Job Announcement: Assistant Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies

24 September 2011

The Peace and Conflict Studies Program (P-CON) at Colgate University invites applications for a tenure-stream position in Peace and Conflict Studies at the rank of assistant professor, to begin Fall 2012. We seek a person with field-based research focusing on the intersection of international human rights, human security, and contemporary conflicts. Now in its fifth decade, P-CON focuses on reflexive and critical analyses of modern and contemporary conflict.

We seek applications from candidates in anthropology, geography or a relevant interdisciplinary field; we will consider applications from scholars in history, sociology, area studies, comparative politics and international political economy with appropriate field-based research. Completion of PhD is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire.

The successful candidate will combine sophisticated methodological and theoretical approaches with a record of scholarship on violent conflict and competing rights claims, including normative human rights initiatives such as Responsibility to Protect (R2P) or other rights frameworks (socio-cultural, economic, indigenous, land or resource rights, etc.). Professional experience in human rights and conflict monitoring/advocacy will be considered highly relevant. Empirical grounding in a particular conflict history, region, or transnational system is essential. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in South Asia, Southeast Asia, or sub-Saharan Africa or fieldwork involving transregional connections and human rights norms and challenges.

The person we hire will teach courses at all levels in the Program, including regular sections of the required course “Practices of Peace and Conflict,” and will be expected to contribute to Colgate’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum. As a member of the P-CON faculty, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the design and execution of academic workshops and public events. Further information about the Peace and Conflict Studies Program can be found at

Review of applications will begin on 25 October and continue until the position is filled. On-campus interviews are expected to take place in mid-December 2011. A letter of application, CV, three references, and one writing sample of less than 30 pages must be submitted through Sample syllabi are welcome.

Colgate is a highly-selective liberal arts university of 2800 students situated in central New York. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the University’s educational mission.

Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

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