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Assistant Professor - Political Anthropology of Land Dispossession, Conflict, & Migration in Africa

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Assistant Professor - Political Anthropology of Land Dispossession, Conflict, & Migration in Africa

Date Posted: 12/17/2021
Closing Date: 01/24/2022, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 21795
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Dept of Anthropology and African Studies Program
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)



The Department of Anthropology and the African Studies Program, New College, in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position in political anthropology in the Horn of Africa. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and it will be a joint appointment between the Department of Anthropology (75%) and the African Studies Program, New College (25%) with an expected start date of July 1, 2022.

Applicants must have earned a PhD in Anthropology by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, and have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. Candidates will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. We seek a scholar with expertise in political anthropology and African Studies whose research examines land ownership, dispossession, and migration, particularly in contexts of conflict, climate change, and/or foreign investment in Africa, especially the Horn of Africa. Additionally, expertise in engaged/public anthropology is required.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen existing strengths in the Department of Anthropology and the African Studies Program. Applicants are encouraged to review the research and teaching profiles of current faculty members in the Department of Anthropology and the African Studies Program.

Excellence in research will be demonstrated through publications, published or forthcoming, in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals; the submitted research statement; presentations at significant conferences; invited lectures; grants, accolades, or awards; and strong endorsements by referees of high stature. Expertise in public/engaged anthropology will be demonstrated through op-eds, podcasts, or other media in significant journalistic venues. Demonstrated impact of community-collaborative work through the development and implementation of social justice initiatives will also be considered as evidence of public/engaged anthropology.

Evidence for excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching awards and accomplishments as appropriate for stage of career; strong letters of reference; and the teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a recent article or chapter-length writing sample, a research statement outlining current and future research interests, evidence of expertise in engaged/public anthropology as listed above, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching, and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1‐2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference (on letterhead, dated, and signed) sent directly by the referee via email with the Subject line “Anthropology/African Studies Position” to [email protected] by the closing date. PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at: If you have questions about this position, please contact Professor Holly Wardlow, at [email protected]. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 24, 2022.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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