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Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies (MES). The position is open to all disciplines, with a preference for the social sciences such as anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. This is a two-year position. We especially welcome candidates who thrive in an interdisciplinary environment, who have experience teaching and supervising undergraduates, and whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives. The successful candidate will serve as the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for the MES concentration (major) and will teach two classes a year: a seminar dedicated to developing honors theses for MES students and a lecture course in the applicant’s area of interest. The DUS oversees the undergraduate curriculum, is the point of contact for current and potential concentrators, provides oversight for the undergraduate advising program, and represents the Department at undergraduate events on campus.

The salary is $56,000/year. Additional funding for programming and research expenses will be considered. Candidate must have permissions to work in the United States.



• Doctorate in the field of Modern Middle East Studies; social scientist is preferred.

• Native or near-native fluency in Arabic.

• Deep knowledge of the intellectual content and research trends of the field of Modern Middle East Studies, in both its social sciences and humanities dimensions.

• Ability to manage and create collaborative networks across multiple constituencies.

• Ability to use institutional databases and learn new software as needed.


Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin June 16, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, the following materials should be submitted prior to that date to the application portal in Interfolio (

1. A cover letter stating the applicant’s academic field, area of specialization, research agenda, and teaching / advising experience.

2. A curriculum vitae.

3. Names and contact information of three references, who will be contacted for short-listed candidates.

4. Proposed class syllabi


Interviews will be conducted by Skype in late-June 2017. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2017.


For further information, please visit the Middle East Studies website ( To contact us, send an email to


Inquiries should be addressed to:

Beshara Doumani

Director, Middle East Studies

Brown University

111 Thayer Street

Providence, RI 02912

+1 401.863.6924


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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