Department of Anthropology Job Posting

Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology


The Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or tenured associate professor position in Sociocultural Anthropology, to begin August 2018. 

We seek applicants whose research and teaching address issues of contemporary and global significance. The ideal candidate will have a research agenda that combines theoretical, ethnographic, and methodological innovation and rigor. Special attention will be given to candidates who are working on one or more of the following key research themes: critical studies of race, gender and/or sexuality; health and medicine; energy and environment; politics, inequalities, and violence. Geographic area is open.

The successful candidate will work with graduate students in developing research projects and have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Candidates should explain how their research complements and/or integrates with existing departmental strengths. Diversity and Inclusion are core values at Washington University, and the strong candidate will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive.

Duties include teaching courses, advising students, conducting sponsored research, writing for publication, and university service.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  All applicants must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology or a cognate discipline, and the degree must be in hand by time of appointment. Applicants at the tenured associate level should also have a distinguished record of scholarly publications in the field.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a cover letter (with clear statements of research, teaching, and contributions to issues of diversity); (3) the 2 or 3 key research themes addressed in the candidate’s research (from the above list or an additional theme not listed above); and (4) names and emails of three references. All materials should be sent as one combined PDF via e-mail with “Sociocultural Anthropology Search” in the subject line to: Jennifer Masterson <>.  Priority will be given to applications received on or before October 23, 2017, but applications will be reviewed until the search is concluded. 

University's commitment to EEO and Diversity:

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Request for additional information may be directed to Professor Shanti Parikh, Search Committee Chair, at