CRC in Colonial Legal Histories

March 11, 2021

The Faculty of Arts at the UBC – Vancouver campus invites applications from existing faculty members within UBC at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor for a SSHRC Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Colonial Legal Histories. Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable once, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. The successful candidate will be an innovative researcher who works across disciplines (e.g., law, history, sociology) and methodological approaches, bringing legal and archival research together with insights from social theory. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in histories of colonialism and anti-colonialism in South Asia and the Indian Ocean World.


The Faculty of Arts is a Faculty of distinction and excellence in both teaching and research and home to over twenty Canada Research Chairs across a wide range of humanities and social science units. The Chair in Colonial Legal Histories will be located in the Department of Sociology, which ranks among the strongest departments in the world and within the top three in Canada. Its faculty are dedicated to theoretically strong and empirically-oriented research across a wide scope of specializations in seven core research streams, including health and healthcare; work, economy, and globalization; race, ethnicity, and immigration; family and life course; gender and sexuality; environment, community, and social movements; and knowledge, culture, and power. For more information about the Faculty of Arts, visit and for information about the Department of Sociology, visit


The successful candidate will be an international leader in their field of research whose scholarly profile and research proposal meet the criteria of the CRC program and demonstrate an excellent fit with institutional strategic goals and the aims of the position. The Chair will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to attract and supervise undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and to contribute to service at all levels within the University and to the profession.


Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a Tier 1 CRC position. Tier 1 CRC nominees must be Professors or Associate Professors who are expected to be promoted to the Professor rank within one or two years of the nomination. The Canada Research Chairs Program supports outstanding researchers in areas that will further UBC’s strategic research plan. All Chair nominations are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information and further details on eligibility criteria.


Applications must be submitted electronically at: Please be prepared provide the following items: curriculum vitae; one sample of published research; description of your most significant research accomplishments (max. 500 words); research program proposal for a Tier 1 CRC in Colonial Legal Histories (max. 4 pages); statements (max. 200 words each): (a) research methodology; (b) potential for training undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral researchers; (c) dissemination of results and engagement with research end users; and (d) experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. Applicants should also be prepared to provide contact information for at least four potential referees from whom confidential letters of assessment can be obtained. The closing date for applications is 11:59pm, April 10, 2021. Only complete applications will be considered by the committee. Inquiries about the position may be sent to Professor Brett Eaton at The Chair is expected to begin June 1, 2022.


In assessing applications, UBC recognizes the legitimate impact that leaves (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. These leaves will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process. UBC welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To make a confidential request for accommodations, please contact Professor Gillian Creese, Associate Dean Faculty at


The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. An inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning and decision-making modes. For additional information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources (for faculty and staff as well as students), please visit the Centre for Accessibility: For support and assistance with accommodation questions, contact


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


In accordance with UBC’s CRC Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Action Plan, and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be restricted to members in one or more of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities (members of groups that are racially categorized), persons with disabilities, and Indigenous Peoples. Applicants to Canada Research Chair positions are asked to complete this equity survey ( as part of the application process, and applicants must self-identify as belonging to one or more of the designated equity groups to be considered for the position. Because the search is limited to those self-identifying as members of designated equity groups, candidates must also provide their name when completing the equity survey in order to be considered.


Personal information is collected under the authority of sections 26(a) and 26(c) of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information you provide will only be used to determine whether you qualify for participation in this hiring process. Equity Survey Data will be collected by the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office and only the names of those who identify as women, visible minorities (member of groups that are racially categorized) and/or Indigenous Peoples will be shared with the search committee. Currently, UBC’s CRC complement has a gap in representation of persons with disabilities. Until such time as this is remedied, the names of those self-identifying as having a disability will be provided separately to the search committee. Responses will be stored in a secure database.