Interdisciplinary Scholar and/or Artist of South Asian Studies

Interdisciplinary Scholar and/or Artist of South Asian Studies with an Emphasis on Issues of Economic and/or Social Justice



Position overview
Position title: Interdisciplinary Scholar and/or Artist of South Asian Studies with an Emphasis on Issues of Economics and Social Justice
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year commencing in September 2022. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2022 for employment effective July 1, 2022.

Application Window

Open date: November 23rd, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Jan 24, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position Description

UCSC invites applications for a faculty position in South Asian studies, with an emphasis on issues of economic or social justice. This position can be made at the rank of advanced assistant professor (tenure track), or to one of the two tenured ranks, associate professor or early full professor.

We seek an interdisciplinary scholar and/or artist of South Asian Studies who engages and extends theoretical, historical, and aesthetic paradigms of justice. We especially welcome applications from scholars/artists who foreground issues of caste, gender, sexuality, and class across a range of temporalities and regions within South Asia. Some specific areas of interest include but are not limited to the following: feminist and/or queer/trans history, social movements and development, Dalit studies, environment and sustainability, aesthetics, or cultural studies.

The successful candidate will be housed in a department in one of three divisions (Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences) based on their disciplinary expertise and interest. The faculty member will be expected to participate in programmatic and curricular development, to teach and supervise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to contribute to the development of the undergraduate South Asian Studies minor. UCSC’s newly established Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) will provide an additional forum for research engagement and community outreach, and the candidate will be expected to serve as center director in the near future. For more information on our center, please visit: We are particularly interested in applicants with leadership experience, a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, and a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of professional life.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Service (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D., MFA, or terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the advertised position; demonstrated records of research and teaching in a discipline relevant to the advertised position.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
Applicants at the Associate Professor and Professor ranks must have a demonstrated record of service to the academic and professional communities.

Application Requirements

Document requirements



  • *Statement of Research
  • *Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    *Initial screening of applications will be based exclusively on the Research Statement and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application discussing research agendas, teaching interests, service experience, and relevant experience with forming collaborative partnerships with organizations.
  • Sample Publication and/or Artistic Work/Recordings - For scholarly/artistic work other than publications, provide the applicable URL to your artistic work/recording in a PDF document.
  • Sample Publication and/or Artistic Work/Recordings - For scholarly/artistic work other than publications, provide the applicable URL to your artistic work/recording in a PDF document.
  • Sample Publication and/or Artistic Work/Recordings - For scholarly/artistic work other than publications, provide the applicable URL to your artistic work/recording in a PDF document.
  • Pedagogy Statement
  • Sample Course Syllabus


Reference requirements



  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters** from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)


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Santa Cruz, California

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