University of California, Los Angeles — African American Studies Junior Faculty Position – Black Political Economy

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Position title: Assistant Professor 


Open date: November 15, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. 

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. 


The University of California, Los Angeles Department of African American Studies invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor researching within Black and/or Pan-African paradigms of political economy, with a focus on questions of commerce and trade, labor and work, debt and finance, and/or extraction and agriculture in Africa and the Americas. 

Candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent in African American Studies or related social science disciplines and fields are encouraged to apply. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire. Applicants from Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU’s), Hispanic Serving-Institutions (HSI’s), and public universities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must show exceptional promise as researchers, scholars, teachers, and mentors and a willingness to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 

An interdisciplinary instructional program in African American Studies was established at UCLA in 1974. The program achieved departmental status during the 2013-14 academic year. The department maintains both BA and MA degree programs and offers a joint MA/JD program with the UCLA School of Law. For additional information about the department, please go to: 

This search is a partnership between the Department of African American Studies and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies as part of the campus-wide effort to rising to the challenge of racial and social justice at UCLA, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost. 

Interested candidates should submit application materials via UC Recruit at: Each application should include a Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Interest, Statement of Research/Teaching, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement, one publication or writing sample, contact information (name only) for letters of recommendation, and the authorization to release form. Candidates must complete their application by December 31, 2022 to ensure full consideration. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2023. 

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application) Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire. 


Document requirements 

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. Statement of Interest
  • Statement of Research/Teaching 
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document. 
  • One writing sample – Submit one writing sample of your choice. 
  • Authorization to Release Form – To access the form please visit the following link:  

Reference requirements 

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will be requested upon review of the application. 

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