The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan seeks a scholar of Sephardic Jewry (15th-19th centuries) with strong interdisciplinary commitments. Specialization is open: history, religious studies, literature, anthropology, material culture, music, or gender studies. This scholar will participate in a cluster hire devoted to the Mediterranean as a dynamic arena of cultural, religious, and political exchange and activity. We aim to enhance the study of Mediterranean Jewry in interaction with multiple cultures and religions as well as in relationship to spaces of travel, commerce, and displacement. Specific research focus might include migration, conversion, translation, the history of the book, history of science, or of economy. Linguistic training should include Hebrew and at least one other language (such as Judeo-Spanish/Ladino, Ottoman Turkish, French, Italian, Spanish, or Arabic). We favor trans-cultural and/or transnational approaches as the successful candidate will be participating not only in dialogues within Judaic Studies, but also with other members of the cluster hire of four faculty members in Architecture and Urban Planning, History of Art, and Romance Languages and Literature. Rank: Assistant Professor. Appointment may also be made at the Associate Professor level. PhD and teaching experience are required.
This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2012. Applications should be sent to Director, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, 202 S. Thayer Street, 2111 Thayer, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608. All candidates should furnish a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and evidence of teaching excellence (if available). Junior candidates should submit three letters of recommendation and senior candidates should send names of suggested reviewers by February 22, 2012. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.