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Assistant Professor (Global Modern Art)

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Department of History of Art, University of California at Berkeley. Assistant Professor of Global Modern Art (tenure-track). Appointment effective July 1, 2014; PhD or equivalent. required by start date. In an initiative to broaden our conceptual coverage and our representation of visual studies as a global discourse, the Department seeks a specialist in the study of modern arts and visual cultures in their cross-cultural, colonial and postcolonial, transnational, and “world” contexts from the later nineteenth century to the 1960s, especially if focused on key technologies of image- and object-production and their histories and economies, both local and global. PhD-level training in non-Western and Western arts and visual cultures is desirable; evidence of thinking beyond established narratives of modern art is essential. Teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels is expected; located in a global research university in a dynamic metropolitan area of the Pacific Rim, the Department administers a large and vital undergraduate curriculum and an internationally prominent PhD program. Affiliation with or cross-appointment in other programs on campus is possible where relevant. The Department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education; international scholars are especially encouraged to apply. Applications must include cover letter (no more than 2 pages), brief statements of current research and teaching interests (300 words each), current CV, writing sample (approximately 7,500 words), and three letters of reference. Following University of California policy and California state law, all letters will be held in confidence. Even when letters are provided by a third party (e.g. dossier service), please refer recommenders to the UC Berkeley statement on confidentiality at

Questions can be addressed to Whitney Davis, Chair, Global Modern Search Committee, Department of History of Art, University of California at Berkeley, 415 Doe University Library, Berkeley, CA 94720-6020 at The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action employer and is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents (see for details).


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - 300 words maximum, please

  • Statement of Teaching - 300 words maximum, please

  • Writing Sample - 7500 words

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required