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University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Anthropology
Madison, Wisconsin
Negotiable, Academic (9 months)
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Area Studies, Asian Studies
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a tenure-track assistant professor for a joint appointment in Anthropology and International Studies. The tenure home and half of the teaching responsibilities of the appointee (including graduate-level teaching and advising) will be in the Department of Anthropology. The remaining half of the appointee's teaching responsibilities will be in the International Studies Major. We will accept applications until December 1, 2021. We seek a cultural anthropologist with research and teaching strengths in social justice issues in Southeast Asia who will be able to contribute to the International Studies Major's research and teaching on global culture and social justice, broadly construed. The successful candidate will maintain an active field-based research program in Southeast Asia; will teach in anthropology and international studies; and will communicate scholarship effectively to broader audiences inside and outside the academy. 

This hire is one of three across the College of Letters & Science to be made through a Luce-Foundation supported initiative intended to develop a strong social justice emphasis in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Faculty and students at UW-Madison have a long history of research on social justice concerns in Southeast Asia and around the world. The Luce-funded initiative will build on these existing strengths and add greater diversity to the voices engaged in these discussions. It is intended to catalyze cutting-edge academic inquiry, strengthen scholarly infrastructure, and promote new networks and collaborations among academics and practitioners. Candidates for this position should have an interest in developing scholarly and community collaborations with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, as well as with colleagues in related centers, programs, and departments across campus.

Duties of this position: 

  • Maintain an active field-based research program in Southeast Asia;
  • Pursue intra- and extramural funding to support their research;
  • Develop a national and international research profile by publishing their research in reputable peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and books;
  • Teach undergraduate courses in international studies and both undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural anthropology; the typical combined teaching load is 2-2, divided equally between International Studies and Anthropology; 
  • Advise undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students;
  • Proactively support the expansion of diversity among all components of the department and program, and ensure an inclusive, fair, and equitable environment that fosters engagement;
  • Actively participate in faculty governance and other service to the department, program, university, and profession. 

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-­Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background -people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. 

Ph.D. in Anthropology or closely related discipline is required at the time of appointment 

Evidence of established scholarship in cultural anthropology in Southeast Asia, with the potential for contributions of national significance. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research appropriate to their stage of career. 

Commitment to develop an academic program that includes a strong focus on social justice in Southeast Asia. Demonstrated collaborative skills. 

The successful candidate will join a world-class public university dedicated to the Wisconsin Idea, which holds that the positive influence of the university should be used to enhance understanding and solve problems in every part of the state, and now, the world. The Wisconsin Idea dates to the Progressive Era and has been embraced at UW-Madison for more than a century. The university encourages, values, and supports interdisciplinary research, and attracts scholars and students from around the world. UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence. 

The Department of Anthropology is known for exceptionally strong teaching and a high value placed on empirical field research. We have active graduate programs in cultural, archaeological, and biological anthropology. Among our sixteen faculty members, several have joint appointments in other departments and units. 

The International Studies Major is an interdisciplinary undergraduate instructional unit that focuses on the study of global issues, grounded in three core ideas: 
A relational, interactional, contextually rooted understanding of global forces and dynamics 
The mutual constitution of the global and the local 
The importance of a broad, interdisciplinary approach to global issues. 

Both the Department of Anthropology and the International Studies Major faculty welcome a range of theoretical orientations and research questions, and we strive to increase diversity and inclusion in the department and in our fields of study as a whole. 

The appointee is expected to be a full member of both the Department of Anthropology and the International Studies Major community. She, he or they will be expected to build a research, teaching, and service record commensurate with the tenure expectations and standards of the rank, the Department of Anthropology, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Madison is situated among four lakes, and the university stretches along the southern shore of the largest. It is a walkable, bikeable, beautiful city that regularly makes national top-ten lists for quality of life. Our food carts, offering cuisine that spans the globe, have been ranked #1 in the nation; our farmers' markets are legendary; our libraries and public parks are great. Community events--from protests to live music to sporting events-­are diverse and lively year-round.


Anthropology faculty, staff, and students draw on a comparative framework as we seek to understand human diversity, distinctiveness, and universality through time and across the world. Anthropology spans the humanities, the social sciences, and the biological, cognitive, and evolutionary sciences, bringing an interdisciplinary vitality to research and teaching on some of the most important issues facing humanity today: conflict and violence, human rights, power struggles, migration, environmental change, cultural identity, political and economic life, food, and understanding the ways that cultural meaning, history, and power have shaped the human experience.

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