Visiting Professor in Contemporary International Issues

Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues

We are now accepting applicants for this position until DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 15, 2017.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center (GSC) announces the Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues, which is funded by a generous endowed gift from Mr. William F. Benter and the Benter Foundation. This visiting professorship enables the GSC to host scholars whose research and teaching examine critical international issues that shape and define the contemporary world.

For the 2017-18 academic year, GSC invites applications from scholars with expertise in the Middle East. We are interested in candidates from any discipline whose research and teaching interests intersect with one or more of our focal themes of global health, human rights/human security, and inequalities. Candidates whose research also addresses migration or gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.

The Global Studies Center (GSC) is part of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). UCIS integrates and reinforces all strands of scholarship on international affairs throughout the University of Pittsburgh, supporting teaching, research and public service in area studies and on major world issues. The Visiting Professor will be appointed for the fall and spring terms of the academic year, will teach two classes per term, and will participate in activities of the GSC and of the department(s) closest to her or his disciplinary interests, in coordination with the Director of the GSC.

Applicants must have a PhD and demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in their disciplines, in both research and teaching. Individuals with extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations may also apply. Applicants should be comfortable in an interdisciplinary environment and should be prepared to engage with a variety of perspectives and audiences inside and beyond the academy. Preference will be given to individuals who have extensive experience living in the Middle East.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications; curriculum vitae; research and teaching statements; evidence of teaching excellence, if available; a writing sample; and, three letters of reference. Please submit all application materials online via Submittable. For a PDF version of this announcement, please click here.

For further information please contact:

Veronica Dristas
Chair, Visiting Professor Search Committee
Global Studies Center
4103 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The University of Pittsburgh is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer.


Previous Visiting Professors in Contemporary International Issues

AY2014-15 Visiting Professor

Dr. Luke Peterson received his PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College, University of Cambridge. He has taught at St. Edward’s University, Aga Khan University in London, and the University of Cambridge where, until recently, he was supervisor of Arabic Language instruction. Dr. Peterson has conducted research in the Middle East including Israel and Palestine.

Broadly, Dr. Peterson’s work has focused on contemporary representations of Palestine-Israel in print media in Great Britain and the United States. His dissertation reflected this interest, which focused on Contending Discourses: Palestine-Israel in the Print News Media. His research compares social cognition within two geographic regions and connects divergent public and social interpretations of conflict in the Middle East to disparate representations in print language distributed within those regions. He examines these issues from a historical perspective.

Dr. Peterson’s publications include (with Seamus Power) "Theorizing Propaganda: Extending Kohl", Psychology & Society, Vol. 4 (1), 27–30 (2011); “Evacuating Gaza from Two Sides of the Atlantic: Comparing Frames of Representation in the Print News Media” in Bruno DeNicola, Yonatan Mendel, and Hussain Qutbuddin (eds), Reflections on Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2011); Palestine in the American Mind, Lambert Academic Publishing: Saarbrücken, Germany (2010); and Palestine in the American Mind, Palestine in Discourse: George W. Bush at the Rose Garden,” in David Perusek (ed) Between Jihad and McWorld: Voices of Social Justice, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2010). His book Israel-Palestine in the Print News Media: Contending Discourse, London: Routledge, is to be published this Fall.

On the curricular side, Dr. Peterson’s research interests are reflected in the courses he is teaching at Pitt including “The US in the Middle East,” both as an undergraduate history course and as a graduate course in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His Spring 2015 course offerings are expected to include a history course on “The History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict” and a graduate seminar focusing on Modern Iran.

AY2012-13 Visiting Professor

Dr. Sami Hermez Dr. Sami Hermez received his PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University and held a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Dr. Hermez was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient and the Collaborative Research Center, Humboldt University, both in Berlin. He has also taught at Mount Holyoke, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and at the American University of Beirut.  Dr. Hermez has worked for the United Nations Capital Development Fund and its Development Program, Human Rights Watch and the Peace Corps.

Broadly, Dr. Hermez’s work has focused on the relationship between violence during war and civil war and its subsequent impact on politics and everyday life. His dissertation reflected this interest, which focused on Living Everyday in Anticipation of Violence in Lebanon. He examined these issues from an anthropological perspective using ethnographic fieldwork to gather his data and evidence.  Indeed, Dr. Hermez has conducted fieldwork or lived in countries in several world regions including the Middle East. These include Cyprus, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, the Philippines, Russia, the U.S. and Yemen. Other areas his research has touched include anthropology of the state; war and ethics; narrative, history and memory; legal anthropology; nationalism; globalization and migration; Arab identity; conflict resolution; and sectarianism, among others. Dr. Hermez’s current and future research includes a project that focuses on transnational labor law and the global trade of domestic workers to the Middle East.

Dr. Hermez’s recent publications and paper presentations include “Activism as ‘Part-time’: Searching for Commitment and Solidarity in Lebanon” in Cultural Dynamics, and “From Feuds to Statehood: Dignity as a Political Emotion in Lebanon” at the American Anthropological Association 2011 Annual Meeting. In 2011 alone, he was interviewed by BBC Radio and Al-Jazeera International.

On the curricular side, Dr. Hermez’s research interests are reflected in the courses he taught at Pitt including the undergraduate courses “Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Living the Law: Seminar in Political and Legal Anthropology” and “Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Political Culture in the Arab World”; and the graduate courses “Arab Revolutions and Social Movements” and the “Politics of Violence in the Middle East”; and an Arabic language trailer.

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