Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor – African Literatures and Cultures in English

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The Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley is hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in African literatures and cultures in English. The successful candidate will have training in African literary/cultural studies; grounding in one or more African national, regional, and/or diasporic literatures/cultures; and a dynamic critical approach to the tradition(s) in which they specialize. We welcome a wide variety of theoretical orientations and critical approaches to the field.

Tenure-track Assistant Professors at Berkeley are expected to excel in research, teaching, and service. Elements of the position include: implementing a program of research that culminates in the publication of books and articles; developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate seminars and lecture courses; mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; supervising dissertation research; and various administrative activities in the English department and across the University.

Berkeley English fosters an exceptional research environment and has developed a dynamic curriculum in our excellent graduate and undergraduate programs. A particular opportunity of this position involves building collaborations with field specialists in African literatures and cultures working across campus at Berkeley. Indeed, a separate search is currently being conducted for a comparativist specialist in African literatures, to be jointly appointed as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English. Please see the job description at this link: Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply both for this position and for the position advertised jointly by Comparative Literature and English.

The department is dedicated to the global and historical study of literatures written in English. We are committed to advancing the University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals at all levels, from faculty hiring to graduate admissions to undergraduate teaching. English department faculty participate in models of graduate and undergraduate mentorship developed to foster collaboration and community within the department. This work contributes to campus-wide goals for achieving diversity and equity at Berkeley.

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. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:


Queries: Professor Nadia Ellis, Search Chair;