Visiting Assistant Professor
American Studies Program, Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
March 2, 2020
Post date: October 31, 2019

The American Studies Program at Williams College invites applicants for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor appointment beginning Fall 2020.

We seek candidates with training in American Studies, broadly defined. We are especially interested in candidates whose work engages racial capitalism; comparative, transnational histories of colonialism, empire and slavery; and/or the pre-19th century. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach one or more of the program's core courses, including the introductory seminar and the junior seminar in theories and methods, as well as more specialized seminars in their areas of research.

The teaching load is two courses per semester.

American Studies at Williams is a small but vibrant program with a diverse faculty and dynamic and engaged majors, whose numbers are growing. Created in 1940, it is one of the oldest American Studies programs in the country and has been at the forefront at Williams in teaching courses that foreground issues of race and racism, class, gender/sexuality, globalization, diaspora, among others. We especially welcome applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in the field and those who have had experience working with diverse student populations.

Application Instructions 

Please send cover letter and curriculum vitae to the chair of the Program, Prof. Cassandra Cleghorn via Interfolio Candidates who advance to the semi-finalist stage will be asked to provide three letters of reference and a course description for an introduction to American Studies. We will begin reviewing applications on February 1st, and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available at:

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students.

Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

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