University of Southern California Tenure-track Professorship in Global Black Studies

The Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Global Black Studies with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2021. The successful candidates will be scholars trained in the humanities or social sciences whose scholarship approaches Africana and Black Studies from international or global perspective. 

We are especially interested in scholars working in areas such as Black radical thought and critical race theory in international, transnational, diasporic or global perspective; African migration and refugee studies including the politics of citizenship, xenophobia, and anti-Black racism around the world; African philosophy, Caribbean theory, and the global production of knowledge about sub-Saharan African cultures, resources, histories and peoples; comparative studies of blackness, institutional racism, state sanctioned anti-Black violence, environmental racism, plantation cultures and global carceral geographies; transnational and global projects of social justice, political organization, solidarity and coalition building, including through the use of new and old media; the global circulation and consumption of Black, African, and African diasporic culture and cultural artifacts whether in museums, popular culture, or performance culture; Black space, architecture, urban design, global cities, and Blackcosmopolitanism; pan-African mobilities, hemispheric Black studies, Black indigeneity and blackness and/in the Global South; African humanitarianism, public health, international debt, and global economic justice. Scholars may focus on Anglophone or non-Anglophone contexts, and their research may cover the lived experiences of people of African descent in any part of the world. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in an appropriate field of study.

Application dossiers should include: 1) a cover letter that addresses the candidates qualifications for the position, research agenda, and teaching interests; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) two publications or works-in-progress indicative of the strength and breadth of the candidate’s scholarship relevant to this position; 4) the names of three individuals who may be contacted to provide letters of reference after an initial dossier screening.

Materials received by Friday December 4 2020 will receive full consideration. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Edwin Hill, chair of the search committee, at

Full details and application links can be found online.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.