Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in North America


2017-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in North America

Stanford University (Application Deadline: 2/20/2017)


Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Department of Religious Studies invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position on Islam in North America. We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude. Possible areas of specialization include but are not limited to:

–       Islam and slavery in North America and the Atlantic World

–       material culture and religious expression of Muslims in North America

–       social/political experience of the Muslim diaspora in North America

–       co-constitution of religion, race, gender, and class in North American Muslim identity and representation

The postdoctoral fellow will teach two undergraduate-level courses each year in the Religious Studies Department, pursue his/her own research agenda, and organize a set of academic events in the 2nd year. Ideally, one of the courses each year will provide an introduction to some of the most important features of Islam through an analysis of major theories and methods in the academic study of religion. The fellow will actively contribute to the intellectual life on campus, and collaborate closely with the colleagues at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or in a related field (such as Anthropology, History, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies) is required by the time of appointment on September 1, 2017. The recipient may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree on September 1, 2017. Compensation includes an annual salary of $65,000, health insurance coverage, a $1,500 research fund per year, and a $5,000 programming fund.

Application materials should be submitted online at . Please submit a cover letter, CV (highlighting your educational background, teaching experience, publications), 2-page description of your research plans, two draft course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to AcademicJobsOnline.

For full consideration, materials should be received by February 20, 2017. Further inquiries shall be addressed to Dr. Burçak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Abbasi Program) at


Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.


UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues – Middle East DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center (GSC) announces the Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues. This visiting professorship enables the GSC to host scholars whose research and teaching examine critical international issues that shape and define the contemporary world. For the 2017-18 academic year, GSC invites applications from scholars with expertise in the Middle East. We are interested in candidates from any discipline whose research and teaching interests intersect with one or more of our focal themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities. Candidates whose research also addresses migration or gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

The Global Studies Center is part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). UCIS integrates and reinforces all strands of scholarship on international affairs throughout the University of Pittsburgh, supporting teaching, research and public service in area studies and on major world issues. The Visiting Professor will be appointed for the fall and spring terms of the academic year, will teach two classes per term, and will participate in activities of the GSC and of the department(s) closest to her or his disciplinary interests, in coordination with the Director of the GSC.

Applicants must demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in their disciplines, in both research and teaching, and should have a Ph.D. Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations may also apply. Applicants should be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary environment and should be prepared to engage with a variety of perspectives and audiences inside and beyond the academy. Preference will be given to individuals who have extensive experience living in the Middle East.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications; a curriculum vitae; research and teaching statements; evidence of teaching excellence, if available; a writing sample; and, three letters of reference. Electronic submissions are required through the Submittable system, details of which are available on the GSC website at:

For further information please contact:


Veronica Dristas

Chair, Visiting Professor Search Committee

University Center for International Studies

4103 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15260


The University of Pittsburgh is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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Permanent Instructor in Modern Middle Eastern History (after 1800)

The Department of History at Florida International University is hiring a permanent Instructor in Modern Middle Eastern History (after 1800) beginning fall semester, 2016.

The preferred candidate will examine the wider interactions between the Middle East and the Mediterranean world and will offer some online courses for which FIU will provide full design and technical support. The teaching load will be four 3-credit courses per semester.  Two shall be lower division courses and the other two upper division courses in the candidate’s general fields or graduate courses.

The person to be hired will be expected to interface with the Wolfsonian-FIU, the Initiative for Muslim World Studies Program, and the Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program in the Steven J. Green School for International and Public Affairs.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD in hand by August 19, 2016 and are encouraged to  attach a cover letter discussing both teaching and research interests, Curriculum Vitae., sample syllabi, an article-length writing sample, and unofficial transcripts, in a single pdf file.

Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon submission of the application. Review will continue until position is filled.

The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s previous career and achievement. Email questions to Dr. Gwyn Davies, Chair Search Committee: or call 305-348-2328. For more information on the FIU History Department, visit

To apply, please visit

About FIU
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU @ I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

Tovah Bender
Department of History
Florida International University

Call for Applications

Sixth Annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestine Studies

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod  (IAL) Award in Palestine Studies.

This post-doctoral fellowship seeks to recognize and foster innovative and ground-breaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. The award will support a scholar working on a book project in any field of the humanities or social sciences. The Fellow will spend one semester at Columbia University in New York, pursuing her or his research and writing, and participating in the intellectual life of the Center for Palestine Studies.

The international competition is open to all post-doctoral scholars who share the mission of the Center for Palestine Studies to advance the production and circulation of knowledge on Palestinian history, culture, society, and politics through outstanding scholarship. The one-semester fellowship at Columbia carries a stipend of $25,000 and the status of post-doctoral research fellow or visiting scholar, as appropriate.

Previous IAL fellows include Lena Meari, who spent Spring 2012 working on her book, Interrogating “Painful” Encounters, an ethnographic, historical, and philosophical study of the encounter between Palestinian political activists and interrogators from the Israeli General Security Service. Leena Dallasheh spent Fall 2012 working on her book manuscript entitled Contested Citizenship in Nazareth: Palestinians’ Transition from the Mandate to Israel. Mezna Qato, the third IAL Award recipient, spent Spring 2014 working on a book project, a social history of the Palestinian educational experience in Jordan.Omar Tesdell, spent last Spring 2015 working on a book project based on his dissertation, Shadow Spaces: Territory, Sovereignty, and the Question of Palestinian Cultivation, a spatial history of Palestinian environmental and agricultural practice. The current fellow Areej Sabbagh-Khoury is working on a book project based on her dissertation research, Colonization Practices and Interactions at the Frontier: Ha-Shomer Ha-Tzair Kibbutzim and the Surrounding Arab Villages at the Margins of the Valley of Jezreel/Marj Ibn ‘Amer, 1936-1956.

This award has been made possible by the generosity of Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan, through the A.M. Qattan Foundation, in honor of his friend, the Palestinian scholar and intellectual, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (1929-2001). Their close friendship began in the aftermath of the nakbah of 1948 and evolved into a shared commitment to justice for Palestinians to be realized in part through support for excellence in higher education and scholarship. In later years, upon the establishment of the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod helped found the Qattan Centre for Educational Research and Development; one of the Foundation’s core programs.

The application deadline is February 15, 2016. More details and application information for 2016-17 are available on the Fellowships page.

Please e-mail with any questions.

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Palestinian Studies

Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for the inaugural post-doctoral fellowship in Palestinian Studies. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal to a maximum of two years. The fellowship is part of the ongoing initiative, New Directions in Palestinian Studies, which seeks to critically explore and facilitate innovative lines of academic inquiry in this field. We especially welcome candidates who thrive in an interdisciplinary environment and whose work is informed by comparative and global perspectives.


The position is open to all the humanities and social science disciplines. Scholars who received PhDs within five years of the application deadline are eligible to apply. Residence in the Providence area is required for most of the duration of the appointment, unless approval for research-related travel is obtained in advance. Fellows will teach one class a year, take a leadership role in organizing the annual New Directions in Palestinian Studies Symposium, advise students, and participate in research-related programming on campus. The annual stipend is $55,000, plus a health insurance subsidy. Additional funding for conference-related travel and other research expenses is available.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin November 24. The following materials should be submitted prior to that date to the application portal in interfolio (

1. A brief cover letter stating the applicant’s academic field, area of specialization, and a short summary of the proposed work during the fellowship period.

2. A curriculum vitae.

3. A statement describing the applicant’s proposed research for the duration of the fellowship: this may emphasize the preparation of a book manuscript for publication, but should also include a summary of the research questions, goals, and methodological approaches of additional research. The statement should not exceed 2,000 words, including all bibliographic references and supplementary material.

4. Three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s research.

5. Writing sample.

6. A proposed class syllabus.

Skype interviews will be conducted with short-listed candidates. Awards will be announced in  early 2016.

For further information, please visit the Middle East Studies website (, or contact:

Beshara Doumani

Director, Middle East Studies

Brown University

111 Thayer Street

Providence, RI 02912

+1 401.863.6924

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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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