Assistant Professor in French Modernism
University of California Berkeley Department of French
United States

Assistant Professor - French Modernism - Department of French

Job #JPF03596
  • French / College of Letters & Science - Arts & Humanities / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Professor
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window

Open August 24th, 2022 through Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of French at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of French.

We seek a scholar working in 19th-, 20th-, and/or 21st-century French Studies. Interdisciplinary research, especially in one or more of the following areas, will be an asset: poetry; theater and performance; Francophone African literatures and cultures; visual culture; digital media; intermediality; ecocriticism; critical theory; critical race theory.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education and who show the potential to advance the department’s goal of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive scholarly environment.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

About the Department:
In the Department of French at UC Berkeley, our dedicated and creative teachers and scholars share a commitment to excellence in teaching, whether it is in an introductory French class, a specialized course for majors (all of which are taught in French), a course on French literature in translation, or an advanced graduate seminar. We encourage independent and innovative thinking and research at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

For its undergraduate majors, minors and graduate students, the Department of French at UC Berkeley provides thorough coverage in all periods of both French and Francophone literatures and cultures. It combines this coverage with an array of related fields and topics – from literary history and theory to philosophy, to social and cultural theory, to historical and contemporary linguistics, to the study of gender and sexuality, critical race theory, colonial and post-colonial studies, historiography, visual arts and film, music, popular culture, and politics. We participate fully in the interdisciplinary emphasis that has traditionally distinguished study and research at Berkeley. Many of our faculty members are affiliated with other programs in the University (with the Departments of Comparative Literature, Italian Studies, and Linguistics, with programs in Romance Languages and Literatures and in Medieval Studies, with Graduate Designated Emphases in Critical Theory, Film Studies and in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and with the Berkeley Language Center, the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture and the Center for Race and Gender).


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Native French language proficiency required. Evidence of excellence in research and teaching. Additional qualifications must be met by the start date.

Preferred qualifications

The successful candidate will be a dynamic teacher of undergraduate courses as well as of graduate seminars for students with a range of disciplinary interests.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV.
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter describing research and teaching interests.
  • 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 - A writing sample of no more than 30 pages
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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