Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor – African and/or African Diaspora and/or African American arts and visual cultures


Position title: Assistant Professor
Anticipated start: 7/1/22


Open August 16th, 2021 through Monday, Oct 18, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in African and/or African Diaspora and/or African American arts and visual cultures, tenure-track.

The Department seeks applications from candidates maintaining an active research agenda in the study of African and/or African Diaspora and/or African American arts and/or visual cultures, broadly defined. Scholars whose work brings new insights to the history of Black art and visual culture as well as Black perspectives on the historiography and criticism of art, visual culture, and cultural practice are especially encouraged to apply. The position is open in terms of chronological or geographical specialization, in recognition of the several ways a specialist in African and/or African Diaspora and/or African American topics might fortify, decenter, or expand our existing clusters of departmental inquiry. A successful candidate may be engaged in the study of images, aesthetics, objects, architecture, sites, performance and time-based work, heritage and display economies, or other visual and cultural practices from the perspective of different locations. Applicants whose research and teaching reflect changes taking place in the field by means of critical, intersectional, and interdisciplinary approaches and/or interregional/global-framed inquiry are especially encouraged. The Department welcomes research profiles that include curatorial scholarship, public scholarship or outreach, archive initiatives, activism, or other modes of intellectual and institutional labor.

The appointee will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of expertise; mentor undergraduate students and supervise doctoral students; and contribute to the department’s mission in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through their research, teaching, and/or service. A successful candidate’s area(s) of activity may also connect with one or more other departments, centers, museums, and initiatives on campus and beyond in the wider Bay Area and its communities. The University of California, Berkeley, is a large public land-grant research university that sits on the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program

Preferred qualifications

Completion of the PhD (or equivalent international degree) strongly preferred by the start date of the position


Document requirements

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required

Letters of recommendation are requested from all applicants. Those received by October 30 will receive full consideration.

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