Indigenous Studies Job at The Ohio State University


The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (DSEELC) at The Ohio State University invites applications for a position at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor. We seek an innovative scholar and excellent teacher whose research program centers on Indigenous Siberian Studies. We invite scholars whose research interests explore questions about indigenous people’s knowledges and cultural practices as they intersect with one or more of the following: race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, im/mobility, health, food, and environment, in imperial/post-imperial, communist/post-communist, or comparative contexts. While we will give preference to candidates with a research profile in Indigenous Siberian Studies, we will also consider applicants whose work examines this set of questions around the experiences of non-Slavic communities in other parts of the Russian Federation or who look at indigenous communities in a comparative perspective, as well as scholars who investigate “Siberia” as a constructed and contested colonial location. Ideally, candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a record of community engagement is desirable. The candidate will be able to offer introductory courses in Ohio State’s newly re-designed General Education program, as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in the department, and will contribute to DSEELC’s strengths in cultural studies.

This hire in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures is part of a cluster hiring collaboration with the Department of Comparative Studies, the Department of English, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies which will each hire an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies. The Ohio State University occupies the ancestral and contemporary territories of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe and Cherokee peoples. Ohio State was the location of the first meeting of the Society of American Indians (SAI) in 1911, and today the university has an American Indian Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences which offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate Minor. The Office of Student Life supports Native American/Indigenous Initiatives through its Multicultural Center. The Ohio State University campus located in Newark, Ohio, supports the Newark Earthworks Center, an interdisciplinary academic center that develops projects and research about indigenous people, cultures, and tribes that produced monumental earthen architecture in the region. DSEELC looks forward to building cross-disciplinary and cross-campus collaborations by expanding the scholarly dialogue with knowledges of Indigenous Studies in global context.


Required: Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment (August 15, 2023), and possess native or near-native fluency in Russian and English. ABDs welcome to apply.

Preferred: Candidates with training in Slavic Studies, Comparative Studies, and/or Anthropology are preferred as well as those with competency in other language(s), particularly indigenous languages.

Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

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Application Instructions:

Apply to Academic Jobs Online. A complete application consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research, teaching and diversity statements, and three letters of reference. The diversity statement should articulate your demonstrated commitments and capacities to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach and engagement. Review of applications will begin on November 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed first to Professor Yana Hashamova (

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Cover letter

Curriculum Vitae

Research statement

Teaching statement

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Further Info:

Yana Hashamova (