Assistant Professor in African American History

University of Washington Department of History

United States

Assistant Professor - African American History

Position Overview

Organization: History

Title: Assistant Professor - African American History

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of History at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a full-time (100% FTE, 9-month service), tenure-track assistant professor who specializes in African American History. The department is particularly interested in expanding faculty expertise in the long twentieth century. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses with capacity for large enrollments of diverse students and graduate seminars. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.  This position will begin in September 2022.


Applicants must demonstrate a record of teaching and research relative to African American history. We are particularly looking for a scholar whose research agenda, graduate mentoring, and undergraduate teaching experience will prepare students to think historically about matters of critical relevance today such as racism, gender and sexuality, the legacy of enslavement, transnational and national civil rights movements, comparative Black diasporas, policing and the carceral state. Corollary research and teaching interests might include topics complementary to our program strengths and student interest, including African Americans in the US West, racial capitalism, U.S. imperialism, constitutional and legal history, environmental history and environmental justice. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in History or a related field, or foreign equivalent, in hand by the start date. 


Applicants should submit via Interfolio the following materials: cover letter (addressing research agenda and undergraduate and graduate teaching interests), curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching philosophy statement, diversity statement (record of engagement with issues around diversity and equity), and a writing sample (either a published journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter). We may ask for other materials at later stages.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Margaret O’Mara, chair of the search, at if you have any questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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