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Indigenous Studies (Full-Time, Tenure Track)

American University School of International Service
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Sep 21, 2023

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The Department of Peace, Human Rights, and Cultural Relations in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-line position in Indigenous Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2024.

We welcome applicants who work in the area of Indigenous Studies, broadly speaking. As an interdisciplinary department, we are especially interested in applicants whose expertise and research and teaching interests include two or more of the following areas: Indigenous rights, Indigenous peace processes, transformative justice, sovereignty, intercultural communication, forced migration, and climate justice.  Preference given to scholars working through theories of colonialism and decolonization, antiracism, or other critical perspectives and willing to speak to issues relevant to indigenous communities across the globe.   

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about working in a multidisciplinary environment that includes political scientists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, Historians, economists, and international relations scholars.  Preference will be given to applicants whose work is theoretically grounded, empirically tested, and policy relevant.   

The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic about teaching international affairs from a multidisciplinary perspective at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Preference will be given to candidates who can teach required courses in the school (e.g., research methods, quantitative analysis) and department (e.g., in one of our three MA programs and related undergraduate thematic areas (Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture; Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights; and Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution). Willingness to mentor PhD candidates in our vibrant PhD program is also desirable.   

The successful candidate will also share a commitment to the university’s diversity and inclusion plan.  

Applicants should hold a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in a social science discipline by the start date, though ABD applications will be considered.  The standard course load for a tenure line faculty is 2/2, with an annual service requirement.  Salary and benefits are competitive.  Review of applications will begin on 09/15/2023 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Applications must be submitted electronically via the Interfolio application system [].  Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter detailing your research, teaching and service record to date
  • Curriculum vitae
  •  Sample publications
  • A short teaching portfolio with a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations)
  • A statement describing past examples of your contributions to diversity and inclusion in your scholarship, the classroom, and/or in other professional settings
  • The names and email addresses of three references that Interfolio system can contact for a confidential letter of recommendation

Queries about the search may be sent to Professor Carole Gallaher ( Queries about the online application system may be sent to SIS faculty affairs coordinator Alissa Iwaniuk ( and

American University is a private institution of higher education in the nation's capital (Please visit for more information). American University's School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs with 3,000 students, 120 full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide.  SIS faculty produce transformational research and our prime location provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in government, the private sector, and think tanks and other non-profits. The Department of Peace, Human Rights, and Cultural Relations offers graduate degree programs in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights, International and Intercultural Communication, and International Peace and Conflict Resolution, as well as undergraduate thematic areas in Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture, Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights, and Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution.  Learn more about SIS at and the department at

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.

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


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