The Department of Afroamerican & African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan announces an open rank search for a scholar of Global Black Urban Studies. Candidates should investigate Black social and cultural life within urban spaces and foreground Black Studies epistemologies in their scholarship. This position sits at the intersection of urban planning, urban design, and cultural, humanistic, and social inquiry, especially with respect to meanings of space and place. We welcome scholars whose research and teaching interrogate the various ways that social positions are constituted and reconstituted in urban environments that engage transnational flows of culture, memory, sonic histories, foodways, multi-mediated stories, and non-human nature(s). We invite applications from scholars from all disciplines. We are especially interested in scholars situated in fields such as Black Geographies, Critical Geography, as well as the theory and praxis of Black social and cultural movements as well those with experience working in collaborative and interdisciplinary teams that are committed to anti-racist practices, community-based research, and co-produced knowledge. Finally, we are excited by candidates who contribute to our department’s attentiveness to intersectionality around gender, gender expression, class, sexuality, (dis-)ability, and other forms of sociality. We see intersectionality as key to producing deeper understandings of how Black lived realities manifest themselves; how spatial trauma, disavowal, and displacement are constituted and experienced; and how emancipatory (Afro)futures get imagined and built.

The position will not only contribute to the current strengths of DAAS’s community of scholars and teachers. It is also part of a thematic cluster dedicated to antiracist scholarship and teaching with companion hires in the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as in Digital Studies (DS). Please find more information about the cluster here:

This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of August 26, 2024. Interested applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. prior to the appointment. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research.

Applicants should provide:
• Cover letter addressed to the Chair of the Black Urban Studies/Black Humanities Search Committee
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of current and future research plans
• Statement of teaching philosophy and experience (or a teaching portfolio containing such a statement)
• Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, course syllabi, teaching awards that can be parts of a teaching portfolio).
* Statement that demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship/research, and/or teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research proposal and teaching statements (1-3 pages).
* List of three (3) recommenders

Application material should be uploaded via the link provided:

Deadline to apply for full consideration for the position is October 1, 2023

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veterans’ status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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