Associate or advanced Assistant Professor in Black feminisms

The Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) Program at Northwestern University invites applications to fill a full-time, tenure-line position at the Associate or advanced Assistant level in Black feminisms and Black feminist theory, to begin September 1, 2023.

We seek a scholar with teaching and research interests strongly rooted in African American and/or Black diasporic feminisms as intellectual traditions with deep implications for social and political life. The program is especially interested in work that highlights distinct histories and claims of Black feminist thought as well as its complex enmeshments with other domains of feminist theory and practice. We encourage applications that explore relations of Black feminisms to critical race studies and to feminist movements within and beyond the U.S.; to intersectionality and its critics; to ecofeminist theory and activism; or to other relevant bodies of theory. We are particularly interested in applicants holding a Ph.D. in Feminist, Women’s, and Gender Studies, African American Studies, History, Anthropology, or Political Science, although we welcome applications from those trained in other fields in the humanities and qualitative social sciences that complement existing strengths among the program’s core faculty. The position will be a joint appointment across the GSS Program and a tenure-granting department within the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful applicant should demonstrate excellence in teaching and a willingness to mentor undergraduate majors and minors as well as doctoral students. The applicant should be prepared to teach core undergraduate courses, including a gateway lecture course that introduces students to a broad range of feminist theories and texts, in addition to offering graduate seminars as part of our robust Certificate program. Our thriving multidisciplinary culture values overlaps and interconnections among feminist studies, gender studies, and sexuality studies.

Applications and supporting documents will be accepted only by online submission via the link on our program website at Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, article-length writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and three letters of recommendation (submitted separately). In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 3, 2022. Inquiries about the search may be sent to Nick Davis at or to GSS program administrator Eliot Colin at

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