Cornell University, Global Labor and Work

Position ID:Cornell-Global Labor and Work-LABORHISTORYGLWDEVAULT [#25791, WDR-00040121]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Labor History in the Department of Global Labor and Work
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: History
Political Science / Comparative Politics, International Politics, Policy, Political Economy, Race and Ethnic Politics, Social Movements
Sociology / Gender and Sexuality, Globalization and Social Change, Historical comparative approaches, Inequality, Poverty and Mobility, labor in the United States, Race/Ethnicity
Humanities and Social Sciences / History, Political Science, Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Transnational Studies.
Labor and Employment / Cultural Issues, Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Labor Studies
Appl Deadline:2024/01/28 11:59PMhelp popup** (posted 2023/09/19, listed until 2024/03/18)
Position Description:   URMs  

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The Department invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in U.S. labor and working-class history to begin August 2024. We are interested in social and political historians whose scholarship engages questions of work, inequality, the economy, or political and working-class cultures. We define labor history very broadly, including both free and unfree forms of labor as well workers’ experiences in their jobs, organizations, and/or communities, or how their labor intersects with questions of citizenship, class, race/ethnicity, indigeneity, disability, and gender and sexuality, among other possible areas of inquiry. Some background in comparative non-US history is a plus but is not necessary. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in scholarly research and teaching.

The ILR School is the world’s leading college focused on work, employment and labor issues. Information about the ILR School is available at Our faculty includes leading scholars from a number of disciplinary backgrounds who study a broad range of issues related to labor, employment and organizations. This job is based at Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, NY.

Cornell University is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty.

Salary range $76,200.00 - $211,000.00 ILR School's hiring offer for this position may be higher depending on education, experience, discipline, and relevant skills.

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Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing their research and teaching interests and experience, a curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement and a writing sample and 3 letters of reference. To continue to meet our educational, research and service goals and to meet our commitment to our founding principle, we hire and invest in faculty members who share our historical commitment to pursing knowledge for …any person…in any study. We ask applicants for all faculty positions to share their experiences and/or approaches (past, current or future) to fostering learning, research, service and/or outreach in such a diverse community. Applicants may choose to submit a stand-alone statement or embed the information in other parts of their application materials.

Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

We will begin reviewing applications as they arrive and no later than December 1, 2023. Questions about this position should be directed to Professor Ileen DeVault, Search Committee Chair, at

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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Ithaca, NY 14853