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Assistant Professor in East Asian Comparative Literature/Film/Cultural Studies

Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts
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The Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies (ILCS) at Tufts University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in East Asian comparative literature/film/cultural studies, to begin September 1, 2023. The successful candidate will hold the Rumsey Family Assistant Professorship in the Humanities and the Arts.


ILCS is a newly redesigned comparative literature/film/cultural studies department in the School of Arts & Sciences at Tufts University. Our highly diverse faculty is dedicated to understanding the complexities of a changing world through literary, cinematic, and other expressions of human consciousness. We work collaboratively across our various language/culture areas and with many other departments and programs, including International Relations, Film and Media Studies, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. For more information about our department, see




We seek candidates conducting comparative research in at least two East Asian literary/cultural traditions, preferably Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. We also welcome applicants who extend their comparative expertise in this region more globally. PhD in a related humanities field completed by time of hire. Record of success as a college/university-level teacher, with publications in peer-reviewed venues preferred. 


Responsibilities. 1) Producing outstanding scholarship in areas related to the department and its programs. 2) Teaching courses in support of both single-language/area-focused programs and our broadly comparative ILVS (International Literary and Visual Studies) major. 3) Advising and mentoring of students, especially in theses and independent research projects. 4) Service to the department, to its programs, and to the University. 5) Outreach to other academic programs and departments relevant to the candidate’s interests.


Application Instructions


Please submit the following via Interfolio to  1) a letter of application and CV; 2) three two-page statements on i) research interests, ii) teaching methods, and iii) commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; and 3) three confidential letters of recommendation uploaded directly by recommenders to Interfolio. Review will begin on October 18, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be addressed to Prof. Charles Shirō Inouye, Chair, ILCS: [email protected].


All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check and meeting the University’s current COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Tufts University, founded in 1852, prioritizes quality teaching, highly competitive basic and applied research, and a commitment to active citizenship locally, regionally, and globally. Tufts University has also committed to becoming an anti-racist institution and prides itself on the continuous improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion work. Current and prospective employees of the university are expected to have and continuously develop skill in, and disposition for, positively engaging with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.

Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff and fostering their success when hired. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. See the University’s Non-Discrimination statement and policy at If you are an applicant with a disability who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, please contact us by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) at 617-627-3298 or at [email protected]. Applicants can learn more about requesting reasonable accommodations at




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