Assistant Professor - Structural Racism, Oppression, and Black Political Experiences

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Closing date
Sep 26, 2021

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The Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for an assistant professor (pending budgetary approval) in any subfield of political science or related discipline whose work addresses structural racism, oppression, or Black political experiences, conceived domestically, comparatively, or globally. We encourage applications from scholars working on problems of racial oppression and racialized inequalities and hierarchies - in race and ethnic politics, in political behavior, in political economy, in international and transnational politics, in global or domestic institutions (of the US or other countries), as well as any other topic related to our theme (including inequalities in cities, health, education, and technology).

The Department intends to make three hires in the coming years (pending budgetary approval), in coordination with a cluster in Race, Representation, and Anti-Black and Systemic Racism within the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. The related University Race and Social Determinants of Equity and Well-being Cluster Hire and Retention Initiative is also aimed at creating and sustaining a cohort of scholars whose research, service, and community engagement are aimed at strengthening knowledge and addressing racial disparities in the social determinants of equity and wellbeing. We thus welcome applicants whose interests complement current and new cluster faculty pertaining to race and inequality and their impact on Black communities in the United States; desirable research and teaching interests include, but are not limited to: race and ethnic politics, identity, democratic behavior, activism and collective action, representation, urban or local governance, health and healthcare policy, technology policy or algorithmic bias, environmental justice, ethnic or international conflict, migration, post-colonialism/post-imperialism; scholars whose interests include Africa or the African Diaspora are also encouraged to apply.

The starting date for the position is September 1, 2022. Successful candidates are expected to engage in research, teaching, and service that contributes to the department's mission. Required qualifications: applicants have or expect to have a Ph.D. in hand before the appointment begins, research interests related to structural racism, oppression, or Black political experiences, and demonstrated ability or potential to deliver high-quality instruction, to publish high-quality scholarship, and to contribute to an inclusive climate and attract and retain a diverse student body.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, two or three writing samples, teaching evaluations (if available), a diversity statement (brief description of how your research, teaching or service demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion), and a minimum of three letters of reference; references should send their letters directly to Please apply online at:

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 8, 2021, and the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The Political Science Department telephone number is (412) 648-7290; the contact e-mail address is

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

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