Assistant Professor - Persian Literature

Position Description
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Persian Literature and Culture with an expected start date of July 1, 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Research expertise may be in any period of Persian literature or culture, with a preference for candidates with broad interests in all eras of Persian culture and a specialization in pre-1800 Classical Persian literature. Applicants’ research may focus on any region of the larger Middle East with significant production of Persianate literature.

Applicants should have an active research agenda that would lead to publication in prominent venues in their field or the potential to develop such a publication record and the ability or potential to be an excellent teacher and mentor at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will demonstrate a wide-ranging familiarity with Persian literature and culture and be knowledgeable in the historical contexts in which such literary works were produced. Applicants are expected to have an excellent command of pre-modern and modern Persian. Knowledge of Arabic or Turkish is also desirable. The successful applicant will collaborate with faculty from the adjacent fields and lead the Persian program at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.
Candidates must have completed all requirements for receipt of a Ph.D. in a field related to the search prior to the start of the appointment.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please submit the following application materials through the University of Chicago’s academic recruitment site (Interfolio) at
• a cover letter,
• cv,
• a published article or a dissertation chapter,
• a research statement,
• and the names and contact information of three recommenders
All materials from the applicant must be submitted by 11pm Central Time/Midnight Eastern Time on October 16, 2023. Only complete applications can be considered. Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following initial review.

For information on the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, please go to For further questions about this position, please contact Annie Diamond, Academic Affairs Coordinator, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations,

This position is contingent on final budgetary approval.

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