Assistant Professor of Persian Literature

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Persian Literature and Culture.

We seek scholars who draw on deep training in the history of Persian literature to engage with contemporary forms of cultural production, especially as embedded in their political and cultural contexts, in order to broaden understanding of our globalized world. We encourage application from those who work on literature in any part of the Persian-speaking world, including transnational and diasporic locations, and those whose work brings them into conversation with emerging trends within theoretical paradigms, such as: translation studies, migration and diaspora studies, disability studies, sexuality and gender studies, or democracy and human rights.

Preference will be given to candidates who can teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in both Classical and Modern Persian literature, as well as to those who can contribute to the intellectual community of a department diverse in language and discipline.

Review of applications will begin 5 January 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

We seek scholars with an active program of research and publication in Persian literature, cinema, or related specialty, and with a commitment to excellence in teaching. The successful candidate must have a PhD completed by the time of appointment, 25 August 2024, and must have native or near-native fluency in Persian and English.

Application Instructions
Visit to apply. Attach the following to your application:

· Curriculum vitae including the names of three referees

· Cover letter addressing your research trajectory, areas of scholarly and teaching interest, potential collaborations at UVa or beyond, and how your skills and experiences could advance the University’s ambition to cultivate the most vibrant community in higher education in order to prepare students to be leaders in a diverse and globally connected world.

· A sample of your scholarly writing.

Please direct any questions about the position to: Farzaneh Milani at For question about the application process, contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter at


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