Indigenous peoples of North America

Assistant Professor in American Literature and Native American Studies, Emerson College.

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Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted August 9, 2016
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Writing, Literature, & Publishing at Emerson College invites applications for a tenure-track position in American literature and Native American Studies. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in both American literature and Native American Studies. A strong commitment to undergraduate education in a liberal arts environment is essential. This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor. Evidence of scholarly promise is a major consideration. Secondary areas of interest: global Indigenous literatures; Native/Indigenous film and cultural studies. The appointment begins August 24, 2017.


A Ph.D. in American Literature and Native American Studies or related field is required.

To apply:

Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for three references to the online faculty applicant portal @

Review of applications will begin in September 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the college’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities.  Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities.  We particularly invite applications from historically underrepresented groups.

The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing is a vibrant and engaged community of scholars, writers, and designers with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 550 undergraduate majors, and 250 graduate students in a Creative Writing MFA program, Popular Fiction MFA online program, and Publishing MA program.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context.  It is located in Boston’s Literary Cultural District in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers.  The college enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 671 graduate students from 71 countries and 48 states.

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CFP: Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century.

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Call for papers: Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. 

Date: July 30-August 1, 2015, at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

Description: This conference seeks to bring historians of Canada, indigenous peoples, Mexico and the United States to consider state making in mid-1800s North America from a continent-wide perspective.

Peaking in the years 1865-67 with the end of the American Civil War, Canadian Confederation, and the restoration of the Mexican republic after the expulsion of Maximilian, a French-imposed monarch, this era of political transformation has had profound consequences for the future of the continent.

Key to this process was the question of sovereignty, or the power to rule. Battles over sovereignty ran through the struggles waged not only by the nation states that came to dominate the North America—Canada, Mexico, and the United State—but also those that failed, like the Confederate States of America, and others, like the European empires and indigenous peoples, that came into conflict with the three main states.

These conflicts went well beyond the years 1865-67 and encompassed more than simply the legal forms of the nation state. Battles over sovereignty also ran through the histories of newly emancipated slaves, immigrant communities, and the reorganization of the family.  As such the conference explores not only the political and diplomatic aspects of state making but also the broader social, economic, and cultural histories of this process.

Thus far, the continental dimensions of this North American sovereignty have been obscured by historical traditions that confine each of these state-making conflicts within its specific national framework. In light of the global turn in 19th century historiography, as well as the real interconnections across the continent, it is time to consider these political crises as an inter-related struggle to redefine the relationship of North Americans to new governments.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professors Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania; Pekka Hämäläinen, Oxford University; Erika Pani, Colegio de Mexico; and Andrew Smith, University of Liverpool.

The conference organizers seek papers that offer original work examining different aspects of national sovereignty formation in Mexico, Canada, the United States and indigenous peoples during this pivotal era. Work that examines these conflicts in a transnational perspective is especially welcome. Paper proposals (between 200-500 words) should be accompanied by a brief CV and should be submitted to Frank Towers ( by August 31, 2014.

Papers from the conference may be included in a publication. In preparation, presenters will be asked to circulate drafts of their papers by July 1, 2015.

This conference is sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University and supported by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech University and the University of Calgary.

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