Page for academic jobs in Ethnic Studies (including African-American Studies) that begin in 2018.

Last year's page: Ethnic Studies 2016-2017

SEE ALSO: Womens/Gender/Queer Studies 2017-2018, American Studies 2018 and Jewish Studies 2017-2018

For jobs in Ethnic American Literature (including Asian-American, Latino/a and Native American) that start in 2015, see Ethnic American Lit. 2018. For jobs in African-American Literature, see African American 2018.
For jobs in US Ethnic History that start in 2015 (including Chicano/a-Latino/a, African-American, and Native American History) see: North American History 2017-18.
See the blog Race and Ethnic Studies Funding Opportunities. (University of Chicago data blog for jobs, fellowships, postdocs, etc., in Race and Ethnic Studies)

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Full-Time / Tenure-Track Appointments - African-American / Africana StudiesEdit

Pennsylvania State University (PA): Associate or Full Professor - Director of the African Studies ProgramEdit

The Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the African Studies Program. The position is to be filled at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor, effective July 1, 2018. Applicants should have scholarly credentials commensurate with a senior appointment at a major research university, demonstrate administrative experience or evidence of administrative potential, have the ability to manage the on-going and potential grant and development activities of the program, and the flexibility to lead a multi-disciplinary unit with existing and potential partnerships with graduate programs across the college. The Dean is prepared to make investments commensurate with maintaining and improving the program’s national and international reputation. Applicants will have joint appointments in other units in the College of the Liberal Arts. Interested parties should submit a formal letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references.

University of Illinois at Chicago (IL) - Open Rank - Africa and Its DiasporaEdit

The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Diaspora Studies Cluster Initiative, is pleased to announce an open-ranked, tenure stream faculty position in Expressive and Creative Arts and Cultures in Africa and Its Diaspora. This search is part of a multiple-hire cluster initiative in Diaspora Studies, exploring the complex, multi-faceted, and multi-directional frictions and flows, displacements and mobilities, that have accompanied the slave trade, globalization, imperialism, and neoliberalism, man-made and natural disasters, in modern world history.

We are looking for someone whose research and writing explores an aspect of African and African diaspora cultural and artistic flows, innovations, syncretisms, and hybridities. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work is substantially focused on African diasporas outside of the United States. A successful candidate will be able to teach advanced graduate courses in their areas of expertise, as well as general education survey courses. The ideal candidate's fields of expertise will complement existing course offerings and areas of specialization at UIC. Appointment will be jointly in the Department of African American Studies, and one of the following departments: Anthropology, English, Communication, Art History and Museum and Exhibition Studies.

  • Complete Applications submitted by August 1, 2017 will be given full consideration. Applicants should submit an application online at, click on the job board and the position, and upload a CV, a cover letter describing research trajectory, teaching philosophy, history of service and community engagement, as well as the names and contact information for three referees. Candidates should have an earned Ph.D., MFA, or commensurate evidence of creative and / or artistic accomplishments at the time of appointment, demonstrated teaching ability, a history of community engagement, and evidence of scholarly and/or creative productivity.

University of Michigan (MI) - TT Asst. Professor - African-American StudiesEdit

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor in African-American Studies. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching demonstrate intersectional or cross-disciplinary historical, cultural, or literary interests in the areas of feminist and gender studies, queer studies, and performance studies.

This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2018. Interested applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. degree in a relevant humanities, social sciences, or interdisciplinary field prior to appointment. Candidates should be qualified to teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses, as well as graduate seminars that show both a breath of knowledge and specific areas of focus. The successful candidate will complement the strengths of current faculty in African-American Studies and beyond the department.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of current and future research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, three letters of reference, and evidence of teaching excellence. Application material should be uploaded via the link provided:

  • The deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is October 15, 2017.

York University (CAN) - Canada 150 Research Chair in Black Diaspora Thought and Culture (Open Rank)Edit

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications from individuals interested in nomination for a Canada 150 Research Chair in Black Diaspora thought and culture, to commence July 1, 2018. Applicants should have a research record in interdisciplinary Black Diaspora thought and cultures grounded in the humanities; including philosophical and theoretical approaches, sexuality studies, visual culture, and literature.

The position is a tenure stream open rank appointment conditional on the successful nomination of the applicant as a Canada 150 Research Chair. To be eligible for this award, nominees must be internationally based at the time of the application (both working and residing outside of Canada), including Canadian expatriates.

The individual sought will be nominated for a Canada 150 Research Chair. Appointments to Canada 150 Chairs are for 7 years and are accompanied by a full-time tenure-stream faculty position. Further information about the Canada 150 Research Chair program is available at

The successful candidate will have PhD in Humanities or a related field, a record of excellence in scholarly research including publications appropriate to their stage of career, and will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. The successful candidate will be prepared to participate actively in the Graduate Program in Humanities and be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

For this nomination, York is particularly interested in candidates with diverse backgrounds and especially encourages candidates in equity, diversity and inclusion categories. York acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining their professional experience and research interests, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and a sample of their scholarly writing, and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Andrea Davis, Chair Department of Humanities, 206 Vanier College, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 or by e-mail to (subject line: “Diaspora Thought and Culture”).

  • The deadline for applications is July 26, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Appointments - Asian StudiesEdit

University of Notre Dame (IN) - TT Assistant Professor in Asian and Gender StudiesEdit

  • The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Asian Studies with focus on gender. The position will begin August 20, 2018; Ph.D. or equivalent degree required at the time of hire.
  • This position is part of the founding of the first new school at Notre Dame in nearly a century. The Keough School ( promotes interdisciplinary research on critical issues in global affairs, offers a master’s degree, and supports undergraduate and doctoral programs. The inaugural cohort for the two-year master’s degree will arrive in Fall 2017 and consist of 38 fully-funded students from 21 different countries.
  • The successful hire will work closely with the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, one of the constituent institutes of the Keough School, in furthering the integration of Asia-related expertise into the activities of the School. The successful hire will also further the study of gender across campus by making appropriate contributions to the Gender Studies Program in the College of Arts & Letters, with the possibility of a concurrent appointment in the Program.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants for this position may come from any related discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. In addition to an active research agenda on aspects of gender in the Asian context, they should have a firm grounding in gender theory and the ability to teach about gender both at the theoretical and methodological level, as well as in the context of specific case studies. Our preference is for scholars working on East and/or South Asia.
  • APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants are required to submit a letter of interest and a Curriculum Vitae. Junior candidates should also arrange for the submission of three letters of reference (to be submitted through Interfolio).
  • For full application instructions and position description, visit
  • Nominations and inquiries may be sent via email to: Prof. Michel Hockx, Director, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Chair, Asian and Gender Studies Search Committee, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame.
  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Appointments - Asian-American StudiesEdit

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Appointments - Latino/a/x / Chicano/a/x StudiesEdit

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Appointments - Native American StudiesEdit

University of Michigan (MI) - TT Asst. Professor - Native American StudiesEdit

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES. The Department of American Culture and the Native American Studies Program (NAS) at the University of Michigan invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Native American Studies. We seek qualified scholars in all fields with either disciplinary or interdisciplinary training. The search will consider scholars whose work focuses on the United States as well as those who use comparative and transnational frameworks in relation to the United States. Scholars whose work intersects with gender and sexuality studies, visual culture, literary studies, critical race studies, new media, or heritage language revitalization (especially Ojibwe or other Algonquian languages) are of particular interest, but scholars with expertise in any area of Native American studies will receive full consideration.

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and research. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences is required prior to appointment. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should submit application materials via email attachments to under the subject line “NAS Position.” Please include the following components (each submitted as a separate PDF file): 1. Cover Letter addressed to the Chair, NAS Search Committee: Please be sure the cover letter includes your name and address & your email address and phone number. 2. Curriculum Vitae Please be sure your CV includes: College attended and degree obtained; Graduate institution, degree obtained and name of Ph.D. advisor; Post-doctoral institution and name of mentor (if applicable); Honors received; Research and Teaching Experience; List of publications. 3. Statement of current and future research plans. 4. Writing sample (no more than 25 pages). 5. Statement of teaching philosophy and experience. 6. Evidence of teaching excellence: institutional teaching evaluations, course syllabi, teaching awards. 7. Statement of activities contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion in Academia.

Recommendation Letters: Applicants should arrange for at least 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to directly from the signer’s (or credentialing service’s) institutional email address.

Confirmation: Upon receipt of your application you can expect an email acknowledgment with a request and instructions to submit a voluntary survey to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

  • Application Deadline for full consideration is September 29, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Williams College (MA) - TT Asst. Professor - American Studies / Native American StudiesEdit

The Program in American Studies at Williams College invites applications for a full-time position in Native American Studies, to begin July 1, 2018. Our expectation is to make a tenure-track hire, at the rank of assistant professor, but we are also open to making a senior appointment. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or in a related discipline, but period and research specialization are open. The successful candidate will be able to teach a range of courses in Native American Studies and American Studies.

The American Studies program at Williams, among the oldest in the US, strongly values interdisciplinary work and is one of the college’s key sites for comparative work on race, ethnicity, and diaspora; we are deeply committed to building Native American Studies not only within the unit but at the college more broadly. We value the diversity of our program faculty, and we are especially interested in candidates from underrepresented groups as well as individuals who have experience in working with diverse student populations. Information about the program can be found at:

Please send the following application materials to the program chair, Mark Reinhardt, via Interfolio at a letter of application, which includes a summary of current scholarship, teaching experience, and any additional relevant information for the search committee; a curriculum vita; a separate brief description of two or three courses you would be especially interested in teaching; an article-length writing sample; and three letters of recommendation.

Full-Time / Tenure-Track Appointments - Open / Mixed Ethnic StudiesEdit

Bucknell University (PA) - TT Assistant or Associate Professor in Environmental Studies, with a focus on Race, Identity, and CommunityEdit

The Environmental Studies Program at Bucknell seeks to hire an assistant or associate professor with a specialization in race, identity, and community, to start in August 2018. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, a high potential for excellence in research, and will bring a strong community focus to their teaching and research. Teaching responsibilities include courses in specialties such as such as race, culture & environment, sustainable cities, or environments & identities; community-based and/or local student research; community and qualitative research design; and service and general education courses in environmental studies. Ph.D. required by time of appointment in an environmentally relevant field with specialties in the social sciences or humanities such as: Africana, ethnic, gender, or Indigenous studies; critical race studies; environmental or community sociology or anthropology; community-level international development or political ecology; social/urban geography or urban anthropology; or community health.

We invite candidates to explain how issues of diversity are brought into their teaching, scholarship, and/or service. We seek a teacher-scholar who is committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body and whose experience and expertise will contribute to the Environmental Studies Program's diversity-related educational goals, including an emphasis on inclusive pedagogy. Bucknell University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.

Application materials should include a cover letter, a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness as available, a research statement, and three confidential letters of reference.

  • Review of applications will begin September 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted through Bucknell's career site (

Washington University in St. Louis (MO) - Assistant or Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Ethnic StudiesEdit

The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis seeks a scholar trained in Ethnic Studies. We see this category as including not only the traditional fields associated with such programs—Chicanx and Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Asian American Studies—but Diasporic Studies and scholars who think about the workings of ethnicity around the world. We will privilege candidates who demonstrate an ability to teach courses in our core curriculum such as Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Feminist Methodologies, Feminist Theory, and Sexuality Studies. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose work is interdisciplinary in nature. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. in gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies or a related field by July 1, 2018 and be eligible to work in the United States. Candidates at the Associate Professor rank must have a distinguished record of publication in the field.

The duties of this position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; conducting research and other scholarly activities, including publishing in scholarly journals; and performing departmental and university service and other duties assigned by the University. The normal teaching load is 2/2, or two courses in each of two semesters. Diversity and inclusion are core values of Washington University, and the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students learn and thrive.

The Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University has a vibrant undergraduate major and minor, and a strong and expanding graduate certificate program. We currently have a core faculty of nine, and affiliated faculty across the humanities, in anthropology and sociology, and in law and social work. The department’s research strengths include race, gender and cultural studies, sexuality studies, and feminist and queer theory.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing their scholarly qualifications and research; current curriculum vitae; teaching statement; and three (3) letters of recommendation to . Those applying at the associate level need not submit letters of recommendation at this time.

  • Complete applications should be received by October 1, 2017 to ensure full consideration. Requests for additional information may be directed to Professor Amber Musser, Search Committee Chair, at

Administrative PositionsEdit

Texas Christian University (TX) - Associate Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic StudiesEdit

The Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) program at Texas Christian University invites applications for our inaugural Associate Director, a permanent, full-time instructional staff position (12-month, not tenure-track). The Associate Director of Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies supports the Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES) program, which seeks to educate students, faculty, staff, and the larger community to critically examine racial and ethnic identities as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community.

Duties and Essential Job Functions: Teaches one course per semester and helps manage the full range of administrative, financial, fundraising, research, educational, and outreach activities of the program. Supports and helps to develop the mission of CRES by cultivating a network of scholars, students and leaders on and off campus. Serves as ambassador for CRES to students and to other internal and external constituencies in order to raise the academic profile and prestige of the program and to extend its impact throughout the TCU and Fort Worth communities through co-curricular programming and community engagement.

The mission of CRES is to educate students, faculty, staff, and the larger community to critically examine racial and ethnic identities, experiences, and issues as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community. As an academic- and community-oriented program committed to intercultural understanding, advocacy, and action, CRES values respect, inclusiveness, creative expression, dialogue, engagement, inquiry, and academic excellence.

Required qualifications: A Ph.D. or another terminal degree completed by January 1, 2018, in Ethnic Studies or a similar interdisciplinary field or in a traditional discipline with significant demonstrated background and experience related to race and ethnicity. Demonstrated excellence in teaching courses on race and/or ethnicity at the college level. Experience working within an academic institution, non-profit organization, or public administration, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Preferred qualifications: Experience in curriculum development, strategic planning, and/or academic leadership roles. Experience in activism or community engagement.

To apply, upload a letter of application, CV, teaching philosophy statement, and a 1-page statement explaining how the applicant will contribute to diversity and inclusion in CRES and at TCU to, or Three confidential letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders or dossier service to . All questions regarding the application process may be directed to Human Resources at or 817-257-7790.

  • Review of applications begins August 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start is January 2018.

VISITING POSITIONS / Limited-Term AppointmentsEdit

See also: Humanities and Social Sciences Postdocs 2017-18Edit

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