Assistant Professor of History, Tenure-Track

Vanderbilt University

Job Type: Faculty, Tenure Track

Application Deadline: October 30, 2021


The Department of History at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in environmental history, defined broadly to include, but not limited to, histories of environment or climate; the development of the environmental sciences; race and environmental justice; economic, legal and policy histories of environmental regulation; and indigenous and/or non-western societies’ environmental practices.

The candidate will be expected to contribute actively to the new Climate Studies major, which is part of a group of broad initiatives on climate change across the university. The position will be housed in the Department of History, and half of the teaching will be courses that count toward the Climate Studies major.

Preferred strengths include but are not limited to expertise in regions outside North America or in regional or global processes encompassing North America. We are interested in research that connects environmental history with legal, economic, or race and diaspora studies, or the history of science, medicine, and/or technology. The successful candidate will find a supportive community in the Department of History; in relevant interdisciplinary programs such as Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Medicine, Health, and Society; and in thriving communities in African-American and Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in history or a related historical field in hand at the time of appointment, August 15, 2022.

To be considered, please submit your application by October 30, 2021 with the following materials: cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, writing sample (maximum 10,000 words), statement of teaching philosophy and approaches to diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and three letters of recommendation.

Applications are only accepted through Interfolio [http://apply.interfolio.com/94543 ]. Inquiries about the position may be sent to Professor Ruth Rogaski (ruth.rogaski@vanderbilt.edu). Interviews of finalists will be conducted by Zoom in November and December 2021. The successful candidate will begin the position in August 2022.

Vanderbilt is a highly selective Research 1 university with a diverse student body. It is located in the vibrant city of Nashville, TN, one of the country’s most rapidly growing metropolitan areas with burgeoning health, technology, and culture industries. Greater Nashville is home to multiple colleges, music venues, and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the National Museum of African-American Music.

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Posted: September 28, 2021