Anthropology and Social Change Program (ANTH) Half–Time Core Assistant Professor

Job Title: Anthropology and Social Change Program (ANTH) Half–Time Core Assistant Professor
Department: Anthropology and Social Change Program (ANTH)
Starting Date: August 2014
Status: This position will be opened until filled


The focus of the Anthropology and Social Change program is on exploring counter-hegemonic alternatives, postcapitalist cultures, and prefigurative practices. This program offers the space and the possibility to engage with many traditions of radical scholarship and emancipatory social science. We believe that anthropology should analyze, imagine, and explore the possible; that anthropologists should describe alternative institutional structures; that anthropologists need to reflect and debate the dilemmas of activist approach to ethnography. The collective effort of understanding alternative visions of possible futures takes the form of analytic and ethnographic study of real historical alternatives in the present. This, in turn, requires a serious engagement with communities of struggle involved in the production of alternatives.


CIIS is seeking candidates for one half-time core Assistant Professor position in Anthropology and Social Change, with a PhD in the field of anthropology, to begin August 2014. This position includes responsibilities for teaching 9 units per year of graduate-level courses in Anthropology and Social Change, advising students, university service, committee work, and professional contributions as needed. Scholarship should have an explicit social justice focus.

Successful candidates' scholarship and teaching interests will focus on one or more of the following:

  • militant anthropology and activist ethnography;
  • food justice and food sovereignty;
  • climate justice and environmental politics;
  • critical urbanism, study of space and place;
  • contemporary social movements;
  • prefigurative politics, alternative political cultures, contemporary global mass assembly movements, and counter-hegemonic globalization;
  • globalization, migration, and labor;
  • care work, reproductive labor, and the commons;
  • contemporary critical theory; anarchist and historical materialist theory.


Successful candidates will be expected to have completed their PhD in anthropology at the time of appointment and to show evidence of effective teaching and a scholarly record.

Participatory approach to teaching, and especially a commitment to collaboration is required.


Please submit the following items to,
Attention Andrej Grubacic, Chair and Associate Professor
Please submit everything in PDF format, if possible.

  1. Cover letter, CV,
  2. One-page statement of research interests
  3. One-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  4. Writing sample
  5. Letters from three professional references

If you wish to mail your application with all the required materials, you may send them to the following address:

Andrej Grubacic
Chair and Associate Professor
Anthropology and Social Change
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA. 94103