The Africana Studies Program at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track position in Critical Carceral Studies at the beginning Fall 2021.

Vassar College is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding, such as racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Vassar is a highly selective, coeducational liberal arts college of about 2,450 undergraduates (no graduate students) located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley seventy-five miles north of New York City. The city of Poughkeepsie benefits from rich cultural diversity and from convenient commuter rail access to New York City.

We seek an interdisciplinary scholar whose teaching and research center on Critical Carceral Studies (also known as Prison Studies), which is located at the intersection of political and legal thought, criminology, history, cultural studies, and critical race theory. While the area of specialization is open, we encourage applications from scholars with a diasporic or comparative orientation and who focus on sites outside, but including the mainland United States, such as Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. We strongly encourage applications from scholars who demonstrate a range of competencies in historical and contemporary critical perspectives on state and colonial violence, human rights, and transnational carceral projects including militarized borders, policing, detention, and incarceration.

The candidate selected for this position is expected to work with Program faculty to develop the Prison Studies correlate curriculum, an interdisciplinary minor within Africana Studies designed to train students in issues surrounding the prison-industrial complex, abolition, and reform. In addition to traditional classroom teaching, the candidate will have opportunities to develop experiential learning options for students and teach in correctional facilities through Vassar’s Inside-Out Program.

Teaching load in the first year is four courses; after that it is four courses per year plus research or other intensively mentored work with students. Ph.D. required, preferably in Africana Studies or related fields.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, C.V., writing sample (roughly 25 pages), sample syllabi, graduate transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable for initial application), a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through teaching, research and other involvements, and three letters of recommendation. Please apply online at For inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Tyrone Simpson at or at (845) 437-7491. Applications should be submitted by November 2, 2020.