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Professor in History specializing in the “History of Contemporary Maghreb” at Sciences Po

Status: Candidates must be a Professor or be in an equivalent position at a foreign university at the time of hiring.

Discipline: History
Profile: The history of contemporary Maghreb is undergoing significant developments with regard to colonial and imperial history as well as pre-colonial and post-colonial history, across its political, social and cultural dimensions. In its quest to become more international, the Center for History is therefore seeking to hire an expert in contemporary Maghreb who is able to develop research and courses spanning a long period, from the 19th century to the present, and to connect them to the transnational history of the Mediterranean area when applicable.


Candidates must be internationally renown thanks to their research, professional activities, teaching experience, publications and language skills. They must demonstrate their involvement in the most active and recognized international research networks in their field of research. Thorough knowledge of archival resources is required, in addition to the ability to dialog with the other social sciences, especially the ones present at Sciences Po. Candidates will also have to demonstrate their ability to train students in research at the Masters level, mentor PhD students and secure research grants.  

The hired professor will teach in French and/or English across all levels at Sciences Po, including undergraduate courses (in Paris and at the regional campuses, especially Menton), masters and doctoral courses, and masters courses at other schools, such as PSIA (Paris School of International Affairs). Candidates’ ability to teach courses in fields and subjects beyond the confines of their research interests, and their knowledge of the international debates shaping historiography will be especially appreciated. Annual teaching duties are 128 master class-equivalent (CM) hours that include 72 hours of courses per year and complementary pedagogical services (56 CM hours).   

Recruitment Process 

Professors who are working at an institution of higher education outside of France and are not certified by the Conseil national des universités (CNU) need to ask Sciences Po’s Academic Board to determine their eligibility for this position and must must reach out to the head of the selection committee – marc.lazar@sciencespo.fr – by 15 June 2018.

Candidates must submit their application through the “Galaxie” portal of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research by 3 September 2018:


The application must include the following documents:

  • A cover letter with a presentation of the research projects that the candidate intends to pursue;
  • A CV and complete list of publications;
  • 3 notable publications;
  • A synopsis and, if possible, course evaluations.

and be electronically submitted by 3 September 2018 to the president of the selection committee: marc.lazar@sciencespo.fr, and to drh.poleacademique@sciencespo.fr.

The Selection Committee will examine all of the applications and preselect 3-4 candidates who will be invited to present their research to the academic community during a Sciences Po ‘Job talk’.

As part of its gender equality policy, Sciences Po encourages female candidacies.

Unit of Affiliation


Marc LAZAR marc.lazar@sciencespo.fr
Isabelle de Vienne, Executive Secretary

Sciences Po is an institution of higher education and research in the humanities and social sciences. Its permanent research community – 210 professors and researchers – is built around 12 established and internationally recognized entities (including 5 units jointly run with the CNRS and 4 host teams), and is divided into 5 academic departments. 

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