The Department of History at Clark University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of  Sub-Saharan African History (post-1500) to begin Fall 2022. All regional specializations and topics of study will be considered. Scholars whose work includes research in a non-European language preferred, but not required. Candidates must have PhD in hand no later than August 2022.

We seek a historian with the ability to teach courses at all levels of our undergraduate curriculum (introductory surveys in African History and more specialized courses for advanced undergraduates) and complement existing departmental strengths in African-American History/African Diaspora, the Atlantic World, and the British Empire. In addition, we seek applicants capable of contributing to the training of MA students in History’s accelerated degree program and Ph.D. students in Holocaust and Genocide History. Finally, the successful candidate will be prepared to teach courses that scaffold the study of Africa beyond the History Department (Art History, Geography, and International Development, Community, and Environment) and contribute to programs in Africana Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, or other relevant interdisciplinary programs.

This position is part of a university-wide hiring initiative at Clark University focusing on the hiring of “synergy” positions that will offer discipline-specific courses that contribute to and strengthen our interdisciplinary concentration in Africana Studies at the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies (CGRAS). Each appointment made as part of the synergy hire will reside full-time in the hiring department with promotion processes occurring in the hiring home department. The university’s commitment to recruitment and retention of talented, diverse scholars includes enhanced support to members of the synergy hire, including a 1-1 teaching load in the first year and priority participation in robust mentorship programs offered by both Clark University and the New England Board of Higher Education’s North Star Collective.

About CGRAS and Africana Studies: CGRAS is an academic hub at Clark University consisting of a federation of interdisciplinary programs designed to engage and facilitate intellectual synergies within and across intersectional approaches to gender, race, and ethnicity in scholarship and teaching. It spans a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences that advance the academic and compositional diversification of Clark University, providing a vibrant intellectual and mentorship space. The Africana Studies program is an undergraduate concentration that delivers courses spanning sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora (inclusive of African American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-European studies).

For full consideration go to to submit a letter of application, c.v., a summary of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference no later than October 18, 2021. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Professor Amy Richter, Chair, African History Search Committee at [email protected]. Applicants’ statements should detail how their scholarship and teaching will support the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds and further Clark’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates may instead submit a separate diversity statement.

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. All positions at Clark share the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.