The W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an Assistant Professor in early African American history and African American Studies. We seek applicants with research and teaching focusing on the emergence of the Afro-Atlantic world in the context of the rise and fall of plantation slavery; we also welcome applications from scholars who focus on abolition/anti-slavery movements or who bring expertise in gender and sexuality studies. We are particularly interested in applicants whose scholarship takes a comparative or transregional approach, bringing strengths that connect Africa to the Black Atlantic world. Preferred qualifications include expertise in gender and sexuality (especially Black World feminisms in the context of Africa and the early Black Atlantic world) as well as comparative slavery.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a promising research agenda and readiness to teach independent graduate courses by the second year of appointment as well as contribute to a collaborative African American Studies department. Additionally, the candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to Black Studies as an intellectual field with its own unique disciplinary characteristics.

This is a full-time (9-month) tenure-track position beginning September 1, 2019. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A PhD from a department of African American/Black/Africana studies, history, American studies, women, gender, and sexuality studies or other relevant fields with a specialization in early African American history is required by the date of appointment. The successful candidate will demonstrate scholarly promise as well as evidence of effective undergraduate teaching.

Application Instructions
To apply, applicants must submit 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) one-page research statement; 4) teaching statement/portfolio; 5) writing sample, up to twenty-five pages; and 6) list of three current references with full contact information including valid email addresses to:

Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information on the Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies can be found here:

Additional Information
The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.