Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

American University, Department of Anthropology
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Dec 13, 2021

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Cultural Anthropology
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Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

College of Arts & Sciences

American University

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2022. Applicants should have a PhD in anthropology.

Candidates should be able to present a record of effective teaching and highly regarded scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed publications and external funding that aligns with department priorities. We welcome applications from scholars with specializations in urbanization, inequality, social equity, and human security in the global south, including Africa, Asia, or Latin America. A teaching specialization in sociocultural anthropology is preferred. In addition to scholarship, teaching, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, responsibilities will include participation in department, college, and university activities.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure the fullest consideration, applications should be submitted by December 13, 2021. Please submit applications via : Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and a copy of a recently published work or work in progress. Please contact Jean Wogaman, 202-885-1838 or  if you have any questions.

The Department of Anthropology at American University is a four-field department with a social justice orientation that prioritizes excellence in teaching and research with scholarly/academic and public impact. Geographical areas represented among faculty include regions of the US, South and Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. Research and teaching interests intersect with urban studies, Indigenous studies, Middle Eastern studies, health studies and Black studies. The department offers an undergraduate major, master’s in public anthropology and PhD programs, through which students can focus on any of the main sub-disciplines. It trains anthropologists to address issues related to social justice, social inequalities, and public engagement in the contemporary world and through its past. Learn more about the Department of Anthropology and its mission at and learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences at

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.  To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19.  To learn more about American University's health and safety directives please click here. 

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check. 


In the Department of Anthropology at American University, our collective mission is to do public anthropology in the service of social justice. Our faculty and students work against racism, sexism, environmental degradation, speciesism, social discriminations, class oppression, forced community displacements, and much else. 

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