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History & International Studies (Full-Time, Tenure Track)

American University School of International Service
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Oct 13, 2023

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The Department of Global Inquiry in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line position at the intersection of history and international studies, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 1, 2024. The Department of Global Inquiry is multi-disciplinary and is open to applications from across the social sciences and humanities.

The department is especially interested in someone who can complement and enhance its commitment to thinking critically and historically about changes to contemporary world order, by studying the history of colonialism or decolonization, race, migration, climate change, the transmission of ideas, or trade. Candidates for this position should also be able to teach research design across multiple methodological traditions, including both causal and interpretive research.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working in a multidisciplinary environment that includes political scientists, historians, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and international relations scholars. Preference will be given to applicants whose work is theoretically grounded, empirically rich, and politically relevant.

The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic about teaching international affairs from a multidisciplinary perspective at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach required courses in the school (e.g., research design) and department (e.g., historical international relations). Willingness to mentor PhD candidates in our vibrant PhD program is also desirable.

The successful candidate will also share a commitment to the university’s diversity and inclusion plan. Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in higher education are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in a social science discipline by the start date, though ABD applications will be considered. The standard course load for a tenure line faculty is 2/2, with an annual service requirement. Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin on 1 October 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Interfolio application system []. Applications should include the following:

  • A one-page cover letter detailing your research, teaching and service record to date
  • A current c.v.
  • Sample publications
  • A short teaching portfolio with a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations)
  • A statement describing past examples of your contributions to diversity and inclusion in your scholarship, the classroom, and/or in other professional settings
  • The names and email addresses of three references that Interfolio system can contact for a confidential letter of recommendation

Queries about the search may be sent to Elizabeth Thompson, search committee chair, at, or to Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, department chair, at Queries about the online application system may be sent to SIS faculty affairs coordinator Alissa Iwaniuk ( and

American University is a private institution of higher education in the nation's capital (Please visit for more information). American University's School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs with 3,000 students, 120 full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. SIS faculty produce transformational research and our prime location provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in government, the private sector, and think tanks and other non-profits. Learn more about SIS at and the department at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.


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