The Italian Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick), is hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor focusing on Race, Diaspora, Transnational Italian Literature and/or Cinema, with possible specializations in Mediterranean Studies, Black Europe, European Cinema, and Critical Theory, to begin September 1, 2022. 

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research agenda, teach two courses per semester on Black Europe and/or the Global South at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to the academic life of the department by advising undergraduate and graduate students, and serving on the department as well as university-wide committees. The new hire will be part of a cluster in language and racial justice; they will substantially enhance the curricula of different humanities programs while strengthening the already existing synergies among various departments. They would contribute to the initiatives of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice.

Applicants with an interest/specialization in the intersections with Comparative Literature, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies are encouraged to apply. Other areas of research and teaching interest are literary and cinematographic representation and self-representation of migrants, post- and decolonial theory, and the study of literature and cultures from a transnational perspective. The focus might also involve refugees’ political activism in relation to diaspora and the migration crisis.

This position is part of a Humanities cluster hire in Language and Racial Justice and will be part of campus-wide interdisciplinary initiatives, including the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, the Rutgers English Language Institute, the Language Engagement Project, the Language Center, and the Critical Translation Studies Initiative.

Requirements include Ph.D. in Italian, Comparative Literature, Cinema Studies, or related field by September 1, 2022, and fluency in Italian and English.

Posting Close Date: 10/31/2021