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Open Rank - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Asian American Studies

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Social Sciences and Humanities

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) at Northeastern University seeks nominations and applications from scholars for multiple openings in Asian American Studies, with an expected start date of Fall 2022. Appointments will be made at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor with tenure, or Full Professor with tenure. Successful candidates will have a distinguished scholarly record and demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and leadership. This multi-position search is open to applicants with a Ph.D. from disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and we especially welcome scholarly expertise in any of the following: law, governance, and social justice; migration and diaspora; critical technology studies; health humanities; political economy; literature, art, and social movements; visual studies; Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Studies; public and/or digital humanities.

Successful candidates will have a partial appointment in the Asian Studies Program and have a tenure home in an appropriate department in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities or in the University. Candidates may have a cross-college appointment with the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD), if appropriate, or may affiliate with one of our research centers dedicated to work at the nexus of race and social justice, including the Boston Area Research Initiative and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks or the Institute on Race and Justice.


Successful candidates will advance the undergraduate programs in Asian American Studies and Asian Studies as well as their home departments. They will also support the University’s commitment to innovation and interdisciplinary research and teaching as well as the Program’s vision of the transformative power of culture as an instrument for social change and innovation. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to fostering diverse and inclusive environments as well as to promoting experiential learning, which are central to Northeastern University education. The College is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes nominations and applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia.


A Ph.D. in Asian American Studies or related field is required by the appointment start date. A joint appointment within an appropriate department in or beyond the College is possible.

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Additional Information:

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is the home of the Experiential Liberal Arts. Through its research, teaching, and engagement missions, the college collaborates across the university, the Northeastern network, and partners around the globe.  We are strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcome nominations and applications from members of groups underrepresented in academia. Successful faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a record of research and teaching excellence and a commitment to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Strong candidates for this position will have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. 

Applicants will be asked to indicate their discipline or field on the online application form. Applications should include a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, research statement, writing sample, and contact information for at least three letters of recommendation.


To apply, please go to and click on the link for full-time positions or full-time interdisciplinary positions or if viewing this description on the Northeastern University website, click “Apply to this job.” Please address nominations and inquiries about the position to Professor Philip Thai, Chair of the Asian American Studies Search Committee, at Review of applications or nominations will begin December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.



Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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