Assistant Professor, African American History
Department of History, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
October 1, 2021
Starting Date: 
September 1, 2022
Post date: August 5, 2021


The Department of History at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a full-time (100% FTE, 9-month service), tenure-track assistant professor who specializes in African American History. The department is particularly interested in expanding faculty expertise in the long twentieth century. Additionally, the successful candidate will develop introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses with capacity for large enrollments of diverse students and graduate seminars. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.  This position will begin in September 2022.


Applicants must demonstrate a record of teaching and research relative to African American history. We are particularly looking for a scholar whose research agenda, graduate mentoring, and undergraduate teaching experience will prepare students to think historically about matters of critical relevance today such as racism, gender and sexuality, the legacy of enslavement, transnational and national civil rights movements, comparative Black diasporas, policing and the carceral state. Corollary research and teaching interests might include topics complementary to our program strengths and student interest, including African Americans in the US West, racial capitalism, U.S. imperialism, constitutional and legal history, environmental history and environmental justice. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in History or a related field, or foreign equivalent, in hand by the start date

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

Application Instructions 

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit via Interfolio the following materials: cover letter (addressing research agenda and undergraduate and graduate teaching interests), curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, teaching philosophy statement, diversity statement (record of engagement with issues around diversity and equity), and a writing sample (either a published journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter). We may ask for other materials at later stages.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Margaret O’Mara, chair of the search, at if you have any questions.

Review Begins: 
October 1, 2021

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