The Africana Studies Deparment at Williams College invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Africana Studies, beginning July 1, 2019. We welcome applications from candidates who have completed their PhD within the last five years and also those who have not yet completed their PhD, but will have the PhD in hand by the start date of the appointment.

We seek a candidate who studies processes of language translation both within African Diasporic communities, and between African Diasporic communities and the wider world. Candidates might hold expertise in any number of disciplinary or methodological approaches so long as they situate and center the politics of translation practices in the African diaspora. The position requires vision, initiative, and a desire to join our vibrant community of scholars, practitioners, and activists. Williams is an institution that places a high value on undergraduate teaching; consequently, we strongly prefer applicants who can demonstrate in their supporting materials a capacity for excellent teaching and who have a commitment to working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. The teaching load is one course each semester.

The successful candidate will be appointed full-time for a term of two years and will have a teaching load of one course each semester. The salary for this position is $55,000 per year. The fellow will also be provided with full benefits including health and dental insurance, plus an allowance of $3,000 per year for research and professional travel. This position is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Information about the Williams College Department of Africana Studies is available at Applications should be submitted via Interfolio ( and should include:

  • a cover letter;
  • c.v.;
  • a one to two-page statement describing your teaching and research;
  • a writing sample of no more than 25 pages;
  • a transcript from your doctoral program;
  • at least three letters of reference.

Completed applications submitted by Friday, February 1, 2019 will receive full consideration.

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Fax and email applications will not be accepted. Inquiries should be sent to

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

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