Acad. Job: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Culture (Harvard)

Deadline: October 10, 2019

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in Russian literature and culture; the field is open. The Department seeks candidates with broad interdisciplinary interests. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2020. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, typically two courses per semester, including required and elective courses, as well as freshman seminars. We are seeking an energetic colleague who will be committed to building our program in literature and the humanities, someone who is ready to share in advising students as well as to participate fully in the intellectual life of the university.

Candidates may specialize in any area of modern Russian literature and culture, including fiction, documentary prose, poetry, film, theory, the performing arts, and visual culture. Additional expertise in cultures of the former Soviet bloc outside Russia is welcome. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and potential for innovative scholarship are desired.

Qualifications: Doctorate in Slavic Languages and Literatures or related discipline required by the time the appointment begins. Native or near-native Russian and fluency in English are required.

Special Instructions:  Please submit the following materials through the ARieS portal (

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching statement describing teaching approach and philosophy, and outlining past, current, and anticipated efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion (approximately 500 words)
  4. Research statement (approximately 500 words)
  5. Names and contact information of 3 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated e-mail to upload a letter of recommendation once the candidate’s application has been submitted.
  6. Sample of scholarship (10,000-word maximum)

Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2019.

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

Contact Information:

Professor Stephanie Sandler

Search Committee Chair

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact E-mail: Ms. Lenia Constantinou,