Assistant/Associate Professor, Premodern Japanese Literature

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University seeks to make a tenure-track appointment at the rank of either assistant or associate professor in premodern Japanese literature and/or related humanities fields, to begin July 1, 2024. The search invites applications from scholars whose research focuses on pre-20th century topics and who are able to teach Kobun/Bungo. We encourage applications from scholars with any area of specialization in the humanities, including those whose work is interdisciplinary, traverses multiple East Asian languages, and/or is comparative in method. We also welcome scholars whose work engages with forms of premodern language other than Kobun/Bungo and/or have expertise in related fields such as paleography, manuscript cultures, visual and performance cultures, and material history. Applications from early-career scholars are particularly welcome.  The teaching expectation is normally four courses per academic year, plus service to the program.

The appointee must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree or have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. at time of hire. Applicants should have native or near-native fluency in Japanese.

Application Instructions: A letter of application, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation (only required for candidates applying at the assistant professor level), and a sample chapter or scholarly paper (maximum 30 pages) in electronic formats should be submitted online to Interfolio at Please contact Maura Kelly, Senior Administrative Assistant 2, at with any questions.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2023.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Questions about the position should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Aaron Gerow, at

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