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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Bowdoin College
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Brunswick, ME 04011
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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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The Department of Anthropology at Bowdoin College invites applications for two tenure-track positions in cultural anthropology to begin July 1, 2020. We intend to hire at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional senior candidates will also be considered.

We are open to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the following topical areas:

Environmental Justice and Social Inequality
We seek a cultural anthropologist whose research on the environment forefronts issues of inequality and justice in historically marginalized communities. Topical specializations might include: chemical exposures and toxicity; climate crises and justice; disaster and creative adaptations; environmental governance and ethics; environmental racism and slow violence; food (in)security; land dispossession and reclamation; resource extraction, social resistance, and sovereignty.

Critical Studies of Health
We seek a cultural anthropologist whose research forefronts issues of health and well-being at the intersection of local/global systems of power. Topical specializations might include: addiction and violence; bio-medical practice and ethics; (dis)ability and social movements; displacement, migration, and health insecurities; drug development and pharmaceuticals; traditional medical knowledge and indigenous practices; genomics and bioinformatics; humanitarian, medical, and/or techno-scientific governance; materiality of scientific objects; mental health and psychic life; trauma, survival, and recovery of persons and communities.

The ideal candidate is committed to excellence in research and teaching and has developed geographical and topical specializations that complement or extend those currently covered in the Department. We also seek colleagues who will collaborate with us as we build a program that integrates the subdisciplines of cultural anthropology and anthropological archaeology.

Bowdoin is a community that warmly welcomes people of all backgrounds. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and from those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. In your application materials, please address how your teaching, scholarship, and/or mentoring would support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Bowdoin requires a strong commitment to research and a promise of long-term successful scholarly engagement as well as a dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. The College offers opportunities for professional development, a fully-funded, year-long junior sabbatical leave (after three years of teaching and successful reappointment), and regular, generously funded, post-tenure sabbaticals. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidates will teach courses in their areas of expertise and will contribute to the rotation of core courses for the major in Anthropology (including Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Ethnographic Research; History of Anthropological Theory). A Ph.D. in Anthropology is expected by date of appointment.

We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of partners and spouses of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please submit: 1) a cover letter that details your scholarly research agenda, describes your teaching experience, and explains your potential contribution to a diverse and inclusive learning environment; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Candidates should indicate how their research and teaching specializations contribute to one or both of the areas under which the search is organized.

Review of applications will begin September 15, 2019.

Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, intimate size, strong sense of community, and commitment to diversity (32.7% students of color, 6% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students). Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. For further information about the College and our department, please visit our website:

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