Stanford University: Open Rank Faculty Search in Black Studies in the Arts

Stanford Department of African and African American Studies Black Studies in the Arts Open Rank Faculty Search

The newly formed Department of African and African American Studies (DAAAS) at Stanford University is searching for scholars who research and teach in the field of Black Studies in the Arts. This is an open-rank search; the appointment may be at the rank of Assistant Professor (on the tenure-track), Associate Professor (with tenure), or Full Professor. The term of appointment is expected to begin on September 1, 2024. Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2023. 

We welcome applications from all candidates in the field of Black Studies, including scholars of art history, film and visual culture, performance, and musicology. We also welcome anthropologists, historians, philosophers, scholar-practitioners, and critical theorists whose research and teaching focus on Black Studies in the Arts. Scholars who employ transnational, intersectional, comparative, diasporic, decolonial, and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged to apply. 

The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in the Department of African and African American Studies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 

Candidates should apply through and submit:

  • a cover letter

    • The Department of African and African American Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences, and Stanford University value faculty who will help foster an inclusive academic environment for colleagues, students, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, identities, and outlooks. Additional information about Stanford's IDEAL initiative may be found here: Candidates may choose to include as part of their research and teaching statements a brief discussion about how their work and experience will further these ideals.

  • a curriculum vitae

  • a writing sample (20-30 pages)

  • names of at least three referees (Pre-tenured applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters at the time of application).

Further material may be requested later. 

Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2023.

The chair of the search committee is Professor Vaughn Rasberry. Inquiries may be directed to Maritza E. Colón, Director of Finance and Operations, at Further information about Stanford’s Department of African and African American Studies can be found at

Stanford University has provided a pay range representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.

The salary range for this position is $112,194 - $281,161.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions. 

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