George Washington University is looking for a Director of Africana Studies and a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African American History. We are considering candidates between the ranks of advanced assistant professor and full professor and will continue to review applications into the month of February.


The Director of Africana Studies at the George Washington University will oversee a vital, interdisciplinary program. It includes an undergraduate major that explores the African diaspora through core areas of the humanities and social sciences, including history, literature, sociology, anthropology and music.  In addition to providing intellectual leadership, the director will run the program, advise majors and minors, and initiate new programming that increases student community.  The director will also act as liaison to organizations within the university as well as to those outside of it, including the African American Museum of History and Culture, the Anacostia Community Museum, the State Department and embassies that make up the Washington, DC landscape. The director will also establish a community of scholars within the university and the broader DC metro area, through public events and seminars.   


The holder of this position will join a history department with nearly forty full time faculty and sixty graduate students boasting strengths in the related fields of the Atlantic World, African History, colonialism, race, and twentieth-century African American History. Our location in Washington, DC offers unparalleled access to some of the most important research institutions in African American History, including the Library of Congress, National Archives of the United States, the Moorland-Spingarn Center at Howard University, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opportunities to engage in public outreach abound in this location.


Given your leadership in the field, we would welcome your suggestions about potential candidates for this position to whom we might reach out.


Please do not hesitate to contact David Silverman with any questions. A link to the job posting can be found here: