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Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (PPPA) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time tenure track position with a 9-month service period to begin September 16, 2022. Tenure track faculty teach six classes per year, combining lower-level introductory courses with upper-level courses in international law, comparative law, law and society, and human rights. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop curriculum in their area of expertise.

This position is expected to engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching in PPPA Division’s two majors (Law & Policy and Politics Philosophy & Economics) and the Tri-campus Minor in Human Rights. The successful candidate will join a faculty with a shared interest in human rights and social justice, and strong connections with the Center for Human Rights of the University of Washington. Our division values scholarly and research excellence at the intersection of human rights, international law, and activism, as well as teaching in critical, equity-oriented approaches. You can learn more about the Division, the two majors and six minors we host, and the faculty from our website ( ). This position is contingent on funding.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was established in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Faculty have access to the resources of the University of Washington, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity and equity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and community members find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit


The minimum qualification for this position is a PhD (or foreign equivalent advanced degree) in Political Science, International Studies, Global Studies, Sociology, History, Law and Society or related fields by August 2022. The successful candidate will be a scholar with the promise of research and teaching excellence, specializing in the study of human rights, international law, and/or international organizations. Areas of scholarship of an ideal candidate may include international or comparative courts and judicial systems, global markets and human rights, global migrations, international law and ethics, technology and human rights, international social movements, legal pluralism, or race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and human rights and international law. All regional specialties beyond the US are welcome.


To apply, please submit the following via Interfolio:

  • A letter of interest detailing how your teaching, scholarship, and professional service fits with this position.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A current essay or chapter
  • A statement of research interests (maximum one page)
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that explains how your teaching, research, and service or activism support social justice and the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds. If you have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, please note how your work in international law and human rights would further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (maximum one page)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Contact information for three references able to provide letters of recommendation.

Questions should be directed to the search chair, Prof. Michael Forman ( Compensation is competitive with that of comparable positions and includes UW’s excellent health insurance and retirement benefits.

Screening of applications will begin on October 14, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

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gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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