The Department of History and the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) at Rice University invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the field of Modern African History from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The successful candidate's research areas will focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. We particularly welcome applications from scholars whose research engages indigenous languages/cultures or crosses imperial and/or national borders.

In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful candidate will teach four courses in a normal academic year, including an annual offering of either the core course for the CAAAS undergraduate minor or the core course for the Center’s graduate certificate program. Scholars specializing in gender/sexuality, imperialism and anticolonialism, post-colonial states, the environment, medicine, politics, or science and technology will be strong candidates for this position. Affiliation with one or more of Rice’s several interdepartmental programs is encouraged, though not required. Such programs include the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the program on Poverty, Social Justice and Human Capabilities; Environmental Studies; Medical Humanities; Politics, Law and Social Thought; the Baker Institute for Public Policy; and/or Science and Technology Studies. The successful candidate will be based and evaluated for promotion and tenure in the Department of History.

Only electronic applications will be accepted, via We will start reviewing application materials on October 15, 2022. For fullest consideration all materials should be submitted by November 15, 2022.

Please attach a letter of application summarizing your interest and qualifications, C.V., an article-length writing sample, and statements on teaching and research philosophies, each uploaded separately to their respective tabs. Please list three references with contact information, from whom we might solicit letters as the search progresses. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree conferred by July 1, 2023, in African History or African Studies with a strong emphasis in History. We particularly encourage applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups who bring diverse cultural experiences and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise members of our diverse student population. The start date of the position is July 1, 2023.

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of the dynamic Museum District in Houston, Texas, the most diverse city in the country and home to a large African diasporic community. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, also has a long history of vibrant Black politics and cultural diversity, with top elected positions in the metro area held by Black and Latinx leaders. Rice offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. It consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.

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