaspora. Rather than viewing Asia as a collection of bordered nation-states, we re-imagine it as a series of regional and global transformations, influences, migrations, trade, and political formations. The Department of Transnational Asian Studies works in close collaboration with the Chao Center for Asian Studies, which functions as the premier research hub for Asia-affiliated Rice faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows.

Successful applicants must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to effective and inclusive teaching. The appointment begins on July 1, 2024. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand before the start of the appointment in a discipline of the Humanities or related interdisciplinary field, such as Asian and Asian-American Studies, Philosophy, Religion, History, Literature, Film and Media, Science and Technology, or Sexuality and Gender. Rice University and the Department of Transnational Asian Studies seek candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to the development of a campus that supports equality and diversity.

In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful candidate will teach four courses (2/2) in a normal academic year. Applicants must be committed to superior undergraduate teaching but opportunities for advising and teaching Ph.D. students in other humanities disciplines exist.

Please submit your application by November 15, 2023. Application materials must include a letter of application, CV, teaching statement, diversity statement, three letters of recommendation, and two writing samples of approximately twenty pages each. Finalists will also be asked for teaching evaluations (if available).

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic museum district and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. The fourth largest and most diverse city in the United States, Houston provides an opportunity for scholars to collaborate with area universities, museums, the Texas Medical Center, and civic organizations, and to engage with the broader metropolitan community. Rice University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of over 4,000 undergraduates and a nearly equal number of graduate students. Rice is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report, and is ranked No. 1 for race/class interaction and No. 1 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Its hallmarks include a very high level of research activity and intellectual innovation and a commitment to diversity at all levels.

General information about the department can be found at . Questions about the position may be addressed to Professor Lisa Balabanlilar at

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Rice University Standard of Civility Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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