Professor of Anti-Racist Digital Urban Humanities (Assistant/Associate/Full)

How to Apply

Applicants should submit one PDF (500kb size limit) containing the following:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position
  • Statement discussing how you center anti-racism in your research/creative practice and teaching
  • CV with a link to a website or a short portfolio of no more than 10 pages
  • Names and contact information for three references

The deadline for submissions is November 15. Please visit our website to submit your application.



The University of Michigan Digital Studies Institute and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning invite applications for a joint (50/50) open rank tenure-track appointment from colleagues conducting leading-edge creative practice and research in anti-racist design and digital culture to begin August 28, 2023. This position is part of a Provost’s Anti-Racist Hiring Initiative led by Taubman College in collaboration with the Department of African and African American Studies and the Digital Studies Initiative and will benefit from a well-established and university-supported anti-racism research infrastructure.

Focus areas might include:

  • Digital space, place, and racial identity, i.e. “thick mapping”
  • Carceral digital studies, space, power, and racialized populations
  • Digital storytelling that centers anti-racist approaches to urban space
  • Urban design research, big data, critical speculative approaches, racial inclusion
  • Critical digital studies, spatial justice, urban community-based racial justice research
  • Intersections between structural racism, digital methodologies, Detroit and other “shrinking” cities

We seek a faculty member with a generative and projective orientation who can teach design studios, elective courses, or other classes that activate the creative capacities in our students, grounded in critical reflection but also linked to design and making. This position will serve students enrolled in Taubman College, Digital Studies minors, and students across the College of Literature, Science and the Arts as well as the university at large.


Required Qualifications

  • Graduate professional and/or doctoral degree in architecture, urban design, or a closely related field
  • Robust research/creative practice agenda
  • Commitment in work and teaching to the critical-cultural study of digital technology in relation to power, ideology, visibility, representation, and cultural difference


Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include a retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College values a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that includes people of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We aim to create a community of mutual respect and trust where everyone's backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about our DEI efforts and the shared values we have for our community.


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