Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor – Black Politics

Department of Political Science
University of California, Riverside
2021-2022 Academic Year

Position(s): Assistant Professor – Black Politics
Starting Date: July 1, 2022
Salary: salary is commensurate with education/experience

The Department of Political Science of the University of California, Riverside, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Black Politics. The ideal candidate will be firmly grounded in both political science and Black study, as the position is intended to be jointly appointed with UCR’s planned new Department of Black Study.

Sub-field specialization is open and we welcome strong candidates whose research and teaching addresses any substantive area of Black Politics (within or outside the U.S. context). We are open to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. The successful candidate should be committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and have a record or promise of research publication. Ph.D. is required at time of appointment; candidates who are ABD at the time of application will be considered. Appointment level and salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2022. Minimum basic qualification (must be met by time of

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

Faculty in the University of California are expected to engage in research, teaching and service. Typical course load is four classes over the academic year.

Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter of interest that describes their research and training, CV, writing samples, teaching evidence/evaluations, Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and 3 letters of reference. Confidential Letters are solicited via the AP Recruit System Only – Applicant inserts reference names and solicits references from within AP Recruit at time of application. Only completed applications that include the letters of reference may be reviewed by the committee.

Review of Applications will begin on May 4, 2022 and may continue until the position is filled. Applications and supporting materials received by May 4, 2022 will receive full consideration. Applications and materials will be submitted using UCR’s on-line application system located at

Applicants who use Interfolio may utilize a feature provided by the Interfolio Service to allow Interfolio to upload their letters directly into AP Recruit. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer’s email address. Interfolio refers to this as Online Application Deliveries. The following link on the Interfolio website shows how to set this up (

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The UCR faculty building a Department of Black Study envision and seek to practice Black Study as a fundamentally collaborative, relational, intersectional, as well as transformative endeavor that is theoretically, methodologically, and epistemically hybrid. Black Study draws from radical,
revolutionary, abolitionist Black feminist, queer, transgender epistemologies rooted in historical and contemporary archives of collective knowledge. Specifically, Black Study, as a verb rather than a noun, stresses activities that are corporal and theoretical, practical and speculative, that are conducted collectively.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.