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Harvard University Tenure Track Professor of Comparative Literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Tenure Track Professor of Comparative Literature

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Comparative Literature

Position Description

The Department of Comparative Literature seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in comparative literature. We are committed to diversity in perspectives, in methods, and in our student and faculty populations. International applicants are welcome. Candidates should be anchored in the literary disciplines, and must demonstrate substantial work with original-language materials in at least two languages, with a comparative, interdisciplinary, and/or transmedia focus. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2023. Teaching duties will include four courses a year at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants must have received the PhD or equivalent degree or show clear evidence of planned receipt of the degree by the beginning of employment.

Additional Qualifications

We particularly seek candidates who pursue the innovative and/or unusual in their methods, objects of study, or modes of scholarship and teaching, and who are pushing the boundaries of comparative study. These may include areas such as experimental humanities, media-based practices, digital humanities, and more for which we don’t yet have a name.

Special Instructions

Applications should be received by November 1, 2022. Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (

  1. Cover letter

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)

  4. Research statement

  5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas

  6. Names and contact information of 3 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the application has been submitted. The application is considered complete only when three letters have been received.

  7. One or two writing samples (dissertation chapter and/or article)

  8. Optional: a portfolio of other relevant scholarly work

Candidates who become finalists for the position will be asked to provide a complete dissertation (or existing draft).

Contact Information

Faton Limani, Department Administrator, Department of Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Dana Palmer House, 16 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy, and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 3


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