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Ancient Political Philosophy

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus: College of Arts and Sciences: Classics and Letters


Norman, OK

Open Date

Jan 10, 2021


The Department of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma is seeking to hire a faculty member of exceptional ability with a specialization in Greek and/or Roman Political Philosophy. Subfields of interest include but are not limited to: the political thought of individual philosophers or schools; education, citizenship, and virtue; freedom, justice, and punishment; comparative forms of government or empire; the history of democracy; or the classical tradition in American political history. We seek a tenure-track Assistant Professor who can be a key bridge-builder, through both research and teaching, between ancient political philosophy and modern constitutional thought and history. The first department founded at the University, OU Classics and Letters now houses the Institute for American Constitutional Heritage, a nationally recognized, independent center for the study of American constitutionalism, with which the successful candidate will work closely ( This position is, therefore, a link between academic pillars within Classics and Letters and represents an exciting opportunity to foster a creative and interdisciplinary program. In addition, the successful candidate will benefit from dynamic interactions outside the department, including with the Department of Philosophy, its successful graduate program, and the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing (, an award-winning center that seeks to revitalize and renew the study and cultivation of virtue in higher education. The assigned teaching load will be two courses per semester.


The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Classics, Philosophy, or closely related discipline. Evidence of an exceptional research agenda and successful teaching are prerequisites.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should initially submit a cover letter, a current C.V., a writing sample (chapter or article), a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and three letters of recommendation to

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021. The search will remain open until filled.

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