Assistant Professor of Transnational Italian Studies


Assistant Professor of Italian: Transnational Italian Studies, The Ohio State University (Apply by Nov. 15, 2023)

The Department of French and Italian in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Transnational Italian Studies whose scholarship engages multiethnic Italy, Italy’s colonial past, and/or African diasporas in Italy. We seek a scholar with a research agenda in both screen studies and literature. Preference will be given to candidates with proven interdisciplinary interests in fields such as Mediterranean studies; human rights and critical refugee studies; race/racialization theory; de-colonization and empire studies; and/or gender studies.  

We seek a colleague who will: develop General Education courses in English that appeal to a diverse student body; teach joint French-Italian graduate seminars (in English); advise our graduate students; and connect and collaborate with students and colleagues from departments and centers across our campus, such as Comparative Studies; African American and African Studies; Film Studies; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and The Mershon Center for International Security Studies.   


Education and Experience Requirements 

Required: Native or near-native proficiency in Italian and English; PhD in Italian studies or a related field required at time of appointment which is August 15, 2024. ABDs welcome to apply. Applicants should demonstrate achievement or strong promise of scholarly success. 

Desired: Candidates should demonstrate attentiveness to building a diverse intellectual community in alignment with Ohio State’s shared values


About Columbus  

Located in Ohio’s capital city, Ohio State’s Columbus campus is near the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation, and technology industries. Additional information about the Columbus area is available here.   


How to Apply 

Apply to the Careers at Ohio State website at A competitive application consists of the following required elements: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate research and teaching statements, a writing sample (in English or Italian), and three letters of reference.  


Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Jonathan Combs-Schilling at

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has established Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their loved ones. Service offerings include dual careers partner consultations, identifying potential employers and/or employment opportunities, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and in the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are provided to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering or transitioning to The Ohio State University.   

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies.  

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. 

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