Assistant Professor – African and African Diaspora Literatures and Culture – University of California, Berkeley

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The Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley seek applications for an Africanist position with a comparative component, at the level of Assistant Professor, tenure track (50% in Comparative Literature, 50% in English).

The successful candidate will have a rigorous grounding in African or African Diaspora literatures and cultures, with the ability to work in another language in addition to English. We welcome candidates with competence in Indigenous and Creole languages of Africa or the African Diaspora, and we are open to a variety of theoretical approaches and critical orientations.

We encourage applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity in higher education and who've shown the potential to advance the departments' goal of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive scholarly environment.

The departments are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

Indeed, a separate search is currently being conducted for a specialist in African literatures as Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Please see job number JPF03980: []. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply both to this 50-50 joint position and to the 100 percent position advertised by the Department of English.