Lecturer in Fashion History, University of York


History of Art at York is one of the largest and most dynamic communities of art historians in the UK, with eighteen colleagues who cover all periods from late antiquity to the present. The department ranked first for Environment and Impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (2021), and in the top 10 overall. We teach approximately 180 undergraduate, 40 Masters, and 80 PhD students, who follow a wide range of programmes, including our BA in Curating and Art History. The department has piloted successful Fashion History modules, and now wishes to broaden its offering. Teaching in the department is supported by a friendly atmosphere, small-group teaching, regular study trips, and spectacular historic locations. The department has initiated innovative partnerships with museums, galleries, and heritage organisations, coordinated through York Art History Collaborations, and hosts the innovative Digital Museum of Dress Accessories.


The Department seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Fashion History. We aim to recruit an exceptionally able scholar with a keen interest in developing innovative teaching programmes including a new Master’s programme in Fashion History. We welcome applications from scholars working on any aspect of Fashion History in the period since 1700, but preference may be given to those whose expertise goes beyond Europe and North America and/or complements existing departmental strengths, such as curating, Islamic art, intellectual property, and art law.

You should be developing a reputation in your field, with high-quality publications that address major questions, and well-developed plans for future research. Your application should demonstrate how your research complements and extends the department’s existing strength in Fashion History. You will be able to teach a range of modules, to contribute to curriculum development, and to supervise doctoral research. We expect the successful applicant to take advantage of the collegial and collaborative research environment at York. You will work closely with our existing museum and gallery partners, and nurture new student-focussed collaborations in the sector.

The post is available from 1 September 2024.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • PhD in History of Art or related field of study relevant to Fashion History, or equivalent experience
  • Specialist knowledge of Fashion History in the period 1700 to the present
  • Appropriate academic teaching qualifications or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate
  • Certificate in Academic Practice
  • Ability to design and deliver teaching material and demonstrate evidence of successful teaching and
  • supervision within a Higher Education environment
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to high quality, and ability to display creativity, initiative, and judgement
  • Collaborative approach
  • Commitment to the undertaking of administration duties

Please direct informal enquiries to Professor Liz Prettejohn,

Interview date: 22 March 2024.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as  Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

We also encourage applications from women for senior roles.

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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