Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship / Assistant Professor in Anthropology

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The Department of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in New York City seeks a faculty member to begin as a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years, followed by appointment to a position as Assistant Professor (tenure track). The expected start date is July 1, 2022.

The Anthropology Department is looking for a scholar whose work centers on race/indigeneity in relation to the environment, urban ecologies, and/or public health. The ideal candidate would reframe major contemporary concerns such as racial capitalism and climate change through the rich and burgeoning confluence of race and indigenous studies with a particular focus on environmental justice, theories of the future, and critical, indigenous, and/or abolitionist methodologies. The candidate’s work would contribute to both the department’s emphasis on fieldwork and experimentation in ethnographic writing and media.

This position is part of the new Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence at The New School. The goals of the initiative are to integrate a cohort of recent PhD graduates into the academic community at The New School by providing support, mentorship and participation in the Mellon Transformative Seminar – an interdisciplinary seminar bringing together members of the community representing diverse scholarship across The New School. The appointment begins with a two-year postdoctoral fellowship during which time faculty will develop robust research projects and professional networks, with the option to teach one course in their home department. After the two-year period, faculty will move directly into a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Anthropology. As such, they will teach five courses (or their equivalent) per year in an area of their expertise at the graduate and undergraduate level.

The appointee will also have the opportunity to work with myriad academic programs and initiatives across the university — including, for example, the Tishman Environment and Design Center and programs in the Parsons School of Design and the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment – which focus on environmental justice, climate change, and urban resilience.

Information about The New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College, and the Anthropology Department can be found at:

Benefits: Comprehensive University benefits package including health and retirement plans, as well as tuition remission. Visit:

The New School is committed to actively recruiting applicants from a diverse pool and we encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply. We recognize systemic barriers to higher education and employment and we aim to reduce barriers to careers in higher education through our required and preferred qualifications. We specifically invite applicants from communities who have been and continue to be marginalized from education in the social sciences.

The New School is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment that furthers equity, inclusion and social justice. We actively seek candidates whose experiences, teaching philosophies, and scholarly practice prepare them to expand and contribute to that commitment.

The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

To ensure consideration, completed applications should be received by November 15, 2021. Using The New School’s human resources website applicants must submit:

cover letter that includes a research agenda

Curriculum Vitae

writing sample (no more than 50 pages)

one-page description of courses the candidate would potentially like to teach.

names of three referees

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in Anthropology or a related field by the position start date (July 1, 2022).

All applicants must be within 4 years or less of having received the Ph.D.

A clear potential for a trajectory of excellence in scholarly research is required.

Excellent research design, organization, communication, and writing skills.

Capacity to work well with students from diverse backgrounds, identities, and levels of professional experience.

Commitment to collaborating across the University and with external partners.

Preferred Qualifications:

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