Assistant/Associate Professor in Modern Islam and Liberal Democracy

The University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for the Irfan and Noreen Galaria Assistant or Associate Professor in modern Islam and liberal democracy, to begin in Fall 2020. Regions of expertise may include Europe and North America, the Middle East and Africa, South, South East, or Central Asia; and methodology and approach are open. We welcome candidates whose research interests include religious, social, and political thought in the contemporary Muslim world; Islam's interactions with various political economies and cultures; and the relationships between Islam, politics, and democracy. Specialization could address Islamic law (e.g., family law or constitutionalism), theology and political philosophy (e.g., Islamic democracy, liberalism, modernism, or fundamentalism), nationalism, transnationalism, colonial and postcolonial legacies and identities, economic development, gender and sexuality, or religious and ethnic minority rights.

The successful candidate will teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will collaborate with colleagues across grounds, including those in related departments and in the Democracy Initiative (

PhD in hand is expected by the time of the appointment, as is native or near-native proficiency in relevant languages. Given that global contemporary Islam is a growing area of study, we especially encourage recently completed PhD students from any Islamic studies related field to apply, including but not limited to Religious Studies, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, History, and Anthropology.


Apply online at search for requisition #R0012413 complete the application, and attach the following:

1. Cover letter of interest describing research agenda, teaching experience and demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations.

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Sample article- or chapter-length piece of scholarship

4. Contact information for three references.


***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Questions about this position should be directed to Jean Blackwell, Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at

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