Assistant Professor Indigenous/Settler Colonialism Studies
Critical Theory & Social Justice, Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
November 15, 2018
Starting Date: 
August 16, 2019
Post date: September 19, 2018

Occidental College's Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice (CTSJ) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track professor of Indigenous/Settler Colonialism Studies (ISCS). As an intersectional and interdisciplinary department, CTSJ seeks to harness emergent academic analyses at the nexus of such fields as Native studies, comparative empire studies, posthumanist theory, biopolitics, theories of sovereignty, and problems of justice broadly.

We seek candidates with a PhD received by fall 2019, from either humanities or social science departments, with a specialty in the study of indigenous/native populations and cultures, analyses of empire and colonialism, and critical theory. We welcome recent PhD’s, as well as scholars who have been teaching for several years. Strong candidates will be able to teach a range of courses (five yearly across two semesters), including introductory critical theory courses, courses in Occidental’s Cultural Studies Program, extant CTSJ seminars, and new courses in ISCS-related fields. 

Application Instructions 

Candidates should send their application as an electronic file to . Please include: 1) a cover letter that details interest in teaching at Occidental and a discussion of the applicant’s research and teaching experience; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of demonstrated commitment to, past evidence of, and future plans for creating equitable opportunities for learning and mentor especially for underrepresented students; (3) a sample of scholarly work; (4) Curriculum Vitae; and (5) three to five confidential letters of recommendation (via, including at least one that addresses the applicant’s teaching.  All materials are due no later than November 15, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.  Interviews of semi-finalists will be held via videoconference.

For information on the Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice, including current course offerings, please visit our website at: Direct questions may be addressed to

Occidental College is a selective liberal arts college recognized for its diverse student body, its commitment to academic excellence and equity, and its undergraduate research programs. Located on Tongva land in North East Los Angeles, Occidental offers students and faculty unique engagement with cultural and scholarly resources, as well as a diverse array of indigenous and international communities across southern California. Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.  We strongly encourage all underrepresented candidates, especially underrepresented persons of color, women, and LGBTQ* candidates to apply.

As a condition of hire for a staff position and for appointment to a faculty position, Occidental College requires that all candidates who have received a conditional offer of employment complete an application form (if they have not already done so) and consent to a background check.  Satisfactory completion of a background check, along with pre-employment verifications and references are required as a condition of employment, but only as permitted by federal, state, and local law, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Review Begins: 
November 15, 2018

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