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Assistant Professor, Sociocultural Anthropologist of Human Migration, Department of Anthropology

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 31st, 2019

Last review date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a sociocultural anthropologist specializing in the study of human migration, beginning July 1, 2020. Assistant Professor, Sociocultural Anthropologist of Human Migration is a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a scholar whose research makes innovative contributions to the understanding of human migration and related flows (e.g., technology, finance, commodities, waste,ideas,language, other species), emphasizing the cultural, community, and socio-material assemblages that emerge in the context of migration. An emphasis in one or more of the following areas would be an asset: climate change, borderlands, diasporas, violence and security, gender and sexuality, labor and class, critical disability studies, critical race theory, queer theory, religion, medical anthropology. Geographical focus is open. The minimum requirement to be considered an applicant is the completion of all requirements for a PhD except the dissertation (ABD status) in Anthropology or a closely related field at the time of application. Ph.D preferred. A research specialization in the anthropological study of migration, based on a strong record of ethnographic field work and rigorous theoretical grounding, is required. The ideal candidate will engage with critical questions in anthropology and demonstrate attention to the broader context of anthropological research in contemporary society. Applied, multi-modal, transdisciplinary, experimental, and/or activist approaches are welcome. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a wide array of courses, including large introductory surveys, upper-division undergraduate courses, and advanced graduate seminars,and contribute to graduate and undergraduate mentorship. The department is especially interested in candidates who are committed to promoting a climate that values diversity and inclusion and can contribute to the excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service, as appropriate to the position.

TO APPLY: Please create an account and complete the online application through UC Recruit by visiting The online application will require: (1) cover letter, (2) 2 pp. statement of research, (3) 2 pp. statement of teaching experience and philosophy, (4) curriculum vitae with full contact information, (5) 1 article-length writing sample, (6) arrange for 3 letters of reference. We strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity.

Please send queries about the position to For primary consideration, please submit all application materials by September 15, 2019. The position is open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - 2 pages max

  • Statement of Teaching - 2 pages max

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • 1 article-length writing sample

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required