Harvard Medieval History Fellowship

The Department of History seeks applications for a College Fellow in medieval Mediterranean history. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2017. Teaching duties will include three undergraduate courses in medieval Mediterranean history, including a course in the history of medieval Islam, with 25% of the appointment reserved for the Fellow’s own research. The Fellow will be expected to evaluate senior theses in accordance with Departmental practice and may also advise a senior thesis and help organize workshops. The appointment is for one year.

Basic Qualifications: Doctorate or terminal degree in History or related discipline required by the expected start date and must have been received no earlier than 2013.

Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is desirable.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal (https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7376). Complete applications, including letters of reference, must be submitted by March 17, 2017.

1. A cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Research statement
4. Teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy, goals, methods, and prior experience
5. Teaching materials, including representative course syllabi and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching awards and evaluations)
6. Names and contact information of 3-5 referees, who will be asked by a system-generated email to upload a letter of recommendation once you have submitted your application. Three letters are required, and the application is considered complete only when at least three letters have been received.
7. Applicable only for those candidates who have not yet received the Ph.D.: A letter from your advisor confirming that you will receive your Ph.D. by the expected start date.
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 Visiting Position in Comparative Politics (focus on Middle East)

The Department of Politics at Bates College invites applications for a one-year visiting position focusing on Comparative Politics with a specialty in politics of the Middle East starting in the fall of 2017. Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed or nearly complete. The Politics Department has implemented an innovative curriculum that uses concentrations on broad sets of ideas in political science rather than the traditional subfields. Those applying should show a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarly research. Responsibilities include teaching four courses and advisement of individual senior theses. Candidates with teaching and research interest in mixed-methods approaches are encouraged to apply. The college and the Politics Department are committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area in their teaching statement and/or research statement. Consideration of applications will begin March 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
ABD will be considered, Ph.D., preferred.
Review of applications begins March 10, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit the following: a letter of application, curriculum vita, teaching statement, research statement, writing sample, graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

One-Year Lectureship in Modern Iranian Studies at Princeton

Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies invites applications for a one-year full-time position in modern Iranian studies at the rank of Lecturer. The appointment is from September 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018. We welcome applications from early career historians and social scientists of modern Iran. Research expertise and teaching interests may concern any aspect of modern Iran, from the 19th century to the present. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a total of four courses in this field, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

To apply, please complete an online application at http://dof.princeton.edu/academicjobs. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least one course syllabus, and a paper or chapter of published writing or work-in-progress. Applicants must supply the names of three referees and their contact information in their online application.For any questions, please contact Karen Chirik (kchirik@princeton.edu). Apply here.

Review of applications will begin March 27, 2017.  This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

The Temple Bar Foundation was created in 1991 by the Right Honorable Lord Denning of Whitchurch, former Master of the Rolls, and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger to strengthen ties between leading members of the English and American bars and to advocate greater attention to the professional ethical standards those establishments share.

What is the Temple Bar?

The Temple Bar is a great arched stone gate, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, which once stood as an entrance to central London. The area surrounding the Temple Bar was where guilds of lawyers organized into what would become the four English Inns of Court. This same area is now considered “Legal London.” The archway stood in place until 1878, when modern traffic forced its removal to the countryside. It is the last of the original gates to London to remain standing. The Temple Bar gate was returned to the City of London and opened to the public in November 2004. It now serves as an entrance to Paternoster Square just north of one of Wren’s other great achievements, Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Temple Bar Program Highlights

The scholarship is from October 2 through October 27, 2017.

First week highlights:

  • Attend the ceremonial opening of the legal year at Westminster Abbey
  • Attend a welcome reception held at the Old Hall, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Visit the four Inns of Court
  • Meet with preeminent leaders of the English bench and bar

Other highlights:

  • “Shadow” a barrister and observe and discuss English trial practice
  • Spend time with a justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Observe appellate arguments
  • Discuss legal issues with the country’s highest judges

How are Temple Bar Scholars selected?

The three principal selection criteria for Temple Bar Scholars® are:

  • High academic achievement in law school
  • Experience as a law clerk for a judge or justice of a leading appellate court, including the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Demonstrated interest in international law issues

What are the costs?

  • Scholars are provided air transportation, lodging, and a modest stipend to help cover their expenses for the duration of the program.
  • Entertainment and additional travel expenses are the responsibility of the scholar, as are any costs associated with a lengthened stay.

How do I apply for a Temple Bar Scholarship?

  • Individuals interested in participating as a Temple Bar scholar must submit a resumé and short personal statement to the selection committee no later than April 30.
  • A link to the application brochure is in the “Resources” box above right. To receive a hard copy brochure or if you have questions, please send an e-mail to Cindy Dennis.
  • Applications should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the judge or justice for whom the applicant clerked.
  • Scholars will be selected by May 30.



The Law and Society Association Dissertation Award Committee is pleased to accept your nominations for the 2017 award.  Please see below for details and instructions on how to nominate a dissertation.

The Law and Society Association presents one award to the dissertation that best represents outstanding work in law and society research. The subject matter should be in the interdisciplinary tradition of law and society research, and should reflect the style of articles that appear in the Law & Society Review, such as work that examines law in culture and society, including interpretive, historical, social-scientific, and jurisprudential scholarship.

The selection committee welcomes international submissions (in English). The award carries a cash prize of $500.

Nominations require:

  • The dissertation must have been filed with the institution of higher education (U.S or non-U.S) during the calendar year prior to the award ceremony.
  • One letter of nomination from a regular member of the Law and Society Association. No self-nominations or student-member nominations are accepted.
  • The full dissertation in English; translations from other languages into English are welcome.
  • An abstract of the dissertation, also in English.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous Dissertation Award winners

Submit your nomination for the 2017 Dissertation Award

2017 Committee:

Tamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser University (chair)

Onur Bakiner, Seattle University

Michael Campbell, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Paul Collins, UMass Amherst

Elaine Draper, California State University Los Angeles

Corey Shdaimah, University of Maryland


Al-Qasimi Chair (Professor/Associate Professor) in Islamic Studies, IAIS, University of Exeter (Exeter, UK). The post holder will be a leading international figure with the ability to attract high quality researchers at doctoral and postdoctoral level to the Islamic Studies research group. Any area of Islamic Studies is an appropriate specialism including (but not limited to) history, theology, philosophy, literature, mysticism, law, jurisprudence, art and architecture, art history, anthropology and sociology, digital humanities, and any period of the study of Islam. Applications due 01 May 2017. Read more.

Calls for Papers/Conferences

Announcement and Call for Panels
Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law
Comparative Law, Faith and Religion:
The Role of Faith in Law

October 26-28, 2017
American University Washington College of Law
Washington D.C.

The American Society of Comparative Law and American University College of Law invite all interested scholars to consider submitting a panel proposal for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law that will be held between Thursday, October 26, and Saturday, October 28, 2017, at American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C.  entitled Comparative law, Faith and Religion:  The Role of Faith in Law.

This conference was in large part inspired by the work of the late Patrick Glenn on legal traditions.  Professor Glenn bravely undertook to “compare the world” with his emphasis on legal “traditions” and by extending the scope of comparative law beyond what most comparative scholars are comfortable with.  Glenn looked beyond the civil and common law legal traditions to the Chthonic, the near eastern Jewish and Islamic legal traditions, and to the Confucian and Hindu traditions that challenge our basic assumptions about the rule of law.

The conference organizers have distinguished between faith and religion. The term “faith” is defined as having “complete trust and confidence”, while the term religion is traditionally used to include the doctrine and institutions.  Of course, it is possible to have faith in God or a religion but it is also possible to have faith in a secular text such as the U.S. Constitution or a civil code, and this faith may be of such fervor that it could be called a secular religion.

Examples of diverse topics that such a conference could address are:  (1) historical or modern day attitudes that result in having faith in a legal tradition or developing religious attitudes towards secular texts such as the U.S. constitution; (2) a comparison of secular faith with religious faith in a legal system, perhaps looking at the history and development of western democracies; (3) the role of Christianity in development of common and/or civil law traditions; (4) comparative approaches to legal ethics and the influence of religion on development and implementation of ethical rules for lawyers and judges; (5) Islamic visions of dispute settlement and the role of Islamic law in modern day commercial arbitration; (6) the role of Catholicism in development of family law in Latin America; (7) Laws of the nation’s secular authority as faithless law;  (8) the continuing influence of Hindu “law”; (9) whether there is such a thing as Buddhist law?; (10) the influence of the Talmud on modern western legal systems or (11) the challenge of teaching about religion in a law school setting; etc.  Interdisciplinary work is encouraged.

The Annual Meeting of the ASCL will have two time slots for concurrent panels on Friday, October 27, 2017. One of these time slots will include panels organized around a common theme, while the other time slot will include panels arranged by region that may include more than one theme on comparative law, faith, and religion. We will consider all panel proposals but for the regional panels we especially encourage submissions focused on Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, and any other region or subregion that includes developing countries.

The Annual Meeting Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law will select the panels that will be held at the meeting in consultation with American University Washington College of Law. Panel proposals should include up to four speakers, a panel title, and a one-to-two-paragraph description of the ideas that the panel will explore. Panel proposals should be submitted via e-mail to Tra Pham at tpham@wcl.american.edu of American University Washington College of Law no later than June 1, 2017, and copied to Máximo Langer from the American Society of Comparative law at langer@law.ucla.edu.

Any questions about the panel proposals should be addressed to Máximo Langer and copied to Fernanda Nicola (fnicola@wcl.american.edu) and Padideh Alai (palai@wcl.american.edu)

Research and Graduate Programs

Engagement Lab @ Emerson College: MA in Civic Media, Art, and Practice (Boston, MA). For those who have an interest in digital Islamic law/humanities, and want graduate training to better prepare for an academic or industry career in the field, the Engagement Lab is accepting applications for their graduate program. Read more.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards