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Assistant Professor - International Studies (South Asia and Its Diasporas)

Simon Fraser University, School for International Studies
Vancouver, British Columbia (CA)
Closing date
Nov 4, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty, Tenured
Full Time
Area Studies, Asian Studies
Organization Type
Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered

Job Details

Applications are being sought for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to be housed in the School for International Studies with 50% dedicated workload in the Global Asia Program at Simon Fraser University, with expertise in South Asia starting July 15, 2023. Preferred research areas are indigeneity; settler colonialism; migration and diasporic community; and/or climate justice and responses to climate change. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates working within a social science framework, with preference for disciplinary training in History; Law and/or International Law; Asian Studies; American Studies; and/or Asian diaspora studies.
The successful candidate must hold a PhD in History; Law and/or International Law; Asian Studies; American Studies; and/or Asian diaspora studies or a closely related field by the employment start date. However, PhD candidates with solid indication of imminent completion may be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor upon completion of the PhD. The preferred candidate will be engaged in interdisciplinary research on South Asia within its global context, which may include South Asian diasporas. Candidates should have a teaching record that approaches South Asia from cross-border and global perspectives. Innovative pedagogy and a commitment to community outreach and engagement is an advantage. 
The School for International Studies is an interdisciplinary unit with research and teaching programs focused on peace and security; international development; human rights and international law; and governance and civil society. The Global Asia Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that brings together the study of Asian and Asian diasporic people, places, and societies. The normal teaching load for this full-time position is four courses per year, taught in two of three terms, with the third for research.

Simon Fraser University is a leading Canadian public university (consistently ranked #1 by Maclean’s Magazine for best comprehensive university in Canada). We earn top marks for our world-class social science research, award winning students and faculty, and new library acquisitions. 

Applications will be treated in confidence and should include: a cover letter, statements of research and teaching experience/philosophy (no more than 2 pages each); a curriculum vitae; 1 writing sample (no more than 30 pages); and the names and contact information for three referees. Preference will be given to applications received by November 10th, 2022. Sample syllabi and a diversity and inclusion statement may be asked from short-listed candidates at a later date. This is a junior faculty position. Only those eligible to be appointed or promoted to the rank will be considered. This position is subject to the availability of funding.
Materials should be sent in one pdf file via email only to (letters of reference should be sent directly from the letter writers).  In the subject line of the email, indicate the following information: “2022 Assistant Professor Application, (Applicant Name).”  Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Megan MacKenzie (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration.

Simon Fraser University is a public institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision; SFU works to advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. SFU has adopted the recommendations of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council report, has adopted the recommendations of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council report and committed to the strategic hiring of Indigenous scholars across the University and on September 13, 2021 passed a motion in its Senate in support of the hiring of 15 Black scholars. SFU is also committed to developing curricular programs that incorporate knowledges historically devalued by the university, such as the Global Asia Program and Indigenous Studies. SFU’s Black Caucus and Queer Faculty Network are two examples of faculty-led initiatives making safer scholarly spaces and uplifting the work of historically marginalized colleagues. The appointment committee enthusiastically welcomes applications from scholars belonging to underrepresented groups. 
Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further information see: 
We acknowledge the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Samiahmoo and Tsawassen peoples on whose unceded territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses reside. In so doing, we acknowledge Indigenous stewardship both past and present. Our words of recognition indicate our aspiration to create a space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices. 


Established in 2006, the School for International Studies offers interdisciplinary research and teaching on international affairs. Drawing from the disciplines of Economics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, History, Sociology, and Anthropology, the School is interested in the interconnected areas of peace and security; international development; human rights and international law; and governance and civil society. Faculty members research and write on themes that include global trends in political violence; security; trafficking; international relations theory; the causes and consequences of state failure and of civil wars; post-conflict reconstruction; civil society and democratization; international criminal justice; the history of intelligence; Islam and politics; and growth and poverty in the context of economic globalization.

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