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Professor of International and Public Affairs (Human Rights)

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

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Watson Human Rights

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University invites applications for a tenured, senior position (associate or full professor) in the field of Human Rights.  We are seeking a scholar of human rights whose work may include -- but is not limited to -- topics such as indigenous rights, civil rights for marginalized communities, gender rights and sexual violence, freedom of expression and assembly, rights to asylum from persecution and conflict, rights to due process, labor rights, environmental rights,  rights to basic standards of living and healthcare, domestic and international human rights instruments and institutions, peacebuilding, and transitional justice. We are open to scholars working on domestic or international settings. This new faculty position, to begin in July 2022, stems from a broader initiative at the Watson Institute anchored in our burgeoning Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.   


The faculty position will involve a joint appointment between the Watson Institute and a relevant tenure-granting disciplinary department at Brown.  Such departments include Africana Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, History, and Economics.  Across all possible disciplines, we seek a theoretically innovative scholar with demonstrated success in conducting empirical research.  We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.


A successful candidate must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement, a proven record of successful research funding, and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising.


All candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter describing research completed and planned, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a short writing sample, and 4) a teaching statement.  We ask that in both the cover letter and teaching statement, the candidate describe how their work fosters inclusive learning and diversity. 

All candidates should also include the names of five references whom the search committee can contact at an appropriate time.  The list of references can be submitted via the "additional documents" field in Interfolio.


Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021.

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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