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The University of Arizona (UA) located in Tucson, Arizona seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Assistant Professor of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Tenure Track. Candidates will be expected to have a PhD in a field represented in the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS); exceptional ABD applicants nearing completion will also be considered. This position requires the ability to design and teach undergraduate and graduate courses and mentor students; and occasional domestic and foreign travel for meetings, seminars, and conferences. This position is non-security sensitive and requires a name-based criminal background check.

The faculty member will conduct cutting-edge research in their field, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. The faculty member will also participate in outreach and contribute to departmental, college, and university service. In these and other ways, the faculty member will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.

A new assistant professor (tenure-track, academic year) position in Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, broadly defined, will be placed in the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). The unit home(s) will be determined at the close of the search.

We are interested in a broad range of social science and historical approaches to the study of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Of interest are human rights issues related to economic and social rights, environmental justice, gender politics, health, humanitarianism, indigenous rights, migrants and refugees, bioethics, and sustainable development. The successful candidate will be well qualified to engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching; have an active research agenda, with research in or centrally related to the Middle East and/or North Africa; have potential for externally supported research; and have an interest in participating in outreach activities. The teaching load is typically two courses per semester. Proficiency in at least one Middle Eastern language is highly desirable (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, or a related language).

The exact field of specialization and PhD is open; the appointment may be made in a single SBS unit or as a joint appointment across two units. See for a full listing of SBS units. SBS includes Anthropology, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography & Development, Government & Public Policy, History, Journalism, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and Sociology, among other units. Given current student interests and the importance of developing certain regional studies within UA Middle East studies, the position has a preferred focus on Egypt, North Africa, or Turkey, although applications from specialists in any area of the Middle East and North Africa are welcome and will receive full consideration.

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Questions should be directed to Prof. Anne H. Betteridge (, Search Committee Chair, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.

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