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The Anthropology Department at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for the endowed Dhan Kaur Sahota Presidential Chair in Sikh Studies. The position is for an assistant or early associate professor tenure-track position, with an appointment date of July 1, 2018.

Applicants should have a strong record of research and teaching focused on Sikh communities in global contexts. Themes of special interest include: the role of Sikhs in civil society and government in India; Sikhs in science and medicine; Sikh movements outside of India; and sociolegal protections for Sikh and other minority groups in different settings. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Anthropology or a related field, a commitment to Sikh studies, and an understanding of the Sikh community. Applicants should be able to link their research and teaching in Sikh Studies to broader disciplinary and interdisciplinary conversations (in, for instance, the anthropology of religion, migration, or science).

UCI's Anthropology Department offers a B.A., M.A.s (in Anthropology and in Medicine, Science, Technology and Society) and Ph.D. degrees.

UCI is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of its academic community through research, teaching, service, and community involvement.

Application must include: curriculum vitae; cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest in the position; separate research, teaching, and diversity contribution statements; three letters with named references and contact information. Interested candidates can apply here: Applications completed by February 1, 2017, will be granted full consideration though the position will remain open until filled.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Job location

Irvine, CA


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  • 3 letters of reference required