AFAS is recruiting faculty!

The Department of African and African American Studies is recruiting faculty through the 2022-23 Cluster Hire Focused on Race and Ethnicity Scholarship

Through the Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative, Washington University in St. Louis aims to build a world-class research program on race. Two previous rounds of this cluster hire initiative took place in 2020-21 and 2021-22. This Initiative is funded by the Office of the Provost.  It is supported by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2), which was founded in 2019 and launched in 2020 to catalyze research, learning, and community at Washington University.  Faculty hired through the Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative are encouraged to become affiliates of CRE2.

The initiative invites applications for tenured/tenure-track faculty positions across a range of fields, with a focus on the study of race and ethnicity.  Candidates must have a PhD or other terminal degree in a field related to one or more of the units listed above, or else complete all degree requirements by July 1, 2023. Candidates must have an active and innovative research agenda focused on race and/or ethnicity and a commitment to excellent teaching. Candidates for the rank of associate or full professor should have an outstanding teaching, service, and publication record commensurate with tenure at that rank.  

The two approved recruitments involving AFAS are listed below: 

Department of African and African American Studies, Arts & Sciences
We invite applications from scholars whose research focuses on Africa or the Black Diaspora outside of the U.S.  This is an open-rank tenured/tenure-track position. Candidates should demonstrate how their research, teaching, and mentoring of students will contribute to our undergraduate and future graduate programs and expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) Black sexuality, gender, feminisms, and/or health; (2) Black geographies, migration and/or the environment; and (3) African/Black Diaspora Studies. The non-U.S. regional focus is open, but we are keen on Southern Africa, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin America, and Black South Pacific. AFAS is an interdisciplinary department, and we invite applicants from all disciplines and fields of study.  Please see for more information about AFAS.

Department of Education/Department of African and African American Studies, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking a jointly-appointed professor (open-rank) in Education Policy Studies who utilizes quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to focus on problem-centered analyses of policy at federal, state, and/or local levels, race, equity, and social justice. Candidates will have well-defined, yet innovative scholarship in the study of education, schooling  (including initial pre-school environs, K-12, and higher education), and race that intersect with one or more of the following areas: policy studies, public health, anthropology, history, political science, economics, law, sociology, geography, philosophy, information technologies, among others. Individuals with a research focus on STEM-related issues are particularly encouraged to apply.  A keen understanding and appreciation of the issues of achievement and the lived experiences of Black and other marginalized students and their families and communities are essential. The position’s interdisciplinarity is affirming, cross-cutting, and aligns with the University, Arts & Sciences, and Departments’ strategic plans to advance scholarship on race. Please see and for more information about the Departments of Education and African and African-American Studies

For more information on this recruitment including timeline and application process, visit the Cluster Hire website at: