Assistant Professor of Italian Studies

The Department of French and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of migration, diaspora, and minority Italian Studies. Possible fields of research specialization include but are not limited to: Minority Studies, Cultural Studies, Diaspora and Migration Studies, Gender Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Global Early Modern Studies. Applicants with an expertise in Sociolinguistics within the designated fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

The candidate's research should focus on the question of Italian identity and diasporic and migrant communities. Both Italian as a minority in the Americas and minority groups in Italy are possible fields of specialization. Candidates with an expertise on Italian historical minorities (Jews, Roma), their racialization (the birth of the Ghetto in 15th century Venice and Rome); on new minorities; on the Italian migrant experience as minorities in the US are equally welcome to apply.

We welcome applications from scholars whose work expands beyond the canonical study of Italian culture and brings a variety of transversal, interdisciplinary and ethically informed perspectives to the field. Demonstrated familiarity with both online and in-person pedagogical practices is required. Successful candidates should be prepared to engage with diverse students across the liberal arts and actively attract them to the study of humanities.

Fluency in spoken and written Italian at the highest level of proficiency is essential. Knowledge of other languages is desirable, as we seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our emphasis on transnational studies. The successful candidate will be an active interdisciplinary scholar whose research and teaching will combine expertise which exceeds the traditional field of Italian Studies.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in Italian Studies or a related area and show evidence of research and teaching effectiveness. Candidates whose PhD may be delayed but will complete all the Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed to the rank of Instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.

The target starting date of appointment is August 16, 2024. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

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To apply, create your candidate profile through and submit application materials by November 14, 2023. Applicants must submit (i) a letter of application; (ii) curriculum vitae; (iii) a statement of research interest, (iv) a statement of teaching interests; (v) a writing sample, such as a research paper or a chapter of the dissertation, (vi) contact information for three professional references, as letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date; (vii) a statement detailing how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has contributed to the success of all students, including those from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Illinois' and the College of LAS' commitment to Inclusive Excellence and the success of all students.

We ask that all documents be uploaded in a single .pdf file as an upload in the "Resume/CV" section. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

Questions about the position may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Eleonora Stoppino ( For questions regarding the application process, please contact Illinois Human Resources at 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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