Faculty (Open Rank), Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity

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Faculty (Open Rank), Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity


University of Chicago

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Founded in 2022, the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity (RDI) is home to an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose work engages the conceptual pillars of the unit. RDI is housed in the Social Sciences at the University but is committed to working across the social sciences, humanities, sciences, professional schools, and the arts to build a truly interdisciplinary, outward-facing department. RDI values community-engaged and informed work. We offer a robust undergraduate curriculum (including a major and a minor) and are preparing to launch a doctoral certificate. We plan to have PhD program in place within five years. The University has made a deep commitment to the Department, including authorization to search for thirteen tenure-track colleagues over the next several years.

The Cluster Hire in Indigenous Studies

The Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago invites applications for a cluster hire of Assistant/Associate/Full professors whose research and teaching focus is Indigenous Studies. We anticipate making multiple appointments to start on or after July 1, 2024.  Applicants with PhDs in Indigenous or Native Studies and those with appropriate training in other fields are encouraged to apply. The methodological approach is open.  We are eager to hire scholars who see the prospect of working in an interdisciplinary Department that engages Indigeneity in tandem with race and diaspora as exciting and productive for their research and scholarship. We hope to hire colleagues working locally and globally, including at least one colleague in this cluster whose work connects with Indigenous communities in Chicago and the Midwest and others who work further afield, including the Americas, the Caribbean, Eurasia, Africa, Oceania, and the Pacific. Potential thematic focus areas include, but are by no means limited to, creative and critical approaches to Indigeneity; anti/de-colonization movements; the relationship between Blackness and Indigeneity; land, dispossession, and property; sovereignty and Indigenous political thought; science studies; art and visual culture; migration and Indigeneity; settler colonialism; environmental justice and injustice; Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies; penal legal systems; tribal law, federal Indian law, and Indigeneity in international law; gender, sexuality and Indigeneity; and global and/or comparative approaches.


Terminal Degree in hand by the start of the appointment in a relevant field. We welcome applications from scholars trained in all disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, sciences, professional schools, and the arts and those trained in interdisciplinary departments or programs.


Application Instructions

Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website at apply.interfolio.com/128026  and include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement in which you state your intellectual vision and trajectory, including a brief description of any public-facing work you have done and that you may hope to do in the future, 4) a teaching statement, which includes what you hope to accomplish as a teacher and mentor in the classroom and beyond as well as your vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion, 5) writing sample which is either a published piece from a book, edited volume or journal, or if unpublished, a work or pieces that is no more than 10,000 words, and 6) Provide a list of three references that may be contacted at a later date. Consideration of applications will begin on September 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is ended. For candidates advancing in the search, you may be required to submit additional materials.

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We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at https://provost.uchicago.edu/statements-diversity.

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