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Assistant Professor, Comparative Media Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor, MIT Comparative Media Studies

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Program in Comparative Media Studies in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science in Cambridge, MA seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2022 or on a mutually agreed date thereafter. A PhD in Media Studies or a related field by start of employment, and a record of publication and research activity are expected. We seek applicants in one or more of the following specializations: 1) media industries 2) computational media. We are particularly interested in scholars taking an intersectional approach to issues of gender, sexuality, and/or race/ethnicity in their work. Specializations within media industries may include: production and/or circulation studies; political-economic approaches to emerging media platforms and platform economy; synthetic media/virtual production; games and responsive narrative systems; the ongoing processes of industry consolidation; and issues of labor, equity, and social justice. Specializations within computational media may include, but are not limited to: digital media art; information visualization; and algorithmic disruption of media industries.

The successful candidate will bring competence in media studies and will work in one or more of the program’s dimensions of comparativity (historical, methodological, cultural), and across media forms, including but not limited to sound/music, screen-based media such as film/television/games, and other forms of social and computational media.

The position requires teaching in both our graduate and undergraduate programs (the graduate program is currently on hiatus), as well as participating in the intellectual and creative work of the department and the Institute. The ideal applicant will demonstrate a sustained commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion, in both their scholarship and pedagogy.

CMS/W offers innovative teaching and research that apply critical analysis, collaborative research, and design across a variety of media arts, forms, and practices. We maintain a full roster of research initiatives, labs, and outreach activities (see for more information). The program embraces comparativity and collaboration, working across MIT’s various schools and between MIT and the larger media landscape.

MIT is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer; we seek a diverse pool of applicants.

Applications consisting of a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a statement of current and future research plans, 1–2 publications, andnames of at least three suggested references should be submitted online by November 1, 2021 at the following link: Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Heather Hendershot, at



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