Assistant Professor, Global Approaches to Gender and Health, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Even during the middle of the Thanksgiving holiday season (at least for those readers in North America), the job market continues its march. The latest relevant posting we’ve seen comes from the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, which

invites applications for a tenure-track position in Global Approaches to Gender and Health, beginning Fall, 2016. While the faculty member selected for this position will have full responsibility in women’s and gender studies, the successful candidate’s tenure home will be in Global, International, and Area Studies (GIAS). We are particularly interested in research agendas that include gender and health as UNC Charlotte is committed to recruiting an interdisciplinary community of scholars who conduct health research. 

Required qualifications include 1) a Ph.D. in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies or in a social science or humanities discipline or another related field; 2)  evidence of scholarly activity in gender and health from a  global / international perspective; 3) evidence of successful teaching; and 4)  a commitment to promote diversity as a value in the program, college, and university.  The candidate must be able to teach courses on gender and health from a global feminist perspective and contribute to the creation of an undergraduate major with a proposed concentration in Gender, Health, and Culture. The ability to teach undergraduate required women’s and gender studies courses, including our large lecture course, Introduction to Women’s Studies, is also required. The selected candidate will also teach upper-level courses, cross-listed courses, and courses in the M.A. graduate certificate program. A commitment to fostering relationships with community partners is also expected.

If this sounds of interest, then make sure to submit your application to UNC Charlotte’s jobs website no later than December 14, 2015. The call for applications notes that the following documents should be attached to applications:  a letter of interest responding to the job qualifications and description; CV; a graduate transcript; a writing sample; and evidence of successful teaching.” In addition to this, three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Sonya Ramsey.

General questions about the position may also be directed to Professor Ramsey.



Assistant Professor, World History, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Another day during this busy application and interview season, another position, this time at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

There, the College of Liberal Arts has announced a search for

a World Historian for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position to begin in fall 2016. The ideal candidate will have training in world history methods and regional expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and/or Southeast Asia. The teaching load is 3/3 and includes upper-division and graduate courses in world history and the candidate’s field of expertise as well as service courses (e.g. introductory surveys, geography, methods, senior seminar). Applicants should have Ph.D. from an accredited university in hand by the time of appointment, evidence of effective teaching, experience and/or interest in online course development, and an active research agenda.

Candidates are expected to have the PhD in hand no later than September 1, 2016 for appointment to the Assistant Professor level, although ABDs will also be considered. To apply, those interested should submit a writing sample, a CV, transcripts, three references, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a cover letter, and a teaching statement to the University’s application platform no later than January 31, 2016.


Lecturer in International History, University of Sheffield

For readers of the Global History Blog looking for a short-term position, here’s an attractive post announced recently at the University of Sheffield, in England. The Department of History there, a recent announcement explains,

is seeking to appoint a one-year fixed-term Lecturer in International History. We particularly welcome applicants from candidates specialising in the twentieth century.

We are one of the most active centres for historical research in the country with a distinguished record of internationally outstanding and innovative historical research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts the Department of History third in its overall rankings and second on the quality of its publications, 42% of which were judged to be 4* or ‘world-leading’. We also have a vibrant postgraduate research culture, and our expertise in applying digital technology to historical research informs scholarship and teaching at every level. We teach the history of all periods from late antiquity to the present day, taking in Europe, South Asia, and the Americas, and attract highly qualified undergraduate and MA students.

The University of Sheffield was voted number one for Student Experience in the Times Higher Education Survey 2013/14 and was awarded Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2011. We are a world-class university in a unique city, offering great opportunities for research-led teaching. The Department was rated highest in the 2015 National Student Survey among Russell Group History departments.

This is an ideal opportunity for a scholar with an outstanding publication record and excellent teaching ability to join one of the leading centres for historical research in the United Kingdom. The successful candidate will have teaching and research strengths within the broad area of international history. You will help design and deliver teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and develop the Department’s research profile through the production of high-quality publications. You will also be expected to contribute to the Department’s presence within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the wider University and, through outreach and knowledge exchange, in Sheffield and beyond.

Candidates for the job, the advertisment goes on to explain, are expected to hold

a PhD in International History or a related subject area (or have equivalent experience), proven teaching and leadership ability and the capacity to carry out high quality research and to disseminate research findings effectively. A willingness to communicate to a variety of audiences is also essential for this position.

The position will be remunerated at between £38,896 to £46,414 annually (Grade 8).

If this all sounds attractive, then make sure to apply no later than December 14, 2015. Applications should be submitted using the University of Sheffield’s proprietary application platform. A link into the system can be found at the bottom of the page with the job announcement (here). For those navigating the system on their own terms, the job reference is “UOS012191.”


Professor in Humanitarian Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)

Here’s a recently posted job in Geneva that should be of interest for frequent readers of this blog. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, a recent posting explains,

invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Full Professor of Humanitarian Studies with a specialisation in the analysis of armed conflict starting on September 1, 2016 or a mutually agreed-upon date. Candidates – men or women – must be knowledgeable in humanitarian studies, an interdisciplinary field that is concerned with the origin and evolution of humanitarian crises, their impact on affected individuals, institutions and societies, as well as the responses that they trigger at local, national and international levels.

Candidates should have a specialisation on armed conflict, with an emphasis on the humanitarian consequences and responses thereto. They must have a strong analytical background, including knowledge of field research techniques and a demonstrated research track-record. Fieldwork is a plus. Candidates must hold a PhD in anthropology, sociology, political science or international relations, and have university-level and executive teaching experience. They must have an ability for collaborative work with colleagues from other disciplines and from the humanitarian sector.

The selected candidate is expected to teach graduate students in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary programmes as well as to engage in executive education for humanitarian professionals. She/he will supervise master’s and doctoral theses.

The teaching language is either English or French. Prior knowledge of French is not required, but the successful candidate is expected to acquire at least a passive knowledge of it within two years of being hired.

The position implies 50% work at the Graduate Institute proper, and 50% work at the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH), a joint centre of the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva.

The Institute reserves the right to fill this position by invitation at any time.

If this sounds of interest, then apply via this link no later than Januar 15, 2016. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Ms. Christiane Collet (more infomation here).


Assistant Professor, Diaspora Studies/Human Rights/Transnational Migration, Miami University

Miami University (located in Oxford, Ohio) has recently announced two relevant positions for global historians, one of which is in Diaspora Studies/Human Rights/Transnational Migration. The Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, notes a recent announcement, seeks a candidate to

focus on migration and mobility to teach introductory courses in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, in addition to advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization; advise students; maintain an active research agenda; and provide service to the institution.  The successful candidate will also contribute to some of the department’s other academic programs: Asian/Asian-American Studies; American Studies; Black World Studies; Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies; International Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

Strong candidates will be scholars with interdisciplinary teaching and research interests in the global forces and frameworks undergirding migration and mobility. Strong candidates also will be scholars whose work engages transnational and diaspora studies broadly defined, with an emphasis on the ways in which race, ethnicity, and/or gender have shaped the conditions of human migration, displacement, and settlement and impacted human rights issues. We encourage applicants whose interests intersect with the study of migration and mobility in historical or contemporary perspective from any number of angles, including (but not limited to) slavery, human trafficking, immigration, as well as the study of migration and refugees.  We welcome details about how the applicant will contribute to the Global & Intercultural Studies Department and its co-major.  

Interested? Applicants may, the advertisement notes, “submit [a] letter of interest and cv to this link.  Direct inquiries may be made to Dr. Jana Braziel.  Screening of applications begins November 30, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  References and additional materials (teaching philosophy, writing sample, etc) may be requested at a later date.”

Miami University’s advertisement notes that while candidates may assume the position without a doctorate in hand, successful applicants will require a PhD in hand by by December 31, 2016 to qualify for for re-appointment to second year.


Assistant Professor in Global Economy, Miami University

Miami University (located in Oxford, Ohio) has recently announced two relevant positions for global historians, one of which is in Global Economy and Inequality. The Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, notes a recent announcement, seeks a candidate

to teach introductory courses in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, in addition to advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization; advise students; maintain an active research agenda; and provide service to the institution.  

The successful candidate will also contribute to some of the department’s other academic programs: Asian/Asian-American Studies; American Studies; Black World Studies; Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies; International Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  [Their] research and teaching focuses on one of more of the following: economic, environmental, social, and/or political inequality in the global capitalist system and/or in socialist economies.  Additionally, strong candidates will be scholars whose work engages economic development theory, including postcolonial critiques, uneven geographies, inequitable political economies, environmental justice, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to global capitalism, globalization and gender, and transnational activism. We welcome details about how the applicant will contribute to the Global & Intercultural Studies Department and its co-major.  

Interested? Applicants may, the advertisement notes, “submit [a] letter of interest and cv to this link.  Direct inquiries may be made to Dr. Jana Braziel.  Screening of applications begins November 30, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  References and additional materials (teaching philosophy, writing sample, etc) may be requested at a later date.”

Miami University’s advertisement notes that while candidates may assume the position without a doctorate in hand, successful applicants will require a PhD in hand by by December 31, 2016 to qualify for for re-appointment to second year.


TPF Executive Director Gives Lecture on Toynbee Prize Foundation and the Evolution of Global History at ISS (Yale University)

Visiting International Security Studies at Yale University this previous week, Toynbee Prize Foundation Executive Director Timothy Nunan gave a talk entitled “Perspectives on International and Global History: A View from the Toynbee Prize Foundation.” Appearing before a mixed audience of undergraduates, Master’s students, PhDs, post-doctoral fellows, and professors, Dr. Nunan provided a brief overview of the history of the Foundation, intertwining his chronological narrative with a broader account of the rise of global history as a discipline unto itself.

In his talk, Nunan drew on the results of the Toynbee-sponsored October 2015 conference at Princeton University, “The Transformation of Global History,” to structure his remarks. Since its founding in the late 1970s, he explained, the Toynbee Prize Foundation was committed to fostering a globalist mindset. But throughout much of its first decade in existence, the quality of scholarship that thought of itself self-consciously as “global history” was rather limited. As the Princeton conference (organized by Princeton PhDs Benjamin Sacks and Natalie Berkman) emphasized, the enterprise of methodologically non-nationally conceived works emerged only haltingly. As scholars at that conference emphasized, while one might think of early works such as  Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s The Discovery of India, French historian Pierre Villar’s History of Spain pushed mid-20th century post-colonial audiences and Europeans to think beyond the bounds of the nation-state, it was arguably only in the late 1960s and early 1970s that global history approaches as we know them today truly emerged: Sidney Mintz’s Sweetness and Power, or Alfred W. Crosby’s The Columbian Exchange, to take two works discussed in depth at the Princeton conference. These works had a tremendous influence on scholars at the time, while the post-1970s re-globalization (whether seen in terms of trade statistics, détente, the global oil economy, or transnational activism) further spurred scholars’ interest in using history as an angle to answer questions not bound by the nation-state.

Hence, by the late 1980s and early 1990s–by which time MIT historian Bruce Mazlish assumed leadership of the Foundation–the setting was ripe, in a way it had perhaps not been a mere decade earlier, for the Foundation to adjust its focus to promoting global history scholarship per se, rather than the global thinkers who had stood at the center of its activities during its first decade of existence. Indeed, as the Cold War stimulated further interest in what the next big global condition was—an end of history or a clash of civilizations, for example—the public hunger for historical approaches to inform present-day dilemmas only grew. Works like the edited volume Conceptualizing Global History (edited by Bruce Mazlish and Ralph Buultjens) spoke to the mood of the moment.

As the TPF organized numerous conferences devoted to what was then dubbed the “new global history” and scholars like Akira Iriye (a TPF Trustee) enriched the debate with works like Cultural Internationalism and World Order (1997) or Global Community (2002), the “scene” grew more and more sophisticated. Helping, too, was the increasing sophistication of works by scholars of the British and French empires, as well as of U.S. diplomatic history; indeed, since the late 1970s, too, these fields had been transformed by new journals that provoked an “imperial turn” in their fields and turned the study of US foreign relations into a thriving subfield with debates of its own.

These events in many ways spawned the landscape we see today, one in which efforts to write global histories are well inside the mainstream of contemporary historiographic debates. Still, noted Nunan, there are several points on which one might hesitate about the global history enterprise itself. As a recent debate about the reception of an edited volume on global intellectual history highlighted, questions of Eurocentricity and the subordinate role that the non-West may be assigned to play in ostensibly emancipatory global frameworks remain open.

More prosaically, but also importantly, scholars like Margrit Pernau have expressed worries about the rush for younger scholars to trumpet their work as “global” without having the requisite philological base to tackle the questions that interest them. Sometimes, the specific “toolkits” of languages scholars would need to research certain topics are not offered by any one university, require protracted specialist training, or may run awry of professional expectations about the “proper” methodological background for fields whose hiring patterns remain predominantly national.

Finally, drawing on a recent discussion held between Andreas Eckert and Indra Sengupta, Nunan commented on the post-colonial inequalities that scholars must remain aware of if they wish to embrace “the global” in an honest way. What are the ethics involved when scholars from well-endowed, primarily Western universities, enlist multiple post-colonial archives to create ambitious “global” narratives that may—implicitly or explicitly—seek to “overcome” national narratives? If the risk for 19th century Africans and Asians was to become denizens of a “continent without history,” how do global history approaches today play in nations with only a very limited tradition of national history? Questions of the proper kind and scale of collaboration with colleagues from these settings abide.

The lecture was followed by a round of enthusiastic questions about—and criticisms of—the discipline of global history today. Some questioners asked what it meant, precisely, to write the “global history of a country” and if national history and global history approaches inherently stand at odds with one another. Scholars of political science praised the broad systematic questions that global history has to offer, but wondered whether the Foundation’s existing Global History Forum interviews had done enough to engage with similar lines of questioning in other disciplines. Others had questions about the relationship between ostensibly similar methodological projects: what distinguishes “global history” from “big history,” for example?

Questions from scholars like Yale historian Jenifer Van Vleck—a former interviewee on the Global History Forum—opened up a broader discussion about the evolution of the field in the last several decades. When she and other Americanists were beginning their graduate study, noted Van Vleck, works that self-consciously branded themselves as global or transnational were all the rage. Today, however, there is much more guarded skepticism about the way these terms are used: the history of bilateral relations between the United States and another country could be well worthy of study, but it would be a triumph of marketing over substance if such projects about foreign relations were branded “global history.” Of interest, she noted, is the ways in which terms like “the global” or “globalism” themselves emerged at different periods in history.

ISS Director Paul Kennedy agreed, observing that the rise of global history as a discipline itself dovetailed with significant shifts in the “journal landscape” for historians and political scientists since the late 1970s. Not only were significant journals like Diplomatic History and International History Review themselves only established in the late 1970s; throughout the 1980s, Kennedy noted, national fields established journals of imperial studies that themselves created career paths for scholars that did not necessarily run through mainstream generalist journals such as Past and Present or The American Historical Review. This move toward specialization created fruitful sub-disciplines for scholars of, for example, France’s empire in Africa, but what effects did it have on bigger debates within the field about the relationship between imperial history and global history? These questions abide.

Kennedy also noted that the kinds of projects sponsored by ISS themselves were a useful barometer for the development of the field: if, in the 1980s, projects tended to focus on pre-1913 diplomatic history, since the mid-1990s there had been a marked shift towards a “new international history” that focused less on “what the diplomats had to say.”

As other questioners noted, however, the very upswing in interest in global history might be a cause as much for reflection as for celebration. When practitioners told audiences that they worked on “global history” in the early 1970s, the general impression was that “world history” or “global history” was in the boondocks—an enterprise perhaps of interest to general audiences, but not a real scholarly discipline. It is in part thanks to the works of the historians mentioned above (and discussed at the October 2015 Princeton conference) that the field has earned a certain amount of respectability, even excitement. But as Van Vleck’s question suggests, the question persists: what next? Needless to say, the Toynbee Prize Foundation is committed to exploring the debates around the proper answer to this question in our ongoing survey of the field.

The Toynbee Prize Foundation again thanks International Security Studies (ISS) for sponsoring Dr. Nunan’s talk. ISS at Yale was founded in 1988 and is directed by Paul M. Kennedy. It is supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Jewett Foundation, and the Friends of ISS. John Lewis Gaddis directs the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, which operates under ISS’s auspices.

Readers of this account who are interested in contributing to the Toynbee Prize Foundation as editors-at-large are reminded of that scheme.


Assistant or Associate Professor, Geography and Global Ethics, The Pennsylvania State University

Here’s another interesting job posting for this time of year, this time in Geography and Global Ethics at The Pennsylvania State University. “The Department of Geography and The Rock Ethics Institute at The Pennsylvania State University,” the advertisement notes,

invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor rank. We seek an individual whose research explores the social, political, racial, technological and/or environmental dimensions of human vulnerability and global ethics. An ideal candidate will have a well-developed approach to ethical reflection in their research and teaching, and we expect this new faculty member to contribute to campus-wide global ethics initiatives. Candidates should combine cutting-edge theoretical expertise that is well positioned for extramural funding, with a strong commitment to teaching with engagement in research. We seek candidates that adhere to Penn State’s tripartite mission of excellence in research, teaching and service.  

This position is one of twelve tenure-track appointments funded by Penn State (www.psu.edu) to augment its mission in the important area of ethics. The university is embarking on a transformative series of co-funded hires in ethics designed to ensure that Penn State becomes a leader in ethics-informed interdisciplinary research and the integration of ethical literacy throughout the Penn State curriculum. Co-funded faculty will be hosted as affiliate faculty in the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute. The Rock Ethics Institute supports climate science, policy and ethics, and global ethics among its priority areas. With this position, we are seeking candidates who will build upon the Department’s and the Rock Ethics Institute’s tradition of excellence in collaborative, interdisciplinary ethics research and ethically informed decision support for significant societal issues, as well as their success in integrating ethics into the curriculum.

We are looking for individuals who will be effective in working on and leading interdisciplinary teams that embed ethical analysis into research projects including decision support research and who have experience and interest in integrating ethics in undergraduate and graduate curricula. Faculty who are hired will be Affiliate Faculty in the Rock Ethics Institute and will receive a one-course release for the first five years designed to enhance collaboration with faculty and students on existing ethics research and curricular initiatives as well as build new initiatives and programs across campus in conjunction with the Institute’s mission.

If this sounds of interest, apply—applications are due no later than January 12, 2016. Interested parties should go to Penn State University’s internal job search site (here) and apply for job number 60415. There, “applicants should upload: 1) a letter describing how they would contribute to the Department’s teaching and research program; 2) a statement of how their work is relevant to the University and Rock vision and how such a position is likely to augment their own work; 3) a complete curriculum vitae; 4) a maximum of five reprints; and 5) the names and addresses (including e-mail and fax) of three to five referees.”

The review of applications will begin January 12, 2016, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Binational Research Tandem Program in Global History and Trans-Regional History, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Another autumn day, another opportunity for scholars of global history—this time at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. As a recent announcement explains, the GHI,

in cooperation with the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University, is now offering German and North American scholars the opportunity to develop binational research tandems which link up two academics, one from Germany and one from North America, to work on projects which engage with global history or use trans-regional approaches and contain productive areas of overlap either in their topics or in their conceptional frameworks. The tandem program presents an excellent opportunity for scholars from Germany and North America to develop their expertise by collaborating closely, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields.

The program is designed for postdoctoral, mid-career, and established historians from Germany and North America. We welcome applications both from individuals who would like to find a partner for collaboration and the sharing of ideas from the other country/region and from previously formed binational partnerships. Preference will be given to candidates doing original research for a new book project.

The program should appeal not just intellectually but also materially. The advertisement continues:

Starting in September 2016, the successful applicants will be in residence at the GHI and invited to participate in GHI activities and events. They will be expected to plan and convene a joint conference or workshop, which will be funded by the GHI, as well as to give a public lecture at Georgetown University. The fellows will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing their research agendas.
Funding will be provided for a 12-month stay at the German Historical Institute Washington, DC. The monthly stipend will be graded, depending on the academic status applicants will receive between 3.000 and 6.000 Euro per month (or the equivalent in USD); for specific amounts please visit the GHI website. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip economy airfare to the US.


If this sounds of interest, then make sure to submit your application no later than January 10, 2016. “To apply,” explains the call for applications,

please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently achieved qualification, a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max), a one-page proposal for a conference or workshop, two samples of your academic writing (an article or a book chapter), and the names and contact details of two referees. While applicants may write in either English or German, we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Please submit your documents in a single PDF file to: fellowships@ghi-dc.org 

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than the middle of February 2016.


Assistant Professor in World History, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Fresh off of our recent posting of a position in world history at Emerson College, here’s another opportunity for scholars of world history located in the Boston area, this time at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Founded in 1873 as the first free-standing public school of art and design in the United States, the College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of World History, who will be responsible for the

teaching of world history, including trans-cultural comparative perspectives, within the Social Sciences division of the Liberal Arts Department. The ideal candidate will demonstrate deep knowledge of at least one area of non-western history, along with the ability to address contemporary issues in historical context, from their roots in the past to their effects today. Ph.D. in History must be in hand at the time of appointment.

Duties for the position involve developing and offering electives in some of the following–or related–fields:

• The emergence of “globalization” and its political, cultural, and economic implications

Present-day social and political conflicts and their historical roots

The slave trade, slavery, and the African diaspora

Major figures, movements, and events in the history of political freedom and economic and social justice (e.g. Mohandas Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, Leymah Gbowee, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948)

• International collaborations toward human rights and humanitarian aid (Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, The United Nations)

Colonialism and and Post-Colonialism

Courses within his or her field of specialization that may be of interest to our students

Occasional theme-based courses, reading intensive freshman seminars designed to introduce students to collegiate academic study

The College also adds that candidates hired will need to have both the PhD in hand and at least three years’ worth of teaching experience, and demonstrated excellence in teaching.

If this sounds like you, then consider applying via the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s application system, through this link. The review of applications, the announcement notes, will begin on January 4, 2016, and continue until filled.