The Department of Africana Studies announces a search for a historian of slavery in the Western Hemisphere, beginning Fall 2022. Applicants from interdisciplinary degree programs and complementary disciplines are welcome. The position will be at the assistant professor level with the tenure home in Africana Studies and a joint appointment in Notre Dame’s new Initiative on Race and Resilience. We are especially interested in scholars who use a comparative and transnational approach to engage issues of movement of enslaved Africans and their descendants, which may include a focus on the intersection of race and gender, resistance movements, religion and ritual, political and communal organization, cultural formation, and/or the complex relationship between slavery and freedom in North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America. In addition to being well-grounded in historical methodology, we expect candidates to have a deep investment in interdisciplinary discussions and collaboration. The Committee is open to consideration of beginning as well as more advanced assistant professors.

Department of Africana Studies

Established in 2005, the Department of Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary department devoted to the study of the histories, politics, and cultures of peoples of African descent across the African diaspora. The department includes faculty with joint appointments in History, American Studies, English, Political Science, Theology, and Education, and offers a major, minor, and supplementary major.

The Initiative on Race

Global in scope and comparative and interdisciplinary in approach, the College’s new Initiative on Race and Resilience ( fosters anti-racist scholarship and artistic production by supporting scholars, writers, artists, and community organizers whose work examines various configurations of race and racism, recovers narratives of resistance, and celebrates the contributions of communities of color. The successful candidate will be an active participant in the building of the Initiative’s relationship with other units in the College of Arts and Letters.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. and multiple refereed publications in competitive academic journals and presses.

Application Instructions

While the committee will review applications until the position is filled, we strongly encourage candidates to submit their applications by October 15, 2021. Candidates must attach a CV and cover letter. Questions may be directed to Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes, Department of Political Science, 2169 Jenkins Nanovic Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556, or

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration.  The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace.  We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity.  Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Background Check

This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.  Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges.  Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment.  Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position.  Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate.  The full procedure can be viewed at

Application deadline: November 2, 2021

Date posted: October 7, 2021