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Johns Hopkins University, Department of Anthropology
Baltimore, Maryland
Starting at $63,000
Closing date
Dec 4, 2023

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Research Faculty
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Medical Anthropology
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The Medicine, Science, and the Humanities Program (MSH) at Johns Hopkins University seeks applicants for a Teaching and Research Track (TRT) Faculty at the rank of lecturer in medical anthropology, anthropology of science and technology, STS, or other related or allied fields. The initial appointment will be for three years, starting July 2024. The position is renewable and eligible for promotion following Johns Hopkins University procedures and regulations outlined here.


MSH, the largest humanities major at Johns Hopkins University, is an interdisciplinary, humanities-based major that provides students with a cross-disciplinary understanding of the cultural and historical roots of scientific and medical inquiry, knowledge, and practice.


The lecturer will have teaching and administrative responsibilities in the MSH Program: teaching two undergraduate courses per semester, including MSH-required courses, advising undergraduate students, and participating in different program events alongside other faculty.


Emerging scholars from traditionally marginalized backgrounds in STEM-adjacent humanities fields are especially encouraged to apply. This position is affiliated with the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Duties include:


  • Teach two undergraduate courses each semester in the MSH program, including the required “Science Studies and Medical Humanities: Theory and Methods” course.
  • Participate in teaching other MSH required courses, such as Research Capstone and Advanced Theories and Methods in STS and Medical Humanities (part two of the required “Science Studies and Medical Humanities: Theory and Methods” course)
  • Advise undergraduate students majoring in MSH, including senior thesis writers.
  • Participate in advising MA students in the Critical Approaches to Science, Technology and Medicine CAST-M (more details on the CAST-M program can be found here)
  • Participate in MSH intellectual community, including events, collaborative work, and program development and expansion.

The lecturer will be an active member of the MSH and History of Science, Technology, and Medicine community at Johns Hopkins University. The appointment begins on July 1st, 2024.


Salary is negotiable based on experience and qualifications, starting at $63,000. JHU offers all faculty a full package of benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, and retirement benefits.


Qualifications We welcome applications from candidates with a background in anthropology, sociology, the history of medicine, science and/or technology, science and technology studies, art history, or any other discipline with a focus on science, technology, and medicine. Candidates studying the intersection of science, technology, and/or medicine with indigenous knowledge/practice, sexuality, gender, race, colonialism, and marginalization, as well as those critically engaging with science, medicine, technology, and engineering in the Global South and communities subject to systemic discrimination are especially welcome.


We particularly encourage applications from candidates from traditionally marginalized backgrounds and those with experience and knowledge of dealing with questions of diversity in the field.


The successful candidate will have defended a Ph.D. in their respective field by June 30, 2024.


Application Instructions Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) C.V., 3) a sample syllabus for an undergraduate seminar on a theme of the candidate’s choosing, 4) a dissertation chapter or other writing sample, and 5) a statement on diversity and inclusion.


Applications are to be submitted via Interfolio. All applications and related materials are due by Monday, December 4th, 2023. Short-listed applicants will be requested to provide two references who the search committee will contact. Zoom interviews will be conducted in November.




A central theme in faculty and graduate student research has concerned questions of the everyday. Many of our faculty and graduate students, for example, have conducted field research in situations of turbulence and outright violence. Rather than relying on tropes such as that of horror and loss of humanity under such circumstances, they have paid attention to how violence may be understood as embedded in the everyday rather than taken always as an interruption of it. Several of our faculty have developed overlapping theories of the everyday that have challenged dominant models of trauma theory in the understanding of social suffering.

A second theme is the anthropological critique of theories of state and economy. Faculty in the department have widely challenged predominantly spatial and territorial models of the state, tracing sovereignty instead at spatial and temporal margins, and showing how affect, disposition, and uncertainty can be understood as important registers of politics and economy. Themes relating to the material and moral forms of the state are explored in the published and ongoing work of many in the department. We also examine how the law, biological relatedness, and sexuality converge to render uncertain the meaning of such things as the family and paternity.

A third theme uniting our faculty is the anthropology of religion. Drawing on expertise in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam (in the Middle East and South Asia, both Shi’a and Sunni), Judaism, Protestant Christianity, and “secular” philosophical traditions on issues such as asceticism, we raise conceptual questions to guide research across diverse traditions. Over the past three years, we have run conferences resonant with religious themes, such as “Newness and Tradition” and “Number as Inventive Frontier.” Recent publications have investigated religious intersections with the everyday, virtues and cultivation of the self, and the economy. New and ongoing projects examine modesty and moral regulation in relation to dress and public appearance in Iran; addictions and religion among the urban poor in Santiago; and Nigerian global commerce, divination and futures.

The anthropology of media and the related pursuit of visual anthropology is one more significant field of emergent interest among many faculty and graduate students in the department. This collective interest is evidenced in an examination of how media technology shapes perception, affect, and governance, with respect to visual culture in Peru, for example, or commercial film production in south India. Our faculty have worked to curate photographic and museum exhibitions, and to produce documentary film. Despite our diverse angles of engagement, we share a concern for technical aspects and instruments of media production, building outward into multiple engagements with science and technology studies.

Questions of environment and ecology constitute one final field of emergent and collective concern among many of the faculty and graduate students in the department. In recent years, faculty in the department have examined the materiality of riparian environments in Bangladesh, environmental governance in Latin America, and ecologies of the cinematic image in India. Our graduate students have investigated the visual culture of Indian fisherfolk and the melting of glaciers in the Andes. Our work on these topics engages with contemporary debates around climate change and the notion of the “anthropocene,” as well as with the many ways that environmental concerns inflect questions of global health, religion, and state power.

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