Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

The Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University is seeking applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor in the Literatures of the hemispheric cultures of the Américas, including research from the Pre-Columbian to contemporary periods, with special emphasis on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Department of Comparative Literature is part of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, a consortium of departments that collaborate on curricular and research initiatives and on hiring. Topics of interest include Indigenous and Latinx studies; American poetry and poetics conceived from a comparative, hemispheric perspective; environmental and ecological criticism; interdisciplinary work in the social sciences and humanities. The focus on literatures and cultural practices could include consideration of the multiple and varied systems of meaning- and knowledge-production within what has been termed the decolonized epistemologies of the Global South in the hemispheric Américas.

The candidate will be expected to teach four courses (a mixture of graduate and undergraduate) per year. Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. We anticipate a start date of September 1, 2024. Ph.D. required by the appointment start date. 

Candidates should apply via and submit:

  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • three confidential letters of recommendation
  • a teaching statement
  • a brief statement of research interests (no more than three pages)
  • teaching evaluations (if available)

Finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample. For full consideration, please submit application materials by October 15, 2023.

The Department of Comparative Literature, School of Humanities and Sciences and Stanford University value faculty who will help foster an inclusive academic environment for colleagues, students, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, identities, and outlooks. Candidates may choose to include as part of their research and teaching statements a brief discussion about how their work and experience will further these ideals. Additional information about Stanford's IDEAL initiative may be found here:

The salary range for this position is $105,000– $112,863 for 2023-24.

Stanford University has provided a pay range representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical missions.

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