American University — Executive Director, Antiracist Research and Policy Center

The Antiracist Research and Policy Center (ARPC) at American University (AU) invites applications for a full-time Executive Director. The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of scholars, professionals, authors, advocates, activists, organizers, and creators at AU. They will continue building a new vision for the Center, and help cohere and amplify the work of other scholars on campus, while advancing their own scholarly agenda related to antiracist, research, praxis, and/or policy. Research should include an active antiracist agenda, including the study of racial inequalities and racial disparities. The director must be committed to working collaboratively with the Center faculty, fellows, and other partners on campus and in the Washington, D.C. region. Qualified candidates may be eligible for a tenured appointment in an appropriate academic unit with teaching obligations subject to negotiation.

Our ideal candidate will be an emerging or established thought leader in the field(s) of race, racism, racial inequality, colonialism, and related fields, as well as a thought leader in antiracism and related frameworks with a track record and established trajectory of high-impact scholarly, professional, and/or creative work that focuses on antiracism and equity. A focus on the specific experiences of historically marginalized racial groups in the U.S., particularly Black, Indigenous, and Latinx groups, and/or a comparative focus on racial oppression and liberatory movements within and beyond the U.S. is welcome, as are interdisciplinary approaches. Our ideal candidate will shape the Center’s vision and goals while contributing to fundraising efforts. They should have a significant record related to antiracism which they will continue to pursue while leading the Center, while also working collaboratively with the AU faculty, students and staff to help define and deepen innovative, pathbreaking, and intersectional approaches to antiracism-related research and praxis, policy analysis and advocacy, and creative projects on and beyond AU’s campus.