Assistant Professor, African History, Connecticut College

The Department of History at Connecticut College invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in African History to begin July 1, 2022. All-time and thematic approaches to sub-Saharan African history are welcome. We especially seek experts in African history who incorporate African languages into their research. We are interested in scholars whose research and/or teaching explores some of the following topics: black radical social and political movements. African indigeneity; gender and sexuality, health and medicine, human rights, and environmental and economic injustice, and transnational connections. A successful candidate will be able to guide students who are interested in looking at this field from perspectives that center the scholarship and experiences of Africans and include indigenous sources.

At Connecticut College, Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary program that critically and systematically examines the cultures, histories, and experiences of people of African heritage globally. Drawing from a wide variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, majors in Africana Studies, undertake intellectually rigorous research, writing, and analysis of peoples of African descent and engage scholarship in activism and lived experiences. History would expect a new hire in African History to continue the tradition of contributing to Africana Studies.

We seek a colleague who is an excellent teacher and is enthusiastic about working closely with students in a liberal arts context. At the time of official appointment, candidates must have a Ph.D. in African History. Successful candidates will be able to teach courses on pre-colonial, colonial, and modern African history. After a first year of teaching 2-2, professors teach 3-2 (5 courses total over the academic year). Salary is competitive.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching and research. We recognize that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. AA/EOE

Connecticut College requires employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must present their COVID-19 vaccination record to Human Resources before the first day of employment. Individuals who have a medical condition or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from getting the vaccine may confidentially request an exemption through the Office of Human Resources. Additional COVID-19 safety protocols, such as participation in weekly testing, will be required of faculty, staff, and students who have approved vaccine exemptions.

Please submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter that address your scholarship, teaching effectiveness, and mentorship of students. In the cover letter, please present your expertise, skills, and past and potential contributions to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Materials should be submitted to Interfolio at Please consult Connecticut College’s Equity and Inclusion Plan site –

Please also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be submitted to Interfolio. Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to the search chair, Prof. Marc Forster ([email protected]).