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Full-time position in anthropology with a focus on public anthropology (Open-rank), Tokyo

Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts
Tokyo, Japan
Depending on expereince
Closing date
Jan 16, 2022

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Open Rank
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
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Sophia University, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Position in Anthropology

The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, invites applications for a position in anthropology with a focus on public anthropology. We will especially welcome scholars engaged in transnational, multi-sited, or comparative approaches. The geographical focus is open, with a preference for Asian countries other than Japan. 

The successful applicant will teach in the undergraduate Anthropology and Sociology field and the Graduate Program in Global Studies. Research and teaching interests should engage at least one of the following thematic areas: social justice and human rights, peace studies, conflict resolution, civil society, gender and sexuality studies, poverty and social inequality, race and ethnicity, decolonization and indigenous studies, migration and minority studies, sustainability studies, medical anthropology, policy studies, development and globalization studies, anthropology of education or applied anthropology.

The rank is open: Assistant Professor is a five-year tenure-track appointment, while appointments of Associate Professor and Professor are tenured. The candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in anthropology in hand at time of appointment, and a record of scholarly publication. Teaching experience is expected. Our faculty is committed to promoting gender balance, and we have a strong preference to hire a woman.

The language of instruction is English. Japanese language ability and experience in Japan would be assets. The teaching load is four courses the first year, and five courses the next year, on a two-year rotation. A course meets twice a week for one hundred minutes each class. Salary and benefits are competitive with those of other Japanese universities. The appointment could be effective as early as September 2022 or April 2023.

Sophia University, located in central Tokyo, was founded in 1913 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and is one of Japan’s leading private universities. The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers a comprehensive program in the humanities, international business and economics, and social studies. In addition to our degree students, we annually welcome exchange students from leading universities overseas. We also staff the Graduate Program in Global Studies, which offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Global Studies and Japanese Studies, and an M.A. degree in International Business and Development Studies.

Applicants must fulfill educational, research, and administrative duties in the operation of the department and faculty and participate in admissions duties in the Faculty of Liberal Arts. Applicants must also carry out administrative duties required by Sophia University.

Applications should include a cover letter (outlining academic background, fieldwork and research interests, teaching abilities, administrative experiences, and an explanation of your interest in being at Sophia University); a detailed curriculum vitae; three writing samples (articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters, etc.); the names and email addresses of three referees; and brief descriptions of four courses you would be prepared to teach.

Applications should be sent by postal mail only and postmarked no later than January 31, 2022, addressed to:

Professor Angela Yiu, Dean
Faculty of Liberal Arts
Sophia University
7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN

For inquiries: email Prof. Yiu (

For further information about our programs, please see:
Faculty of Liberal Arts:
Graduate Program in Global Studies:

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