CRC2, Modern Middle East History

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), History of the Modern Middle East

The Department of History, in the Faculty of Arts, at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), invites applications for an appointment of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair with a focus on the history of the modern Middle East, broadly construed both temporally and geographically. The thematic focus is open. The successful applicant will join a growing community of Middle East scholars at the University of British Columbia, a large, publicly-funded, research-intensive university with a highly-ranked History Department and an interdisciplinary Middle East Studies Minor.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., candidates must have been active researchers in their field for fewer than 10 years from their degree at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree will also be considered in cases where breaks in the candidate’s research career due to maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, and family care have occurred; such applicants will have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. For Program Details on Canada Research Chairs, please visit:

The initial appointment as Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) is for a five-year term, with an opportunity to apply for renewal for an additional five years. The CRC comes with an one-course (3 credit) annual teaching release and an annual research stipend of $15,000.

Appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor depending on qualifications.

Applicants should apply only through the History Department’s Internal Resources website at

Review of applications will begin on 1 November 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled. Applicants with questions about the position are welcome to contact the search chair, Dr. William E. French, at

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. In accordance with UBC’s CRC Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Action Plan, and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be restricted to members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities (members of groups that are racially categorized), persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applicants to Canada Research Chair positions are asked to complete an equity survey ( as part of the application, and candidates must self-identify as belonging to one or more of the designated groups to be considered for the position. Because the search is limited to those self-identifying as members of designated equity groups, candidates must also provide their name to be considered.


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