Brandeis University, Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Position ID:Brandeis-CrownCenter-SF [#18305]
Position Title: Senior Fellow
Position Type:Fellowship or award
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Israel Studies
Middle East Studies
Appl Deadline:2021/04/15 11:59PMhelp popup** (posted 2021/03/15)
Position Description:   URMs  

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The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University seeks qualified applicants for a one-year Senior Fellow teaching and research position. The successful candidate will teach the Crown Center’s flagship course Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East in Fall 2021 and pursue their own research during the year. The primary textbook for the course is Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East, by Abdel Monem Said Aly, Shai Feldman, and Khalil Shikaki, which is written from a Palestinian, Israeli, and broader Arab perspective to provide students with a multiplicity of narratives on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peacemaking efforts. In addition to teaching, the Senior Fellow will conduct their own research and participate in all activities of the Crown Center. The successful applicant will be a Senior Fellow at the Crown Center and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Politics in which the course is taught. This position is renewable for a second year upon evaluation. 

The 2021-2022 Senior Fellow position is open rank and open discipline. The successful candidate must hold a PhD (or the equivalent in experience) and show a track record of scholarship on and/or teaching of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Candidates should be willing to adopt the course textbook and examine the conflict from multiple perspectives, in accordance with the Crown Center’s founding principle of balanced and dispassionate analysis.

The position is a one-year appointment beginning August 1, 2021 and ending May 31, 2022.  The position is renewable for a second year upon evaluation. The Senior Fellow is required to teach Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East in Fall 2021 and is expected to conduct their own research and participate in the activities of the Crown Center throughout the year.  Salary ranges from $65,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits, including health insurance, can be provided if needed. The successful candidate will also be provided with a research budget of $3,000 to be used for their own scholarship and a separate budget to invite guest speakers for their Fall 2021 course. This is a residential fellowship requiring the Senior Fellow to be in residence at the Crown Center during their appointment. They are also required to write a Middle East Brief and participate in all Crown Center events, including talks, workshops, staff meetings, and retreats. Application Materials

  1. Cover Letter, which includes a statement on their research and teaching philosophy
  2. Current CV
  3. Teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching effectiveness
  4. Names and contact information of three references

Application Deadline 
April 15, 2021 

May 15, 2021


You may direct inquiries to Kristina Cherniahivsky at or call 781-736-5320

Brandeis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’s history and mission, the Crown Center values and is seeking candidates with a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, unified, and just campus community.

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Further Info:
Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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