Professor in South Asian Studies

Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Title -Tenure-track or Tenured Professor in South Asian Studies

School -Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area -South Asian Studies

Position Description

The Department of South Asian Studies seeks to appoint a tenure-track or tenured professor in Tamil studies with an emphasis on Sangam literature and its enduring relevance in Tamil culture. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2021. The appointee will teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate in South Asian Studies or a related discipline required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications

Breadth of coverage and a demonstrated strong commitment to teaching, advising, and research are desired. Candidates for a tenured appointment should also evince intellectual leadership and impact on the field and potential for significant contributions to the department, University, and wider scholarly community.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( Applications must be submitted no later than January 31, 2021.

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching/advising statement (describing teaching philosophy and practices)
4. Research statement
5. Statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas.
6. Candidates for a tenure-track position are also required to submit names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted. Three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.

Contact Information

Professor Jay Jasanoff
Chair, Search Committee
Department of South Asian Studies

Contact Email-

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Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching and Mentorship
  • Statement of Research
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement
  • Optional Documents
  • Other