Two Academic Openings at Cornell

I have the pleasure of announcing two tenure-track positions at Cornell that are of special relevance to me, one in my home department (Government) and one covering my geographical area of interest (Southeast Asia). Please distribute widely.

The first position is for a comparativist, with a specialization in formal methods.

The Department of Government Invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Comparative Politics to begin July 1, 2013. Candidates will be expected to offer graduate courses in game theory and/or formal modeling. Topical and geographical areas of specialization are open. Recent or prospective PhDs should have substantial promise of excellence in research and teaching, and demonstrated research skills and training; they should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, samples of written work, and three letters of recommendation, as well as teaching evaluations if available. A PhD is required no later than July 1, 2013. Electronic application materials should be sent to: We will begin to review applications starting September 14, 2012, and will continue until the search is completed. Cornell is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator, and we strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates.

The second is for a specialist in Southeast Asian literature, religion, or culture, from the Department of Asian Studies.

The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University announces a tenure-track assistant professor position for a scholar and teacher of Southeast Asian literature, religion, and/or culture. Scholars attentive to the intersections of Islam with literary and intellectual histories are especially encouraged to apply. Abilities to teach general education introductory classes as well as more advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars are necessary. Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2013, and publishing record or strong potential for publishing are important. Submit by November 5, 2012, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of teaching experience, and three letters of recommendation electronically at Cornell University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. For further information contact:

Comments 4

  1. Penang September 9, 2012

    I truly hope that at least one of the two openings can be used to carry out more research on the effects – and of course, the counter-effects – of racism in the “Indolaysia” region.

    I have searched your blog, and only 4 of your postings touched upon racism and/or racist – as if you do not see any racism at all

    And for the piece you did for Malaysia – instead of outright racism, you prefer to substitute it with the euphamism “communalism” instead

    It’s the official apartheid system that had brought on all these so-called “communalistic” effects that you see (if you do open your eyes, that is) in the “Indolaysia” region

  2. Tom September 10, 2012

    Thank you for your comments. Let me advise you to read my work—on my blog, and my professional writing as well—more closely before you drawing your conclusions about what I do and do not believe.

  3. penang September 19, 2012

    Funny enough, I came to my conclusion _after_ I read the articles on your blog.

    But I don’t blame you. You are not from this region.

    To you, the “Indolaysia” region is merely a subject for your study, not something that you should care about.

    Whatever the people do (no matter which race), you note them down.

    Whatever happened (no matter how tragic they be), you note them down as well.

    It’s the final analysis that counts. What happened in between doesn’t matter.

    Likewise, no matter how unjustified the Apartheid system that Malaysia is, no matter how sinister the implementations have become – they are not important to researchers as you.

    In other words, the people in the Indolaysia region are like “lab mice” to researchers from abroad.

    The only bone I have is though, is the non-threatening euphemisms that you have chosen – to cover up the rampant racism that are being practised.

    What is wrong with calling a spade, a spade?

    Why do you have to cover up racism from officialdom with euphemism like “communalism” ?

    With the use of ‘communalism’ you are grouping the victims along with the perpetrators – instead of pointing out racism, as it is.

    But I leave it all to you.

    This is your blog. This research is yours.

    I am but one of your many “lab mice” from this region.

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