The Feminist Studies Department [] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the tenured Associate Professor or early stage Full Professor position in Africana Feminist Studies. We seek a scholar with a demonstrated track record of creativity and excellence in problem- and question-driven scholarship on Africa and/or the African Diaspora, capaciously construed, who would contribute to the Department’s undergraduate major and Ph.D. program.

Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz is an interdisciplinary department that, while located in the Humanities Division, nevertheless embraces methodologically-reflexive and epistemologically-attentive approaches to thinking that seek both to destabilize and to trace the construction of traditionally-wrought distinctions between the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. We welcome candidates who would complement or deepen department strengths in intellectual and disciplinary history, postcolonial and poststructuralist engagements with language and power, critical area studies, transnational cultural studies, and feminist science and technology studies, as well as candidates who might push departmental forms of expertise with new directions and challenges. Collaborations with heterodox approaches to interdisciplinary scholarship receive support from the Department’s strong and longstanding relationships with the Center for Cultural Studies, the emerging Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program, and the Science and Justice Research Center.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research, teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, and service to the department. This position carries a five-course equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying other academic and service responsibilities.

We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.



Associate Professor or early stage Full Professor



Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).



Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a field related to the description above, a record of research, and five years teaching and administrative experience. It is required that applicants will have reached tenure at the time of application.



July 1, 2019, with the academic year beginning in September 2019.



Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.



Please refer to Position # JPF00615-19 in all correspondence.



  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Statement addressing contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service ( (required)
  • Writing sample (required)


Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at



Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 1, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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