Professor/Associate Professor of African literature – Duke University

Professor/Associate Professor of African literature and/or Cultural Studies

Duke University, English Department

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The Duke University English Department, located in Durham, North Carolina, USA, invites nominations and applications for a tenure track position in African literature and/or cultural studies at the rank of associate or full professor. The department seeks specialists working in any region or period, and we are especially interested in comparative methods, critical theory, digital humanities, ecocriticism, gender and sexuality studies, migration, and screen studies. Candidates with research interests in African language literatures are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be committed to teaching both undergraduate and graduate students.

This hire is part of an effort to increase the number of faculty with global perspectives and expertise across core departments, with support from the Office of the Provost and funded by The Duke Endowment. The position begins January 1 or July 1, 2023. To apply, please submit through Academic Jobs Online a curriculum vitae; letter of application; evidence of teaching excellence; and a list of your top publications. The application address is:

The committee welcomes letters of nomination for potential candidates. We ask that all nominations be sent to, using “Africanist Search” as the subject line.

The committee will begin its deliberations on January 4, 2022. Applications received by that date will be guaranteed full consideration.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publication list
  • Evidence of Teaching Excellence
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
(919) 684-2741
Duke University
Department of English
303 Allen Building
Durham, NC 27708