Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship

United States Labor History


The history department at Wayne State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professorship in labor and working-class history in the United States, to begin August 2023. Located in the heart of Detroit, birthplace of the American labor movement, Wayne State University has a long history of excellence in labor studies and is home to the Walter P. Reuther Library, the preeminent labor archive in the world.  This hire is part of a larger scale university reinvestment in labor studies.  Topical specialization is open with a preference for scholars engaged in exploring labor’s intersection of race, gender, and/or immigration/ethnicity in the mid-to-late twentieth century. The department seeks candidates with an independent research agenda and a willingness to work in collaboration with labor studies scholars. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship is essential; duties include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and service. Candidates must have PhD in hand by August 2023.


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An online application is required. Applications must include a cover letter,
curriculum vitae, a list of three references (names, titles, contact information), a research statement that outlines your current and future research agenda, and a teaching statement including a list of courses taught. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2023.


Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. WSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.