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Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology

Vanderbilt University Department of Anthropology
Nashville, Tennessee
Closing date
Oct 16, 2021

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Description:  Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology                              

The Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor who conducts research on Latinx migration, with a focus on Latinx children and youth. We are open to applicants working with migrants from any region of Latin America and/or the Caribbean. Diverse and innovative theoretical perspectives are encouraged, especially those engaging critical childhood studies, critical border studies, or critical work on race and gender. While we are open to candidates studying Latin American/Caribbean migration in any area of the USA, we specifically encourage candidates working in the southern United States.

Ideal candidates will show strong theoretical and methodological approaches grounded in long- term ethnographic work. The candidate should possess holistic training in anthropology.

Candidates should have an active field research program that can involve undergraduates and graduate students, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community collaborations and public engagement. We seek a candidate with a strong record of external grants and publishing in refereed journals.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field and demonstrate a deep commitment to our Ph.D. program, through training and mentoring our well-supported graduate students. Teaching load is 2:2, which will include an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course, taught on a rotating basis, occasional courses for the curriculum, and undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s research specialties. We are particularly interested in candidates who show promise in connecting with other research units on campus.

The College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University is a highly selective liberal arts college at the heart of a major research university. It seeks to attract a diverse student body of high promise and ability from throughout the United States and the international community. Its mission is to engage in significant and innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, to offer distinguished, well-taught programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, and to foster service to society overall.

Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty and to teaching students who are diversified by gender, race/ethnicity, and other social locations.

It ranks in the top 15 National Universities and is in the heart of Music City, Nashville, TN, which is consistently rated as an exciting and affordable place to live (


Qualifications: PhD must be in-hand no later than August 15, 2022, when employment starts at the beginning of Fall 2022 term.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit:

  1. a cover letter addressed to Dr. Norbert Ross, chair of the search committee, summarizing fit for the position.
  2. full curriculum vitae.
  3. a one-page research statement.
  4. a one-page teaching philosophy statement.
  5. a one-page statement describing contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and teaching.
  6. contact information for three recommenders.

Submit these materials directly to .

Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. Norbert Ross at

Deadlines: We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.


The academic study of religion on the campus of Vanderbilt University starts with the Department of Religious Studies. Our first and primary mission is to educate undergraduates in the nature, history, and function of different religious traditions, individually and comparatively. Care is taken to situate these religions in their cultural and social contexts, while examining the critical roles they play in shaping individual and group perspectives on the conduct of human affairs. The department offers a major in Religious Studies, a minor in Religious Studies, and an Honors track. At present, areas of concentration include (alphabetically) African-American Religious Traditions, Buddhism and Asian Religious Traditions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Wherever possible, the appropriate languages are strongly encouraged, complicating the student’s understanding in ways impossible by any other method. The general approach to the study is initially descriptive, but multidisciplinary, while providing the student with a variety of analytical tools, theoretical perspectives, and practical methods for interpretation. The comparative component ensures that students recognize the commonalities of various religious traditions, thereby developing a sense of the abstract idea of generic ‘religion’ while maintaining a strong sense of the historical differences among traditions. Successful students should expect to emerge from the program with a set of analytical skills and disciplined perspectives on this all-important feature of human experience that will prepare them to thrive in an increasingly pluralistic, global community.

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