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Assistant Professor - Latin American Migrations - Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 10, 2022
Title Assistant Professor - Latin American Migrations - Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 09/30/2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Latina/o Studies
    Foreign Languages/Literatures

Assistant Professor Latin American Migrations Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Position overview

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window
Open August 9, 2022 through Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Latin American literatures and cultures with a focus on the study of migration, (im)mobility, borderlands, border crossings and the production of transnational, diasporic and border literatures, cultures and theory.

The position entails broad competence in Latin American literary and cultural studies, demonstrable either through formal study or publication record, and excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the field and is expected to be able to teach at least one of the core requirements for the major.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education. The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research and service.

We are an open, collegial and inclusive department that supports all faculty to develop their strengths and interests. Department faculty participate actively in UC Berkeley's abundant interdisciplinary programs and initiatives, including Digital Humanities, Critical Theory, the Center for Race and Gender, the Latinx Research Center, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Center for Latin American Studies, and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, among others. All department faculty teach and mentor both graduate and undergraduate students and are given opportunities to teach courses on a wide variety of topics and approaches. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders. As a department, we deeply value multilingualism, nonconformity to binary gender, and peoples and groups whose citizenship status or ethnic, racial and class background has been marginalized.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Applicants for this position must hold a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Native or near- native fluency in both Spanish and English at the start of the position. Candidates will have to teach in both Spanish and English.
Preferred qualifications
Research emphasis on Central America, Latinx, Latin America-Africa or Latin-America Asia, Indigenous Studies, or Borderlands. Clear evidence of scholarly potential in research.
Application Requirements Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Writing Sample - Article length
Reference requirements
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References will only be contacted for those candidates under serious consideration and we will seek your permission before doing so.
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