Faculty Search:  Assistant Professor, African American Studies

Submitted by Ellen Palms on

Assistant Professor: The Department of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington invites applications for a 9-month full-time, tenure-track position in African American studies for the school year starting on September 16, 2021 to June 15, 2022. American Ethnic Studies draws upon interdisciplinary, intersectional, comparative, and transnational frameworks to explore dynamic relations of race and power within the United States and larger diasporic and global contexts. The successful candidate will teach comparative and ethnic-specific courses. All University of Washington faculty engage in research, teaching, and service. 


We are seeking candidates who are committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship, with an active, theoretically based research agenda.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, or foreign equivalent, by the start of the appointment and must have demonstrated competence in theoretical and comparative study and practices in the fields of African American and Ethnic Studies. We particularly encourage applications from scholars with a doctorate in African American or Ethnic Studies, but also welcome applicants with degrees in history, public health, environmental studies, anthropology, information science, sociology, geography, religious studies, and political science. Areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Intersections of U.S. History and African Diaspora/Immigration; Race and Empire; Transnational Studies
  • African American Public Health and Environmental Justice Studies
  • Black Urban Studies with an emphasis on labor, education, mass-incarceration, or food studies
  • Race, Digital Inequality, and Information Technology
  • Race, Science, and Bio politics
  • African American and African Diasporic Religious History

Application instructions

Applications will be submitted via Interfolio and will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, research statement, a statement of teaching philosophy of no more than 750 words; a statement of commitment to diversity and equity of no more than 750 words; and three confidential letters of recommendation.



Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2020. Semi-finalists will be asked to participate in an interview via videoconference. Any inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee at aes@uw.edu.


The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.