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Assistant Professor and Associate or Full Professor of Anthropology and Sociology (two positions)

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Anthropology & Archaeology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst College invites applications for two full-time appointments specializing in the anthropology or sociology of race, health, and the environment, beginning on July 1, 2022. One of the positions will be a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor. The other will be a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or professor. Topical areas of specialization might include, but are not limited to the following: health and environmental justice; racialized geographies of pollution and health; indigenous approaches to sovereignty, health, and environmental protection; immigration, health, and the environment; race, colonialism, and medical and/or environmental science; imperialism and/or militarism, race, health, and the environment; and institutions (e.g., prisons), health, and environmental justice. We are also interested in candidates whose research draws on innovative methodologies and theoretical perspectives, ones that can speak across the humanities, interpretive social sciences, and the life and environmental sciences. Geographic area of focus is open.

Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients; 43 percent identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse in regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Each position may be either fully in the Department of Anthropology or Sociology, or joint between the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and another department that complements the applicant's specialization (e.g., the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Black Studies, the Department of American Studies, or the Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies). The teaching load is two courses per semester, and the successful candidate will be expected to advise honors theses. Any appointment with tenure will be contingent upon a positive tenure review.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology or sociology or a related field in hand by the start of the appointment. Candidates are asked to apply electronically to Please include in the application a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample (fifteen to thirty pages), teaching statement, and an item that gives us a sense of you as a teacher (e.g., syllabus, assignment, etc.), as well as the names and contact information for three references. (Candidates need not upload letters at this time, the submission will be complete even if it says “pending letters.”) Applications will be reviewed beginning on October 11, 2021, and continue until the positions are filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Chris Dole, at

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.


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