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The Program in Comparative Literature at Williams College seeks to appoint a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in pre-modern Arabic literature, beginning in the fall of 2015. Specialization is open to any period of Arabic literature before 1800, and scholars with a comparative or theoretical focus are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester on pre-modern Arabic literature. Ph.D. in hand or expected by September 2015; new PhDs are especially encouraged to apply.

The Fellow will be included in the activities of the Program in Comparative Literature as a regular faculty member. The Fellow will work closely with faculty mentors, receive feedback on teaching, and be provided with opportunities to present their research.

The fellowship includes a salary of $44,000 plus benefits and funds to support research and travel. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or expect to pursue a teaching career in the United States. The position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, short descriptions of two potential courses, and three letters of reference by January 15, 2015. All materials should be addressed to Christopher Nugent, Chair, Program in Comparative Literature, and must be submitted through Interfolio at All queries should be directed to

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

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