Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair of Women’s History

Salary:  PROFESSOR (A20)

Start date: 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Faculty of History in association with St John's College

The Faculty of History and St John’s College seek to appoint to the Hillary Rodham Clinton Professorship of Women’s History from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The establishment of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Chair of Women’s History as a Statutory Professorship reflects the importance that the University attaches to women’s history. There is a rich culture of work in women’s history and related areas at Oxford. It is taught throughout our syllabus in outline, specialist and theme papers, as well as in historiography and methodology options. It is a central topic of interest for many undergraduates, as well as being a focus for the research of significant numbers of postgraduate students and early career researchers. As the Hillary Rodham Clinton Professor you will contribute to graduate teaching for the interdisciplinary MSt in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and provide lectures and thesis supervision for undergraduates.

You will play a leading role in the Faculty’s main research centre for women’s history, acting as its Director from time to time, seeking funds to support it and helping to generate and maintain an exciting portfolio of activities. The centre brings together women’s, gender and queer histories from across the University. You will work with colleagues, particularly the Jonathan Cooper Professor of the History of Sexualities, to shape its focus for the future. You will be expected to lead the development of major new projects which will support the growth of the field, including funded grant applications, workshops, course design, public events and outreach, broadly defined. You will organise an annual public lecture in women’s history. Statutory professors are expected to take a prominent part in the administration of the Faculty, serving regularly on the Board, and being prepared to hold major offices. In addition to your role in the Faculty of History, you will be appointed as a Professorial Fellow of St John’s College and will be expected to be an active participant in College life.

We are seeking a major historian and intellectual, who will be a champion for women’s history both externally and internally. You may specialise in any aspect of women’s history from any period and region after 250 CE, and will have broad interests in the field, an excellent record of innovative research and publications, the capacity to lead and inspire others, and an ability to communicate the importance of women’s history to a wide public.

Applications are to be made online. The closing date is 12:00 (UK time) on Monday 4 March 2024.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. The History Faculty holds a bronze Athena SWAN award. We are fully committed to creating an environment in which everyone, whatever their sex, race, gender, identity or sexuality can fulfil their potential.

If you would like to discuss this post and find out more about joining the academic community at Oxford, please contact the Chair of the History Faculty Board, Professor Rob Iliffe (robert.iliffe@history.ox.ac.uk). For queries about St John’s College, please contact the President, Professor Dame Sue Black (president@sjc.ox.ac.uk).