Assistant Professor, Cultural Anthropology

Unit: Anthropology
Position Type: Faculty
Location: Nashville, TN
Open Date: Sep 13, 2021
Close Date: No date set

The Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure-track
Assistant Professor who conducts research on Latinx migration, with a focus on Latinx children
and youth. We are open to applicants working with migrants from any region of Latin America
and/or the Caribbean. Diverse and innovative theoretical perspectives are encouraged, especially
those engaging critical childhood studies, critical border studies, or critical work on race and
gender. While we are open to candidates studying Latin American/Caribbean migration in any
area of the USA, we specifically encourage candidates working in the southern United States.
Ideal candidates will show strong theoretical and methodological approaches grounded in longterm
ethnographic work. The candidate should possess holistic training in anthropology.
Candidates should have an active field research program that can involve undergraduates and
graduate students, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community collaborations and
public engagement. We seek a candidate with a strong record of external grants and publishing in
refereed journals.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field and demonstrate a
deep commitment to our Ph.D. program, through training and mentoring our well-supported
graduate students. Teaching load is 2:2, which will include an Introduction to Cultural
Anthropology course, taught on a rotating basis, occasional courses for the curriculum, and
undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s research specialties. We are particularly
interested in candidates who show promise in connecting with other research units on campus.

The College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University is a highly selective liberal arts college
at the heart of a major research university. It seeks to attract a diverse student body of high
promise and ability from throughout the United States and the international community. Its
mission is to engage in significant and innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression
in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, to offer distinguished, well-taught
programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, and to foster
service to society overall. Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action
employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and
culturally diverse community of faculty and to teaching students who are diversified by gender,
race/ethnicity, and other social locations. It ranks in the top 15 National Universities and is in the
heart of Music City, Nashville, TN, which is consistently rated as an exciting and affordable
place to live (

Qualifications: PhD must be in-hand no later than August 15, 2022 when employment starts at
the beginning of Fall 2022 term.

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit: (a) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Norbert Ross, chair of the search
committee, summarizing fit for the position; (b) full curriculum vitae; (c) a one-page research
statement; (d) a one-page teaching philosophy statement; (e) a one-page statement describing
contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and teaching; and (f) contact
information for three recommenders. Submit these materials directly to

Questions: Please direct questions to Dr. Norbert Ross at

Deadlines: We will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2021, and continue until the
position is filled.