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Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Race and U.S. Politics

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

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Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Race and U.S. Politics

New Orleans, LA
Open Date:
Jun 16, 2021
Close Date:
Sep 8, 2021

Position Description: The Department of Political Science and the Africana Studies Program at Tulane University invite applications for a tenure-line faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a research and teaching focus on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics in the United States. The successful candidate’s research should focus on people of African descent and may fall within any of the subfields of U.S. politics, including American political thought and American political development. We are especially interested in candidates whose research interests are related to U.S. public policy and governance. Other areas of research might include protest, social movements, representation, inequality, structural racism, or identity. We welcome applicants from any theoretical or methodological tradition. Appointment would begin July 1, 2022.

The successful candidate will have a tenure home in the Political Science department with a joint appointment in the Africana Studies Program with teaching and service shared equally between the two units. Most courses will be cross-listed between the two units. The Political Science department, which features a dynamic Ph.D. program, specializes in the study of political development and public policy and has strong affiliations with other interdisciplinary programs such as Gender & Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, U.S. Public Policy, Social Policy & Practice, and Political Economy. Political Science has recently completed an external review, which has led it to identify a strategic focus on the politics of inequality and development and has been authorized to conduct three new tenure-line faculty searches this year.

Tulane’s vibrant Africana Studies Program is comprised of both joint and affiliate faculty drawn from across Tulane’s academic programs and departments and centers the interdisciplinary and global study of Africa and its diasporas. This is an exciting time for growth in Africana Studies, which added two new tenure-track joint appointments last year, and the School of Liberal Arts has stated a commitment to building the program with more joint faculty positions. Additionally, the School of Liberal Arts has robust support for faculty research and programming across the disciplines. The teaching load is 2-2 and the successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in Political Science and Africana Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


PhD is required at the time of appointment.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on September 1. To be considered, applications must be submitted by September 8. Required materials include a letter of interest describing qualifications and interest, current CV, writing samples, and three letters of recommendation. The PhD is required at the time of appointment. For additional information, applicants can contact J. Celeste Lay, Chair of the search committee ([email protected]).

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