Position listing: Biocultural with applied orientation

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, is currently conducting a tenure track search for a biocultural anthropologist with an applied orientation. Please see the link for full details.


Best, Anne


Anne M. Galvin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology,
Anthropology Program Coordinator,
Coordinator of High Impact Practices, St. John’s College,
Senior Research Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Job listing: Peace Research Institute in Germany

Postdoctoral Researcher

The Peace Re­search Institute Frank­furt is a found­ation under public law and part of the Leib­niz Asso­ciation. With over 80 employees, PRIF is cur­rently the largest peace and conflict re­­search institute in Ger­many.

To broaden its com­parative re­search on violent intra­state conflicts (civil wars), PRIF is seek­ing to employ as early as possible a post­doctoral re­searcher with 100% of work­ing hours on the pay scale for the Ger­man public service in the state of Hesse, E 13 TV-H, ini­tially for a period of two years (time limit pur­suant to the law on temp­orary job contracts in science (WissZVG)).

Your res­pon­sibilities:

  • Develop­ment of as well as ac­quisition of third-party fund­ing for a re­search project in the area of comp­arative civil war studies which analyses the causes as well as the dyn­amics of violent intra­state conflicts, taking into ac­count their inter­nat­ional and trans­nat­ional di­men­sions.
  • Sup­port of PRIF’s public re­lations’ work and policy ad­vice on cur­rent armed conflicts.
  • Parti­ci­pation in the PRIF com­mittees of self-gover­nance.

The ap­pli­cant should ful­fill the fol­low­ing re­quire­ments:

  • An above-aver­age PhD in pol­itical science, socio­logy or another rele­vant disci­pline
  • Re­search focus on the the­matic field rele­vant for the ad­vertised vacancy
  • Good know­ledge of quali­tative and/or quanti­tative social-science metho­do­logy
  • Ex­perience with and/or wil­ling­ness to carry out field re­search
  • Com­muni­cation skills with a view to know­ledge trans­fer.

Very good command of English, spoken and written, as well as competent hand­ling of stand­ard office soft­ware are pre­re­quisites. Good know­ledge of German is desi­rable.

PRIF is a winner of the Total E-Quality award and is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing a work/­life balance. The position is full-time, how­ever part-time employ­ment is pos­sible. In the case of equal quali­fi­cation, ap­pli­cants with se­vere dis­abilities will be given pre­ference.

Please send your ap­pli­cation docu­ments in­cluding a con­cept paper of not more than three pages out­lining a pot­ential pro­ject as well as a work sample as a single PDF docu­ment and in­clude the po­sition code 4.2 by March 31, 2018 via e-mail to [email protected]. Un­fortu­nately, ap­plication ex­penses can­not be re­imbursed.

Job posting: University of Auckland


The University of Auckland is advertising a two-year, fixed-term position in Social Anthropology commencing in February 2018. The closing date for applications is 11 December. For further information, please follow this link: Professional Teaching Fellow in Social Anthropology.

My colleagues and I would be grateful if you would circulate this information widely through your networks and to potential applicants.

With Best Wishes


Christine Dureau

Social Anthropology Convenor

Miscellaneous opportunities

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Environmental Policy to join an interdisciplinary social sciences faculty.

Possible research interests include climate policy, energy policy, environmental policy, environmental health policy, or natural resource policy. Candidates with strengths in international policy and spatial approaches, including GIS, are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information please visit: https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/5791

Hiroshima University, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), is now recruiting for the tenured position of Anthropologist particularly who are working on the field of peace and education development.

For more information please visit:

The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants are aimed at scholars who seek to understand the conditions under which political negotiation can be achieved (or not achieved) in Congress and other legislative arenas. The grants provide up to $10,000 of funding for each awardee, to be used for up to one year of research and writing. Applicants must have a PhD in hand by the application deadline and must hold an affiliation with a college or university based in the United States.

For more information, please visit www.ssrc.org/nacg or contact us at [email protected].

Job posting: Assistant professor in environmental/energy justice

Please note this policy-focused position at Michigan Technological University. We have a graduate program in Environmental and Energy Policy.

C. MacLennan


Assistant Professor in Environmental/Energy Justice, Tenure-Track Department of Social Sciences Michigan Technological University

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Assistant Professor to join an interdisciplinary social sciences faculty. We seek a scholar specializing in environmental and/or energy justice. Candidates with strengths in policy analysis and/or spatial methodologies are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be prepared to teach one or more courses that articulate with undergraduate programs in Anthropology, History, or Law & Society. Applicants should also demonstrate how their research and teaching interests strengthen our graduate programs (MS and PhD) in Environmental & Energy Policy and/or Industrial Heritage and Archaeology. A Ph.D. in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology or a related interdisciplinary field is required by August 15, 2017.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong research record and agenda, as well as high potential for securing external funding. Teaching experience is strongly preferred. The teaching load is two courses per semester. Michigan Tech is a research university (RU/H) with approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located minutes from Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Houghton/Hancock community offers year-round recreational and cultural opportunities.

Michigan Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. See www.dual.mtu.edu for additional information.

Applications will be reviewed starting November 15, 2016. Full consideration will be given to applications received by that date. Interested candidates should complete the online application and upload required materials including: (1) a letter of interest, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) writing sample(s)and (6) names and contact information for three references. Letters of reference will be requested for candidates making the short list.

You can find out more about this position, including where to submit your online application, at: http://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/4766

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Chelsea Schelly at [email protected] or 906 487 1759.

More about the Department and University

The Department of Social Sciences consists of faculty who represent diverse disciplinary backgrounds within the social sciences. The Department offers undergraduate degree programs in anthropology, history, and social science and M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology and in Environmental and Energy Policy. We contribute to campus-wide general education and collaborate with research partners across the university. Michigan Tech is a mid-sized public research university with 130 degree programs in arts, humanities, and social sciences; business and economics; computing; engineering; forestry and environmental science; natural and physical sciences; and technology. Michigan Tech is ranked in the top tier of national universities according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2015.” The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and 49% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The university values cross-disciplinary faculty and student contributions to global sustainability. Michigan Tech is committed to offering career exploration advice and assistance whenever feasible and appropriate at the University and in the local community. See www.dual.mtu.edu for more information.


Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Houghton was rated as the 15th Greatest Place to Live in America by Outside Magazine in 2014. It is also rated as a top summer travel destination, one of the Top 10 outdoor adventure spots in the country for our bike trails, and is well known for its Olympic-caliber cross country ski trails, Lake Superior shoreline, and numerous inland lakes and rivers. Situated on the hills bordering the beautiful Portage Waterway and only minutes from several Lake Superior beaches, the area offers a bounty of cultural and recreational opportunities. The historic downtown waterfront provides unique shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities in addition to serving as the mainland headquarters for Isle Royale National Park. Local schools are known for their high quality and commitment to being one of the top five districts for student performance in the state of Michigan. The Houghton County Memorial Airport offers jet service to and from Chicago twice daily on United Airlines. This environment, combined with a competitive compensation package, results in an excellent quality of life.

Tenure-track position: Chicano/a-Latino/a Youth Studies

San Diego State University: Arts and Letters: Chicana and Chicano Studies
Assistant Professor: Youth Studies

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies seeks a Chicano/a-Latino/a Youth Studies specialist who can advance our strong focus on gender, borders, and social justice at the rank of assistant professor. We seek an intersectional and interdisciplinary scholar whose research concentrates on any of the following subject areas and intersects with at least one of our foci:  education, health, immigration, war, racialization, citizenship and rights discourse, political/social movements, youth cultures, sexuality, criminalization, childhood, and disability studies. The candidate should be prepared to teach general education and specialization courses and be able to address race/ethnicity, culture(s), subjectivities, problems and risks, hopes and aspirations and what these look like from the positionality of youth. An earned doctorate in any humanities or social science field is required and a Chicano/a or Ethnic Studies Ph.D. is preferred.

For more details, please visit https://listserv.gmu.edu/cgi-bin/wa.

Job opening: Lecturer including political anthropology

Lecturer position at UC Riverside

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California Riverside, invites applications for one full-time lecturer in cultural anthropology with potential for security of employment (PSOE). Appointment as a lecturer with PSOE requires evidence of outstanding teaching, professional achievement, and service to the academic community and/or public. A lecturer with PSOE is a member of the academic senate and will be expected to teach six quarter classes per year. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrated commitment to high-quality and innovative teaching, and must have a Ph.D. by the start of appointment on June 30, 2016. We are particularly interested in candidates with a proven record of teaching excellence beyond any experience they may have as teaching assistants. Research topics and regions are open; preference will be given to candidates who can teach Political Anthropology.

Review of the applications will begin April 18, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

Full details are available at https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00559

Derick A. Fay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside, USA

Job announcement: Environmental policy

Apologies for cross-posting but this open-discipline position
may be of particular interest to anth-of-policy people.

The University of Central Florida is seeking applicants for an Associate/Full Professor position in environmental policy and coastal political geography. The candidate must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in political science, geography, or a related discipline, such as ecological policy/political geography or environmental anthropology/sociology.  Applicants should have expertise in public policy related to coastal environments and infrastructure planning, and should have experience in interdisciplinary, environmental social science with a focus on public policy and coastal ecology. The coastal focus is part of an interdisciplinary cluster that addresses the coastal zone as a single integrated ecological-social-economic system. The candidate will have a record of scholarly accomplishments, including evidence of research development, external research funding, and a strong teaching record with the ability to teach and mentor students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Full position details are at:  https://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/43506 (and are included below)

Background on the coastal cluster is at: http://www.ucf.edu/research/coastalsystems

Warning: The review of applications is now already beginning but will remain open until the position is filled.

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Catch-up postings: Publications, jobs, conferences

The following is a collation of postings, mostly from the
Denver AAA meeting. There will be additional detail
over the coming weeks on some of them.

The second volume in Stanford’s Anthropology of Policy series has now been released: Navigating Austerity: Currents of Debt along a South Asian River by Laura Bear. Details are at http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=23635

Rebecca Warne Peters’ review of a previous ASAP roundtable on anthropology’s contribution to training in the policy sciences has now been published in PoLAR (38[2]: 356-364). It is available through AnthroSource and we are trying to obtain rights to post it directly on the ASAP web site since it has a very useful range of views on the topic.

EPIC conference: The 2016 meeting of EPIC will be held in Minneapolis from August 29 to September 1 in Minneapolis. EPIC is the premiere organization focusing on ethnography in business and thus is of particular relevance to the anthropology of policy. Information will be posted soon at https://www.epicpeople.org/epic2016. Note that ASAP would be very interested in having some kind of conference report from this event to share with members.

IUAES conference: The three ASAP sessions at the International Union of Anthropology and Ethnological Sciences (next May in Dubrovnik, Croatia) have been formally approved. Additional paper submissions are possible. A separate note on that will go out in a week or so but general conference information is at http://iuaes2016.com.

Job posting: The University of Michigan-Flint has a tenure track opening in anthropology which seems broad enough in focus to accommodate anth-of-policy approaches. Full information is at http://umjobs.org/job_detail/118163

Jobs in general:  Marietta Baba has pointed out that the  Department of Labor website for career and employment searches may be helpful to graduate students since several AAA members have contributed to its approach to anthropology. The website is:  http://www.doleta.gov/programs/onet

Refugees: Given the interest in refugees at the Denver meeting, note that: (1) ASAP alone and in combination with SUNTA will have sessions on the topic at the next AAA meeting in Minneapolis; more details on the way in December. (2) The next meeting of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) will be held on July 12-15, 2016 in Poznan, Poland (see details at http://iasfm.org/iasfm16/call-for-papers/). Submission deadline is February 1, 2016. (3) Co-president elect David Haines’ Thanksgiving reflection on the American experience with refugees has just been released by the American Immigration Council (http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/perspectives/refugee-experience-united-states).

A full report on ASAP activities at the Denver AAA meeting will appear in Anthropology News early in 2016.

Questions or comments on this posting to: [email protected]