Assistant Professor in Transnational Japanese Studies for the East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department

The Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Transnational Japanese Studies. We welcome applications from scholars working in the humanities and/or interpretive social sciences who study Japan from a transnational perspective. By “transnational perspective” we mean scholarship that addresses the movement and transformation of ideas, texts and media, materials, institutions, populations, and practices across borders and oceans. We are particularly interested in fields that complement and expand existing strengths and research areas in the Department and across campus, including interdisciplinary approaches to nature and the environment, the history of medicine and/or the medical humanities, and translation studies broadly conceived (between languages, media, genres or institutions). Applications from scholars whose work crosses the premodern/modern divide are especially welcome. Appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2020.

The successful candidate will be able to teach graduate seminars in transnational Japanese Studies, while also offering broader undergraduate courses. Applicants are expected to have completed all requirements for a PhD, except the dissertation, at the time of application. The PhD can be in any field in the humanities and interpretive social sciences with research specialization in transnational Japanese Studies. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at We strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence in teaching, research, professional activities, and service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity. Such as a teaching philosophy and syllabi that reflect an awareness of diverse student populations, research that encompasses a range of sources and/or data-sets, and/or contributions to the university, the profession or the public that engage issues of diversity. Primary consideration will be given to complete applications received by November 24, 2019. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the Academic Personnel Coordinator for East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department, Ms. Natalie Juarez at Please make sure to reference JPF01575 in inquiry.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. For information on our department, please visit our website at

This hire is supported by a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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.