Job Position, Assistant Professor in Southeast Asian Studies, Modern or Pre-Modern Period

The Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Southeast Asian Studies, tenure track, with an expected start date of July 1, 2019. A Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) or enrollment in a Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program, with specialization in Southeast Asian studies, and completion of all requirements except the dissertation, is required at the time of application. 

We seek applications from scholars of Southeast Asia working in the humanities broadly defined across any country, culture or time period whose research is grounded in the region and its textual traditions. We welcome specializations in literature, religious studies, cultural, intellectual and social history, and cultural studies. Advanced literacy and proficiency with primary source materials in at least one Southeast Asian language is required. Proficiency in one or more additional relevant research languages, facility with diverse source materials, and the ability to think and work across disciplines, are preferred. Duties will include developing and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Southeast Asian studies, supervising graduate students, and oversight of relevant language instruction. Candidates should have a record of excellence and innovation in research and teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to education and mentorship, service to the profession, and to equity and inclusion. For more information about the Department go to: 

Required application materials: Cover Letter (1 page), Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Research, (1-2 pages), Statement of Teaching (1 page), Statement of Contributions to Diversity (, 2 Writing Samples of recent scholarship published or unpublished (in English, 20-30 pages), 2 Sample Syllabi (for Undergraduate and Graduate instruction), and 3 letters of Recommendation (Deadline for receipt of recommendation letters: February 8th, 2019). All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letters. 

The department of South and Southeast Asian Studies is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and values the contributions of candidates in this area. The department stands firmly in agreement with the University of California Regents Policy 4400 on University of California Diversity Statement:  

“The diversity of the people of California has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state’s history into the present. Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.”  


“The University particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.” 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented minorities and individuals with disabilities. For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action in the workplace see: 

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For questions contact: Professor Penny Edwards pennyedwards [at] berkeley [dot] edu
To receive full consideration, candidates must submit all required documentation by January 25th, 2019.