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Open Rank. tenure track , Social Sciences, China Studies

Princeton University, Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China
Princeton, New Jersey
Closing date
Sep 29, 2023

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Position Type
Open Rank
Full Time
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Level of Experience
Any level of experience considered

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The Wythes Center on Contemporary China at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) seeks to hire a social science scholar working on China.  While the position is open to rank, preference will be given to early-career scholars from the social sciences whose scholarship and teaching combine disciplinary expertise, methodological rigor, and deep regional knowledge of China (including the ability to read, write, and speak Chinese). 

The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in a social science or related department at Princeton.  They will complement our existing strengths and areas of concentration and enjoy cross-disciplinary ties with other units on campus. Princeton is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Interested applicants should apply online here: Please include a curriculum vitae, including a publication list, a statement of research and teaching interests, and a separate statement outlining how the applicant sees themselves contributing to our mission of expanding our strengths in China-relevant social sciences. Please also include the names and contact information for three references. For junior candidates, referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for submitting a confidential recommendation on your behalf. For senior candidates, referees will not be contacted until later in the process. Review of applications will begin immediately but accepted until the position is filled.  For fullest consideration, apply by October 31, 2023.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


The mission of the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China is to advance the study of contemporary China at Princeton University and to provide substantive analysis from social science perspectives of the dramatic sociological shifts taking place in China today. Some of the most prominent examples include features of Chinese society, such as work organizations, the education system, the urban/rural divide, migration, social inequality, marriage and family, ethnicity and religion. Other examples include China’s fast economic growth, its nascent democratization efforts, and technological advances. The emphasis is on understanding social phenomena in China within its historical, cultural, political and economic context. Such study will not only help us understand China, but also other societies elsewhere, including developing and developed countries. Recognizing the importance of China’s place in the world, the Center’s main goal is to help bring together and welcome those whose work focuses on issues that affect China today. The intent of the Center is to give an institutional home for such interdisciplinary collaboration and to bring together faculty and students whose research and work converge. Our activities include a lecture series, graduate student workshops, and an annual PIIRS Global Seminar that will be held in China for the benefit of undergraduate students. Our faculty and students include members from Sociology, East Asian Studies, Economics, Anthropology, Politics, Religion, and the Woodrow Wilson School. The Center also hosts visiting scholars, postdoctoral research associates and other experts on contemporary China. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, visit our signup form. For more information on the Center’s activities, people, and available opportunities, please visit the links above or you can email

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