The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor. We welcome applications from candidates with research and teaching interests in (North) American history since 1865 with a specialism in either environmental humanities (environmental history, including built environment / urban history) or medical humanities (history of biomedicine as desirable). We particularly encourage candidates whose research complements and expands the Department's current strengths. Applications from candidates who share the Department's commitment to decolonising the curriculum are especially encouraged.
Durham University History Department is one of the largest centres in the UK for the study of history. We are consistently ranked amongst the top departments in the country by the Complete University Guide, the Times and Sunday Times and the Guardian University Guide. We place research at the heart of our varied undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, inducting our students into a community of historians from the outset. Our research expertise and teaching provision extend from late antiquity to the present day, and we are home to scholars of Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America and of social, cultural, political, economic, religious, intellectual, environmental and gender history. This range and breadth open up possibilities for transnational, transhistorical and comparative work that tends to be the hallmark of ground-breaking research in our discipline. As a group of researchers, we are alive to the constant evolution of historical questions and we are committed to developing the intra- and interdisciplinary breadth to respond to, initiate and shape the discipline and scholarship more broadly defined. This brings us together as historians and makes Durham an exciting place to work, research and study.
The Durham University History Department has an outstanding reputation in the field of modern American history, as well as in environmental and urban history and in the history of science, technology, and medicine. The Department has strong links with: the Institute for Medical Humanities; the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing; the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience; the Centre for Global Understanding of Environment, Science, and Technology (GUEST); the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS); the Centre for Culture and Ecology; the Global Policy Institute; the Environmental and Energy Economics Centre; and the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease. Our postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers are also active in this interdisciplinary environment. We are currently home to students funded by two doctoral training centres, the AHRC Northern Bridge Partnership and the ESRC NINE DTP.
This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution.