Open Rank Position in Religion and Race in America
Religious Studies, Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
October 15, 2020
Post date: September 14, 2020

The Religious Studies Department at Stanford invites applications for an open rank, tenure track position in American Religions with a focus on race and inequality. 

This search is part of a university-wide initiative in which Stanford seeks to hire as many as 10 strong researchers and scholars who study the significance of race in American society, including the nature and persistence of racial inequality and its consequences. Stanford seeks to support, deepen, and enhance the important research and teaching in these areas long underway on our campus. Appointments may be made in the following schools and departments: Stanford Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the following departments within the School of Humanities and Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies. Rank is open, although a majority of the appointments are expected to be made at the assistant professor level. At the senior level, we are particularly interested in candidates with an active program of research in progress and in established scholars who have outstanding records of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches in the broad areas of their discipline. A strong commitment to excellent teaching is essential.

Area of specialization, including disciplinary approach, chronological focus, and religious traditions studied, is open, though the Religious Studies Department is particularly interested in applications from scholars with expertise in one or more of the following areas: African American, Afro-Caribbean, and/or African diaspora religions; Indigenous and Native religions; and decolonial and critical race theory. The successful candidate will also contribute to the interdisciplinary American Religions in a Global Context initiative (

Application Instructions 

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and will continue until all of the positions are filled. Candidates are invited to apply online at, with a cover letter describing academic background and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, samples of recent scholarship, and a research statement of no more than three pages. Applicants for a non-tenured position should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted directly online by October 15, 2020.

Questions about the Religious Studies search may be directed to Kathryn Gin Lum at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Review Begins: 
October 15, 2020

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