Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Assistant Professor, Medical Anthropology

Posted: 11/29/2019 (Employment)


The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time sociocultural anthropologist whose expertise centers on the effects of race and racism on health and health inequalities. Geographic and methodological expertise are open. 

UW Anthropology tenure-track faculty engage in research, teaching, and service, and have an annual service period of nine months (September 16-June 15). The position is expected to begin September 16, 2020 with the start of the autumn quarter. responsibilities will include four courses in Anthropology, distributed between three academic terms (quarters), contributing to our undergraduate option in Medical Anthropology as well as to our sociocultural graduate program. The candidate is expected to teach both a large introductory lecture class and more specialized upper-division and graduate courses based in their areas of expertise, using innovative and inclusive pedagogies. Other professional duties include an active research program and service to the Department and University. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community, and the successful applicant will be expected to include integrity and equity in their research, teaching, and service. The University of Washington serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 34% first-generation college students and over 27% Pell Grant students. A recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan award for Faculty Career Flexibility, the UW supports career development and work-life balance for faculty.

Members of the Department of Anthropology maintain strong connections to many other units on campus. Our interests include the intersectionality of race/gender/sexuality/class discrimination, state and institutional violence; critical race theory; decolonization of global health, health institutions, and bureaucracies; racial justice; environmental racism and resistance; youth health activism; racialization of disease; infections and inequalities; the meaning and measurement of race in biomedicine and public health; racism and racial-genetic determinism in genomic projects; participatory and community ethnographies of health. 


Qualifications: A record of research that includes a focus on the intersection of race, racism, and health is required. We will accept applications from cultural anthropologists with expertise in all geographic and methodological areas. Applicants must have earned a doctorate, or foreign equivalent, in anthropology, or related field, by the date of appointment; however, applicants who have not completed their PhD at the time of application will be considered. 

Application Instructions

To apply, use Interfolio and include the following items: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement (explanation of research activities and accomplishments as well as future plans) (4) diversity statement (how the applicant’s teaching, research and/or service contribute to diversity through scholarship and/or by improving access to higher education for underrepresented individuals or groups), (5) teaching statement (addressing teaching philosophy and approaches to both large lecture courses and seminars, and discussion of teaching challenges and their solutions), (6) a list of courses the applicant is prepared to teach with one paragraph abstract for each, and (7) the names and contacts for three referees. As a guideline, we are looking for 1-2 pages (single spaced) for each of the statements on research, diversity, and teaching. The cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Laada Bilaniuk, search committee chair, Department of Anthropology. Review of applications will begin on December 20, 2019.

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Deadline: 12/20/2019

Location: University of Washington