Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies

The Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies, beginning in fall 2022. Applicants must have native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English. PhD in Contemporary Japanese Literary and Cultural studies or relevant field is required, ABD considered. Of particular interest are candidates whose research focuses on contemporary Japanese popular culture; film and media studies; translation studies; and/or race, ethnicity or gender studies. Demonstrated experience or interest in developing digital humanities research and teaching is highly desirable. Demonstrated ability to bridge language and cultural studies, with secondary interests in applied or anthropological linguistics, intercultural communication, or language socialization in Japan, is also desirable. The successful candidate will be able to teach Japanese language and culture at all levels, along with interdisciplinary courses in English. Teaching load is 2+2.

The successful candidate will benefit from a strong and growing support of interdisciplinary humanities research and teaching at Carnegie Mellon, including such initiatives as the Center for the Arts in Society, Humanities@CMU, and Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room.

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service. We seek to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.  Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about life in Pittsburgh and becoming part of a welcoming institution that inspires innovations.


PhD in Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies or related field. ABD considered.

Application Instructions

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (ET) on November 15, 2021. Applicants should submit 1) a current CV, 2) a cover letter addressing research, teaching, and evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and 3) the names and contact information for three professional references.

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