Black Queer Studies Senior Hire

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
May 26, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Black Queer Studies Senior Hire

College/School/Unit: College of Liberal Arts
Department: African and African Diaspora Studies
Posted: Oct 27, 2020
Apply By: Open until filled


The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenured Associate or Full Professor in black queer studies. The position will start in fall 2021, subject to budget availability. The successful candidate will have significant administrative experience, especially in the field of black studies, and demonstrate a record of publication and teaching on gender and/or sexuality in the African Diaspora with preference given to scholars who attend specifically to the African continent, the Caribbean, Latin America, and/or the U.S. South.

The Department is especially interested in scholarship in the humanities or social sciences about black LGBTQ communities, black queer theory, and/or black queer cultural production with an emphasis on the literary and performing arts. All candidates must be committed to building and promoting black queer diaspora studies within the department through chairing search committees, organizing lecture series and other related programming, mentoring junior faculty and existing graduate students, as well as recruiting new graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Historically, Queer Studies and Black Studies have had strong links to Women's and Gender Studies, a tradition we hope to continue. The ideal candidate will help the Department to strengthen its relationship with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (CWGS), the LGBTQ Studies Program, and/or fields such as Literary Studies, Visual Culture, Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, and History.


The successful candidate will teach black queer studies undergraduate and graduate courses at the introductory and advanced levels. All University of Texas faculty engage in simultaneous research, teaching, and service. We particularly encourage applications from scholars with a doctorate in African Diaspora studies or another black studies equivalent, but also welcome applicants with doctorates in traditional disciplines and interdisciplinary fields whose career-long scholarship has been on queer people of African descent.

Application Instructions

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a list of references, and a curriculum vitae. Applicants are also encouraged to discuss in their cover letter or a separate statement their past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their research, teaching and/or service. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 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 Chair Dr. Hershini Young at or Dr. Lyndon K. Gill at

Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin:

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