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Assistant/Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of California-Irvine

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University of California Irvine

Assistant/Associate Professor of Anthropology


Open date: August 16th, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Oct 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured Assistant/Associate Professor position in Black Studies. Geographic area and thematic research foci are open. We especially welcome applications from scholars whose research provides critical perspectives on racism, white supremacy, and racial capitalism by deploying intersectional Black theories and methodologies, such as, but not limited to, Black ecologies, Black queer and feminist theory, Black radicalism, embodiment, Black geographies, abolition, decolonization, Black liberation, African diaspora, and global Blackness.

The position is made possible by the UCI Black Thriving Initiative (BTI) Faculty Cluster Hiring Program, an effort to recruit cohorts of faculty across the campus who interrogate anti-blackness as an existential threat to the health and welfare of communities worldwide. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in BTI-sponsored collaborative multidisciplinary programs with their cohort of fellow hires as part of the Environmental Health Disparities cluster. This cluster will advance public and community engagement regarding environmental racism and health stressors that have historically and actively worked against Black well-being (see:

We seek applicants whose research and teaching focus on areas that include, but are not limited to:

  • Health ecologies (for instance: medical racism, reproductive justice, health disparities, genomics, environmental stress, or health systems)

  • Ecologies and environments (for instance: environmental justice, climate impacts, toxicities, degradation, built environments, urbanisms, outer space, and multispecies studies)

  • Indigenous studies (for instance: lifeworlds, land, heritage studies, dispossession, governance, and settler colonialism)

  • Geographies and economies (for instance: food geographies, plantation economies, racialized space, diasporic politics, migration, labor, material culture).

    This position will be housed 100% in the Department of Anthropology, which has a reputation for experimental, collaborative, and interdisciplinary methods, theoretical innovation, and social justice commitments.
    A Ph.D. in anthropology or a cognate field is required at the time of appointment.
The position start date is July 1, 2023. In addition to a strong research agenda, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse body of graduate and undergraduate students.
    The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for candidates finalists to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant's previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) positions will be subject to institutional reference checks.

    UCI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. Applications from all qualified candidates, including women, underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ and gender non-binary persons, are welcome. In addition to competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program, the university also offers robust equity and inclusion programs, such as family-friendly policies and support for dual career couples. UCI is a federally recognized Asian American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Located on the ancestral and unceded land of the Tongva and Acjachemen Nations, our campus benefits from its geographic proximity to the Los Angeles/Long Beach metropolitan area, the Pacific Ocean, world-class arts and cultural centers, and some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.

    Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022, with a final deadline for submission of November 1, 2022. Review will continue until the position is filled.

    For questions concerning the search, please email the search committee at [email protected].


    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
    A Ph.D. in anthropology or a cognate field is required at the time of appointment.
The position start date is July 1, 2023. In addition to a strong research agenda, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse body of graduate and undergraduate students.


    Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. 

  • Writing sample - Approximately 25 double-spaced pages or article length. 

  • Statement of Current and Future Research Plans

  • Statement of Teaching - See our guidance for writing a reflective teaching statement. 

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement. 

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are made a tentative offer to a Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at any rank. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:
    Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
    The names and contact information of three academic references (recommendation letters may be solicited at a later stage)

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    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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    Founded in 1965, UC Irvine combines the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. Over five remarkable decades, UCI has become internationally recognized for efforts that are improving lives through research and discovery, fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching, and engaging and enriching the community.UC student center

    With more than 33,000 students, 1,200 faculty members and 10,000 staff, UCI is among the fastest-growing campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among the top U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $5 billion.

    UCI is a center for quality education that honors classic instruction while incorporating the best new scholarship. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCI among the nation’s best universities. Achievements in the sciences, social sciences, social ecology, arts, humanities, medicine and business also have garnered numerous national rankings for UCI’s schools, departments and programs. Three UCI researchers have won Nobel Prizes – most recently Irwin Rose, in chemistry, in 2004.

    Interdisciplinary research, a UCI hallmark, is evident in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2, Newkirk Center for Science and Society, Center for the Study of Democracy, Institute of Transportation Studies, Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, and innovative instructional programs in biomedical engineering, international studies, global cultures, arts and technology, and other collaborations.

    The university is dedicated to excellence through diversity and to the goal of reflecting equity and inclusion in our faculty, staff and student populations. Faculty and staff diversity affinity groups foster cross-departmental social interaction, professional networking, cultural competencies, recruiting and mentoring.

    Committed to the Community

    UCI reaches beyond the classroom and laboratory to help solve societal issues and support human development. In the health sciences, UCI is noted for its research on cancer, the neurosciences and the genetic underpinnings of disease. UCI Medical Center, Orange County’s only university hospital and Level I trauma center, has been ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years.

    UC Irvine parkA major intellectual and cultural center, UCI engages the community through public activities and events. Speakers on campus, for example, have included Nobel Peace Prize winners His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi, all of whom also received the UCI Citizen Peacebuilding Award for their efforts toward world peace.

    The university is also addressing the needs of the community and growing world population in an environmentally sustainable way. From the development of new and reliable processes for electricity and alternative fuels to critical water and waste management solutions, UCI consistently tops the list in Sierra magazine’s “Coolest Schools” report, its annual sustainability ranking of U.S. colleges and universities.  

    A hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, the university collaborates with the community on many strategic partnerships such as UCI Applied Innovation , a center which brings campus-based discoveries together with Orange County’s vibrant business sector to support job creation and economic growth. Development also continues on the 185-acre University Research Park adjacent to campus, where R&D companies enjoy collaborative opportunities in medical research, biotechnology, engineering, computer science and business.

    UCI is benefiting the community and the world in countless ways through its scholarly, scientific, creative and economic contributions. On its way to becoming a flagship UC campus and one of the nation’s very best universities, UCI has embarked on a strategic plan that will ensure the campus continues to inspire excellence as it fulfills its research, teaching and public service missions in the decades ahead.

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