Associate or Full Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Brandeis University

The Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) at Brandeis University seeks an interdisciplinary scholar of African Studies for a full-time, tenure-track position at the associate or full professor level. Applications from exceptionally advanced assistant professors who would be immediately tenure will also be considered. The successful candidate’s term will begin in the Fall of 2022. This position is subject to budget approval.

We seek applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on contemporary African affairs, with a special emphasis on the dynamic relationship between society, politics, economics, and culture. We are especially interested in scholars who are able to think through and, importantly, beyond the lens of development. Scholars working on contemporary social movements, radical politics, youth cultures, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and new media, or any combination thereof, are encouraged to apply. So too are scholars who can bring fresh analytical perspectives to the interrelated phenomena of migration and diaspora within and beyond the African continent. We also seek a scholar who will draw on their expertise in both theoretical and applied social science research to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

In addition to candidates with PhDs in African Studies, we welcome applicants who hold a PhD in other relevant interdisciplinary fields, such as Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Global Development; Legal Studies; and Environmental Studies, or in a relevant social science discipline, such as, but not limited to Geography, Politics, Sociology, and Economics. We also welcome scholars based at African institutions to apply. In addition to possessing strong research, publishing, and teaching profile, the successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record of leadership and/or a desire to take on a leadership role within the department. The course load is 2/2.

Qualified applicants should submit:
A detailed cover letter that addresses the kinds of contributions your research and teaching interests are poised to make to our department and to the interdisciplinary project of African and African American Studies more broadly.
Current curriculum vitae.
Published chapter or article-length writing sample.
Names and contact information for three references.
A statement about your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion that details your accomplishments thus far in advancing these principles and your vision for future work in this area if hired as a Brandeis faculty member.

Please submit these materials electronically at: The first consideration will be given to applications received by November 1, 2021. Questions about the position can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Carina Ray ([email protected]).

At Brandeis, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission, we value and are seeking candidates that represent a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits and creative endeavors, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, just, and inclusive campus community.