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Full-time position in cultural anthropology, Sophia University, Tokyo

Sophia University
Tokyo (JP)
Closing date
Mar 11, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty, Open Rank
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Level of Experience

The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, invites applications for a position in social or cultural anthropology with a commitment to public anthropology. We will especially welcome scholars engaged in transnational, multi-sited, or comparative approaches. Scholars working on regions outside of Japan are encouraged to apply.  

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, 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. All applicants should show a commitment to public anthropology defined as taking pedagogy and research outside of the classroom.

Rank is open to Assistant Professor, which is a five-year tenure-track appointment, or associate Professor, which is tenured. The candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. in anthropology in hand by 1 May 2023, 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 female candidate (Positive Action).

All members of the faculty are expected to contribute to teaching, administration and maintain an active research profile. 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 (over 2 semesters), 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 based on Sophia School Corporation’s rules and regulations.

The appointment begins in April or September 2024.

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; two publications; the names and email and postal addresses of three referees; and one document with four one-paragraph descriptions of each of the four courses you would be prepared to teach here in our Faculty.

Applications should be submitted online by March 15, 2023 (Japan Standard Time). To start the process, please create an applicant account by accessing the link here

For inquiries, email Prof. Angela Yiu, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts (

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

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