Rice University Tenure-Track Position Available in Anthropology of Biomedicine, Africa, and African Diaspora

The Department of Anthropology at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin July 1, 2021. As part of university-wide effort to support the newly-created Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), we seek a medical anthropologist and/or STS scholar focused on race and health or biomedicine in Africa or the African diaspora. Possible topics could include but are not limited to African/American biomedicine, environmental racism, and/or (post)genomics. In addition to this thematic specialization, we are looking for a colleague that can contribute to teaching theory requirements in our graduate and undergraduate degrees. We are committed to an expansive understanding of African and African American studies as a field of research and theoretical innovation that belongs to the center of our field, not to its margins. In tandem with our department’s strengths in multiscalar approaches, candidates should have a track record of methodological innovation in anthropological ethnography. Faculty members are expected to perform research, publish scholarly articles and books, and to keep up with current research in the field. They also teach classes at the graduate and undergraduate level, supervise and grade student work, and serve on committees within the university, in addition to performing service to the profession at large.

The position is approved at the Assistant Professor rank, but exceptional applicants at a more senior level may be considered, subject to university approval. Candidates must currently have a Ph.D. or complete the Ph.D. by July 1, 2021. Candidates should submit (a) a cover letter that presents the candidate’s research, teaching trajectory and future plans, (b) a CV, (c) two writing samples, and (d) the names and contact information of three references. All materials should be submitted online using Rice Works. Reference letters will be requested from candidates on the long list only. Review of applications will begin on October 15th, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Please address any questions to the Search committee chair, Professor Kamala Visweswaran, kv18@rice.edu.