Assistant Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.



The Department of History, in collaboration with UIC's Middle East and Muslim Societies (MEMS) Cluster, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in late nineteenth or twentieth-century Middle Eastern history. The area of specialization is open, but the search committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from scholars specializing in the history of empires, labor, or the environment. In addition to having a robust research profile, the successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to teach the history of the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region and contribute to one of the Department of History's graduate concentrations: Encounters, Ethnographies, and Empires, or Work, Race, and Gender in the Urban World. In addition, the successful candidate will serve as an integral and participatory member of UIC's MEMS Cluster. Final authorization of the position is subject to availability of funding.



The successful candidate will be responsible for the following duties:

• Teach two courses in the fall and two courses in the spring semesters (a 2/2 teaching load), which may include graduate and undergraduate courses.

• Complete high-level scholarly research in areas of expertise.

• Advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

• Serve as a collaborative member of the MEMS cluster.

• Participate in the intellectual life of the department, MEMS cluster, and university.

• Provide service to the university.

• Other duties as required.



Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. in History or related field received by August 15, 2023. In exceptional circumstances, ABD candidates may be considered.

• Promising record of scholarly achievement


To Apply:

Applicants should submit materials to

For information about the Department of History, go to: For information about the MEMS clusters, go to:

Inquiries can be sent via email to Prof. Norma Claire Moruzzi or Prof. Junaid Quadri, co-chairs of the search committee, at: or  For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2022.

Applications should include:
1. A cover letter outlining the applicant's research program and teaching interests

2. A current CV that includes the names and email addresses of three academic references (the committee will seek letters from referees of short-listed candidates at a later stage of the process)

3. A writing sample no longer than 30 pages (e.g., a sample chapter or article)



Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, UIC is a comprehensive urban public research (R1) university with a diverse student body and a strong tradition of support for difference and equality.  Part of the University of Illinois land-grant higher education system, UIC is among the nation's top five most-diverse campuses; it is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).  UIC's undergraduate population of 21,787 students is currently 34.6% Hispanic/Latinx, 20.9% Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander, 7.7% Black, 25.8% White, 3% International, and 1.7% other/unknown. Roughly 60% of UIC's undergraduate students are Pell Grant eligible, and 70% receive financial aid. While the University of Illinois includes students from the Middle East and North Africa in the White category, they represent a significant population of the student body. UIC is also home to the first cultural center serving students from the Arab region, the Arab American Cultural Center. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, Veteran or disability status.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, see the UI HR website:


University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exception in accordance with applicable University processes. 


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