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Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature

Yale University - Department of English

Location: New Haven - United States
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th September 2019
Closes: 1st November 2019

The Yale University Department of English seeks to appoint an outstanding scholar at the rank of assistant professor specializing in medieval literature. Scholarship may focus on any area of Medieval Studies, with particular attention to work that expands the reach and engagement of the field.  

We are primarily interested in scholars who specialize in later Middle English, though applications from scholars of early Middle English are also welcome. We seek applicants with research interests that might include (though are not confined to) the following areas: the theory and history of sexuality; ecocriticism and environmental studies; the global Middle Ages; digital humanities and media studies; contemporary and historical approaches to literary criticism and theory; Latin intellectual culture; Piers Plowman; manuscript studies; and/or topics addressing diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, and other categories of identity. 

Candidates should demonstrate an exceptional capacity for original scholarship, a strong commitment to innovative teaching, and a willingness to work collaboratively to help promote research in medieval studies within and beyond Yale. The Ph.D. or equivalent degree at time of hire is required. 

All applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, a statement of research interests, at least three letters of reference, and a 20-page writing sample prepared for anonymous reading via the 'Apply' button above. Review of applications will begin on 1 Nov. Please contact search committee chair, Prof. Ardis Butterfield (, or chair’s assistant, Sarah Harford ( with any questions. 

Medievalists at Yale are members not only of their appointing departments, but also of the PhD-granting Program in Medieval Studies, which brings together scholars from across the humanistic disciplines for events such as an annual lecture series and a work-in-progress lunch. Research in medieval studies is also well-supported by university collections, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and the especially rich holdings of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, including the Takamiya deposit of late medieval English manuscripts. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

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