Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought

Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought

Amherst College’s Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of global and/or post-colonial legality. The college is committed to cultivating an inclusive and critically engaging educational environment. Nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; close to half of our students are domestic students of color. The successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in working in a department in which students are broadly diverse in matters of gender, race, ethnicity,  nationality, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, and religion.  We seek a colleague who has the scholarly expertise to understand the legal theories, practices, and histories that link disparate areas of the world. We are interested in candidates who conduct research into, for example, the racial dimensions and legacies of colonial legal regimes; the legal aspects of refugee and population movements as a consequence of war, political upheaval and climate change; the shifting place and function of sovereignty in a globalizing world; the ways in which various sorts of rights have been accepted, inflected, translated, and even violently rejected in different legal cultures; and/or the theory, practice, or history of institutions of global legality (such as the I.C.C., the U.N, the W.H.O. the W.T.O., etc.). 


Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester and supervision of senior honors projects. We welcome applications from persons trained in the social sciences, the humanities, and/or law. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching is interdisciplinary.  The position requires a Ph.D. (candidates must have the Ph.D. degree in hand or all requirements for the degree fulfilled by the start of the appointment) or a J.D.  The start date for the position is July 1, 2023. To apply, please submit electronically to a cover letter addressed to Professor Lawrence Douglas, a curriculum vitae, a sample of their scholarship, a teaching statement and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.


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