Acad. Job: Associate Prof. in Soviet History (University of Oxford, UK)

Deadline: March 14, 2022

We are seeking a highly motivated, inspirational historian of Soviet Russia and/or the Soviet Union to take up a joint post in the History Faculty and the interdisciplinary Russian and East European Studies programme (REES), which forms part of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA). Russian History is a lively area in our large History Faculty, with three other postholders working in the modern period; connections between European and global history are strong, and the Faculty covers a very broad thematic range. In OSGA, the postholder will work alongside a team of six permanent REES staff who research Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. The post is also attached to St Antony’s College, which specialises in Area Studies and has a long association with Soviet Studies.  The successful applicant will join its Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre.

We seek a person with expertise in any aspect of the history of Soviet Russia and/or the Soviet Union, 1917-91. We particularly encourage applications from people interested in the history of Soviet Russia, or Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus and/or the USSR in a broader global context, and historians who work on women’s and/or gender history. We welcome applications from candidates at all career stages, provided they have a doctorate. We particularly encourage applications from women, people with disabilities and Black, Asian, and minority ethnic candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in the academic staff of the College and Faculty of History.

This post is an exciting and demanding one in which you will conduct advanced research; give lectures, classes and tutorials; supervise, support and examine students at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and play a part in the academic life of REES and the administrative work of the History Faculty and St Antony’s College. The University of Oxford uses the grade of associate professor for most of its senior academic appointments. Associate professors are eligible for consideration through regular recognition of distinction exercises for award of the title of full professor.

The appointee will be a member of both the Faculty of History and OSGA, and a non-tutorial fellow of St Antony’s College. The post is tenable from 1st October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The deadline for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on 14th March 2022. Interviews are expected to take place in April, and may be online.

The postholder is required to hold a doctorate and an internationally recognisable academic and research track record within the field of Soviet-era history, including a research knowledge of the USSR, appropriate to the career stage and individual circumstances.

The post is permanent upon completion of a successful review. The review is conducted during the first 5 years. To apply: Associate Professorship in Soviet History at University of Oxford (

Queries about the post should be addressed to the Chair of the History Faculty Board, Professor Robert Iliffe (email: or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 615005) or the Head of OSGA, Professor Christopher Gerry (email: or telephone +44 (0) 1865 612397). College queries should be directed to the College Bursar, Tanya Baldwin (

All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.