Assistant Professor - Urban/American Studies


Position Description

The Department of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position at the intersection of Urban Studies and American Studies with a focus on the historical and contemporary United States. We seek an interdisciplinary scholar whose work engages U.S. cities within broad social and cultural formations.

Having recently incorporated an undergraduate major in Urban Studies, job responsibilities include teaching innovative courses, both broadly general and on specialized topics in Urban Studies and American Studies. Expected course offerings include a large in-person course called “Introduction to American Studies” and a smaller course called “Methods in Urban Studies,” along with upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in American Studies. We welcome imaginative, interdisciplinary pedagogy that spurs student engagement and critical analysis. Additional duties include research as well as service to the department, college, and university.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (by August 15, 2024) in American Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, Geography, Planning, Sociology, Urban Studies, or related fields. Also required are training and experience with social science research methods, broadly defined, including research design, data collection and analysis, as applied to the study of U.S. cities. Preferred qualifications include evidence of excellent teaching; an established publication record; demonstrated potential to supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at a large research university with a diverse student body; demonstrated interest in public-facing work; demonstrated potential for deep engagement in the life of our vibrant department; and demonstrated experience working collaboratively. 

Application Instructions

The deadline for submission of applications is December 10, 2023.

Applicants must submit the following items via Interfolio ( a cover letter with description of teaching and research interests; a CV; evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., course syllabi, student evaluations); writing sample (approximately 25 pages); link to website and/or digital portfolio.

Letters of recommendation will be solicited from candidates at a further stage in the selection process.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Position funding is subject to budget availability.

Questions about application submission should be directed to our department manager, Stephanie Kaufman, at

Questions about the position can be directed to the department chair, Randy Lewis, at


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