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Position TitleAssistant ProfessorDepartmentAnthropologyPosition Description

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 a university-wide effort to support the newly-created Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) at Rice University, we seek a sociocultural anthropologist who works on political and legal anthropology, economic anthropology, and/or political economy in relation to contemporary issues in Africa and the African diaspora. Candidates whose work intersects with science and technology studies are welcome. Candidates’ research will focus on the structural and/or historical factors that shape political, legal and economic conditions globally, including, but not limited to, legacies of exploitation, racism, and white supremacy. In addition to this thematic specialization, we are looking for a colleague who can contribute to teaching requirements in our graduate and undergraduate programs, including, but not limited to, decolonial, postcolonial, or other critical approaches to theory. In tandem with our department’s strengths, the new colleague would hold a track record of methodological innovation in anthropological ethnography. We are committed to an expansive understanding of African and African diaspora studies as a field of research and theoretical innovation that belongs to the center of our field, not to its margins. 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. 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 you might have about this search to the committee chair, Prof. Andrea Ballestero, [email protected].

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EEO StatementEducation RequiredPhD or other Doctoral DegreeSpecify Concentration / Degree TypeEducation PreferredOther Required QualificationsOther Qualifications PreferredPhysical DemandsRice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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Requisition NumberF21012Open Date08/13/2020Close DateOpen Until FilledYesBest Consideration Date10/15/2020Desired Start Date07/01/2021Position StatusFull-TimeBenefits EligibleYesSpecial Instructions to the ApplicantPosting Linkhttp://jobs.rice.edu/postings/24284Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Writing Sample
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Writing Sample 2
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    Posted: 8/26/2020
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