The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at The Cooper Union invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Advanced Assistant Professor of History with a focus on the Global South. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries, and with a research interest in questions of empire, migration, anti-colonial movements, decolonization, and post-colonial theory. Candidates who develop such questions through urban or environmental perspectives are encouraged to apply.   

Applicants should demonstrate a record of scholarship and plans for future work as well as evidence of undergraduate teaching excellence. While Cooper Union does not offer degrees in HSS, the humanities and social sciences are foundational to the education of the students in the College’s three professional Schools of Art, Architecture, and Engineering. The ideal candidate will have a vigorous research agenda and a genuine desire to teach both electives and a core of introductory courses to non-majors. 

This position also allows for the opportunity to help configure a fresh vision of the HSS core curriculum that is a critical component of our professional degree programs. We seek a colleague who will be capable of and willing to collaborate in teaching and research with faculty from our professional degree programs, as well as committed to and excited about pursuing individual research that takes advantage of the scholarly networks within the broader New York City academic community and beyond. The individual appointed to this position will have a big voice in the future development of a small, focused institution.  

Teaching obligations: HSS faculty are expected to teach two core courses and one elective as part of a 3/3 teaching schedule, with nine credits of course release within the first six semesters. 

Requirements: Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. by the position start date (August 23). Postdocs and visiting assistant professors are encouraged to apply.   

This position is part of several hires at The Cooper Union that will help infuse new perspectives in our evolving interdisciplinary curriculum.  

About the Cooper Union:  

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a private, primarily undergraduate institution enrolling approximately 1000 students. Through outstanding academic degree programs in architecture, art, and engineering, further enriched by a commitment to the social sciences and the humanities, The Cooper Union prepares students to make enlightened contributions to society. The institution provides an engaging, interactive curriculum with distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning in a dynamic setting. Founded as an egalitarian institution, The Cooper Union has always been open to all people regardless of race, gender, religion, or socioeconomic status. The College continues to be a welcoming community for students, faculty, and staff from all walks of life and has focused over the past five years on continuing efforts to expand diversity, equity and  inclusion into the curriculum, the student body, and both  faculty and staff recruitment and retention. 

 Located in Manhattan's East Village, Cooper Union is situated in the heart of New York City. 

About the Faculty of HSS: 

The Cooper Union is committed to the principle that an education in the humanities and social sciences provides the ethical, social, and humanistic framework crucial to personal development, professional excellence, and engaged citizenship. Through their work in HSS disciplines, students gain a deeper awareness of the world in which they must live and act. They learn to think, write, and speak clearly and effectively. Most significantly, an education in the liberal arts offers students the opportunity to become attentive to the social and humanistic implications of their professional work and to acquire the basis for a satisfying cultural and intellectual life. 

Application Instructions:  

Applicants should submit the following materials to

Cover letter 

Curriculum vitae 

Teaching philosophy  

Writing sample 

Sample syllabus 

Name and contact details of three referees  


Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2022 for optimal consideration. We plan to conduct Zoom interviews for selected candidates in January and February, with campus visits to follow in March. 

This is a unionized position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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