University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in Sexuality/Gender/Queer Studies

Position Description

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in sexuality, gender, and/or queer studies, broadly interpreted to embrace disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from the social sciences and humanities. We are interested in exceptional scholars who take innovative, pioneering approaches to such areas of inquiry as the historical and sociological study of how sexuality and LGBTQ cultures have been represented and appropriated in science, technology, and medicine; black queer theory and/or gender and sexuality studies with a regional focus on the Caribbean and/or South America; queer, queer-of-color, and trans theories/studies; and the history of sexuality (any geographic focus) as it engages with issues pertaining to genders, races, and transnational topics.  The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in one of the following departments:  History and Sociology of Science, Africana Studies, or History.   Secondary appointments in other departments can be arranged, as appropriate.   This will be the first in a cluster of appointments in various aspects of sexuality, gender, and/or queer studies.  The successful candidate should therefore have a strong interest in interacting with scholars from other disciplines whose research lies within this overarching theme.  The successful candidate will teach courses in their home department as well as for the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.  Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment.

Application Process

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a research statement that includes the candidate’s perspective on how they fit into one of the core departments, an uploaded publication (either a link to a journal publication or some other writing sample), and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin 10 December, and will continue until the position is filled.  The School of Arts and Sciences is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see:  The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE.  We encourage applications from scholars who are queer, non-binary, minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and/or protected veterans.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).