American Studies

Fall 2024 TA and Reader Positions

We welcome applications from Americanists and those who are working on US-related research topics.

The first review of applications will take place on April 15. After that, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis

To apply for a position,  please send your resume and some information about yourself and your relevant experience to Laura Spautz,

Readers are paid $19.53 an hour and are hired at 25% variable time, which is equivalent to a total of 170 hours for the semester. Total work hours will be finalized based on enrollments and will be adjusted accordingly.


*One TA position for American Studies 10: Going Nuclear (4 units) – Instructors: C. Palmer and M. Brilliant – POSITION FILLED

*One Reader position for American Studies C111E/English C136: The Seventies  (4 units) – Instructor: S. Saul

*One Reader position for American Studies 101: Dust and Chrome: America and the 1930’s (4 units) Instructor: A. Craghead – POSITION FILLED

*Two Reader positions for American Studies 110: Listening to America (4 units) – Instructors: C. Palmer and D. Miller – POSITION FILLED

*One Reader position for American Studies 101: A History of the Present: US After 9/11 (4 units) – Instructor M. Cohen- POSITION FILLED

* One TA position for American Studies C112 / Geography C160 —The American Landscape: Place, Power, and Culture (4 units)—Instructor: A. Craghead – POSITION FILLED

Seeking a teaching assistant (GSI) for The American Landscape, a course that focuses on seeing and interpreting American histories and cultures, as revealed in everyday built surroundings. Teaching assistant will be responsible for 1-2 sections per week, plus other duties, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Lecture attendance

  • Readings

  • 1-2 hours of office hours per week

  • Record keeping

  • Reading and grading of three assignments and two exams

  • Occasional consultation meetings with the instructor

Qualifications: No prior knowledge of cultural geography is required, however, an ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity with the interdisciplinary subjects that span the humanities and the social sciences. A strong preference will be given to candidates with a working knowledge of geographic methods, historical methods (e.g. archival research), anthropology, and/or art history, or working knowledge of professional fields such as architecture, city planning, and  landscape architecture. Prior teaching experience is not required, but is welcome.

To be considered, please send an email with:

Short explanation of your qualifications and interests, including your educational background or program, and why you want to teach for this course;

A brief CV or Resume;

Contact information for 1-2 references, e.g. a past professor, a thesis advisor, or an instructor for whom you previously served as a TA or reader;

Emails should be directed to Laura Spautz, American Studies SAA, at:

Review of application will begin March 15 and continue until a candidate is selected. 


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