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Assistant Professor

Rice University, Department of Anthropology
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 15, 2023

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The Department of Anthropology at Rice University (Houston, Texas), in partnership with the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin July 1, 2024. We seek an archaeologist focused on the African Diaspora in the Americas (North, Central, or South America) including the Caribbean. Areas of expertise may include: plantation societies, or other contexts of enslavement; maroon societies; the material culture of enslavement and/or post-emancipation life; more historically recent African diasporic communities; Caribbean Studies; and community-engaged and public archaeology. In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful candidate will teach three undergraduate and graduate courses in a normal academic year.

All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Archaeology, or a related field by the time of the appointment.  The application deadline is October 15, 2023.  A complete application must include a cover letter outlining the candidate’s research, teaching trajectory and future plans; a curriculum vitae; two writing samples; and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted using . Please address any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Mary Prendergast.

Rice University values inclusivity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from those who have been historically underrepresented in the discipline and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise members of our diverse student population.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of the dynamic Museum District in Houston, Texas, the most diverse city in the country and home to a large African diasporic community. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, also has a long history of vibrant Black politics and cultural diversity, with top elected positions in the metro area held by Black and Latinx leaders. Rice offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,800 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. It consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.


The Department of Anthropology, at Rice University's School of Social Sciences, offers degrees in undergraduate and graduate studies. Anthropology stands at the crossroads of the humanities and social sciences. It is the comparative science of human thought, experience, and behavior in all its social forms. Blending core commitments to deep empirical analysis, to field and archival research techniques, and to advancing social theory; anthropology is one of the most vibrant and diverse fields of research in the human sciences, today. It is also one of the most flexible and well-rounded undergraduate majors in the liberal arts, preparing students for careers in fields like journalism, community organizing, humanitarian aid, and historic preservation. In an increasingly global era, anthropological thinking has become part of the equipment of modern life.

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