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Professor of Cybersecurity and International and Public Affairs

Brown University, Department of Anthropology
Providence, Rhode Island
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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General Anthropology
Full Time
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The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University invites applications for a faculty position in “cyber and security” to begin in July 2022.  We are seeking applicants whose research focuses on various aspects of the intersection between cyber technologies and human security.  Research of interest includes, but is not limited to, topics such as the impact of algorithm-based surveillance on marginalized communities, the strategic manipulation of cyber information for geopolitical gain, the intersection between social media and surveillance, the implications of autonomous weapon systems and drone warfare, and the development of offensive and defensive cyber weaponry. 

This faculty position will involve a joint appointment between the Watson Institute and a relevant tenure-granting disciplinary department at Brown.  We are seeking applicants who have both proven technical expertise and the ability to engage existing areas of strength in the Watson Institute.  We welcome applicants with doctoral degrees from all relevant disciplines, including STEM fields (e.g., Computer Science, Applied Mathematics) and the social sciences (e.g., Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, History, Africana Studies).  The Watson Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Candidates at all ranks are welcome. A successful senior candidate must have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement, a proven record of successful research funding, and a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising. A successful junior candidate must be engaged in a research program with the potential to influence their field, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising.  

Junior candidates must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. Review of applications will begin November 22, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

All candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter describing research completed and planned, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a short writing sample, and 4) a teaching statement.  We ask that in both the cover letter and teaching statement, the candidate describe how their work fosters inclusive learning and diversity.  

Senior candidates should include the names of five references whom the search committee can contact at an appropriate time.  The list of references can be submitted via the "additional documents" field in Interfolio.

Junior candidates should have three letters of reference and their official graduate transcript uploaded to Interfolio at the time of the application.  The confidential recommendation letters should be uploaded to Interfolio by the referee.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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The Department of Anthropology is home to a vibrant community of faculty, students, and staff broadly interested in the study of humanity, past and present. Brown's socio-cultural and linguistic anthropologists are engaged in ethnography across the globe. The department's anthropological archaeologists focus on the study of the material remains of the ancient, historic, and modern Americas.

Current faculty and students are especially engaged in research related to issues of power, violence, politics, health, and population.  The photographs found throughout this website were taken by our faculty, students, and alumni during their fieldwork.

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