Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of American History with a Global Focus

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Aug 2024

The School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University invites applications for the position of either tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor of American history with a global focus based at the Department of English.

The tenure-track assistant professorship begins with a full-time, five-year appointment as an assistant professor with a view to permanent employment as a tenured associate professor. For information about attaining tenure, see ‘Tenure review and the tenure-track assistant professorship’ below.

The associate professorship is full time and tenured.

Applicants must state the category of position (tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor) for which they are applying. Applications in which this is not specified will not be considered.

The appointment begins on 1 January 2025, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Communication and Culture is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.

The position

We are looking for an applicant with a specialisation in the history of the United States of America or a closely related field in American studies. Candidates with an interdisciplinary orientation towards one or more areas that bridge the humanities and social sciences (such as cultural studies or gender studies) are particularly welcome to apply.

We envision a colleague concerned not only with American history, society, politics and culture but also with the processes whereby societies and cultures interact and influence each other. Individuals able to contribute to the development of our students’ knowledge, skills and competences in subjects related to interculturality (such as migration and transnational identities) are encouraged to apply.

In sum, we are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will enhance the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally and contribute to Aarhus University’s core activities in the areas of research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange.


We particularly welcome applications from Americanists with a global, international and/or transatlantic focus, whose research foregrounds the relations between the United States and the wider world. Applicants working within, across and beyond national boundaries are encouraged to demonstrate how their research connects American history and society with multiple other English-language nations and cultures.

The successful applicant will be expected to take a role in developing research in the areas of American history, society, politics and culture. The successful applicant will be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research internationally as well as making scholarly contributions to developments within the field. The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to research initiatives in relation to both the field of American history or a closely related field in American Studies and the research community at the department in terms of new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners and in terms of external research funding applications. The ability to demonstrate a relevant and dynamic interdisciplinary research agenda will be considered an advantage. Candidates with a demonstrated ability to employ cutting-edge research methodologies to address complex questions are strongly encouraged to apply.

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