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Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology

Hanover, NH
Open Date:
Aug 17, 2023

The Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with initial appointment as a postdoctoral fellow. We seek a cultural anthropologist whose scholarship focuses on the study of inequality, such as social problems that emerge from or are reinforced by forms of structural violence and marginalization, and whose work as a scholar-teacher contributes to more equitable futures. We are especially interested in applicants whose research involves the use of visual or multi-modal methods and forms of knowledge production. We welcome applications from individuals whose work contributes to ethnographic theory and practice.

This position is part of the Faculty Fellow Program in Arts Sciences, a cohort of faculty members who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their disciplines. Successfully qualified candidates will have an outstanding record of research, teaching, mentoring, and service. Faculty Fellows are initially appointed to a two-year residential postdoctoral position. At the end of this appointment, the position is directly converted to a regular tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor. In addition, the Anthropology Department has a second search in the Archeology of Indigenous America that is part of a cohort hiring initiative in Native American and Indigenous Studies across the Arts and Sciences.

Anthropology at Dartmouth is a vibrant intellectual community spanning the four subfields, with one of the strongest records in our discipline among US liberal arts colleges. The person in this position will contribute to the department's core curriculum and will have opportunities to develop new courses reflecting their areas of specialization. We seek qualified candidates who will be engaging and inspiring to our students and who will enhance the diversity of courses and other educational experiences in the department. In support of research, faculty and students in the department have access to travel and research funding from numerous institutional sources, including the department's Claire Garber Goodman Fund for Anthropological Research.

Faculty in Anthropology collaborate with many other areas at Dartmouth. The department is part of a growing interdisciplinary PhD program, Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society (EEES), through which we maintain a cohort of graduate students in relevant fields of anthropology, including cultural anthropology. In addition, the department typically hosts several postdoctoral scholars funded by the Dartmouth Society of Fellows, the Neukom Institute, the McKennan Fund, and a variety of other institutional programs. Our graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are supported by the Guarini School for Graduate and Advanced Studies, including their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Although this position will be housed entirely within Anthropology, the person hired may pursue faculty affiliations with other relevant departments and programs, such as: Geography, Environmental Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Native American and Indigenous Studies; Middle East Studies; Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies; African and African American Studies; and Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages.

The Department of Anthropology and Dartmouth are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. Dartmouth recently launched a new initiative, Toward Equity, that embraces shared definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as a foundation for our success in institutional transformation. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and with different identities and attributes. Applicants should provide a statement addressing how their teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This statement will be evaluated as part of the selection process.


Applicants should have a PhD in anthropology or closely related field, or be ABD with PhD expected before the start date of their appointment. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, promise in research and teaching, and demonstrated commitment to addressing underrepresentation in higher education. Effective classroom teaching is essential for this position.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following materials electronically via Interfolio:
  • Letter of Application, including research interests and plans;
  • Statement addressing how the applicant's teaching, research, service, and/or life experiences prepare them to advance Dartmouth's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, applicants should address their motivations to join a cohort of faculty who are similarly active in advancing these commitments;
  • Teaching Statement, including past experiences and future interests;
  • CV, including the names of three (3) references willing to provide letters of recommendation.

  • Review of applications will begin December 1, 2023 and continue until the position has been filled. Additional materials and reference letters may be requested at a later date.

    This search is part of the Dean's Diversity Initiative. For all openings in Arts and Sciences, please visit our Faculty Recruitment page.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

    Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other category protected by applicable law, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, or other school administered programs. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

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    For additional employment opportunities at Dartmouth College, please visit the Dartmouth Interfolio Job Board, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Human Resources.

    Offers of employment are contingent upon consent to a pre-employment background check with results acceptable under Dartmouth policy. Please visit the Office of Human Resources for details.

    All Dartmouth College employees must comply with the College's health and safety guidelines and protocols, including but not limited to those related to COVID-19, such as any testing, masking, or distancing requirements that may be in place at any given time or place.

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