Call for Applications: Full Professor in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Faculty Position, Rank of Professor

Department of Political Science

“Black Studies: Mobility, Place-Making, and Power” Cluster

Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Initiative

The Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, seeks to fill a full-time tenured position at the rank of Professor in the area of race, ethnicity, and politics. This position will form part of the Faculty of Arts’ “Black Studies: Mobility, Place-Making, and Power” cluster under UBC’s Black Faculty Cohort Hiring Initiative. We seek to hire a scholar who conducts research and teaching on the politics of race and ethnicity in North America and Europe, including on the ways in which racial identities and racial hierarchies shape politics; the structural causes and political consequences of racism, racial inequalities, and racialized policies, particularly as they affect Black citizens; the intersection between racial politics and the politics of migration; and political struggles and policy measures aimed at countering anti-Black racism, dismantling racialized hierarchies, and combating racial discrimination.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and be an outstanding researcher whose record demonstrates the following: significant scholarly impact internationally; success securing research funding; a record of experience with collaboration and/or institution-building; a strong record of attracting and supervising graduate students; and excellence in teaching all levels of students.

Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this search will be restricted to qualified Black scholars. We welcome applications from Black scholars who may also identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit) Peoples, multi-racial persons, persons with disabilities, women, and/or members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Candidates are invited to self-identify through the Applicant Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. Applicants who wish to be considered for this initiative must self-identify as ‘Black’ to be considered eligible. Applicants may choose to self-identify in their application cover letter and/or in their EDID statement. All information collected by UBC will remain confidential, and any reported data will be shared in aggregate form with the Search Committee chair to track intersectional diversity and support an equitable and meritorious search process.

Interested applicants must submit all of the following documents by December 16, 2023 at

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a description of current and future research interests (maximum 2 pages);
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, interests and accomplishments (maximum 2 pages);
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., summaries of teaching evaluations (official preferred), peer reviews of teaching, sample course materials);
  • UBC aspires to promote inclusive excellence by supporting and recognizing efforts to advance equity, diversity and inclusion as well as decolonization (EDID) through the academic and research ecosystem. Please provide a brief (1-2 page) statement describing your current and future commitments or interests related to EDID. Your comments may relate to lived/living experience, professional work or practice, academic and research activities, and/or community-engagement.
  • one writing sample, either published or unpublished.

In addition, applicants should include with their cover letter the names and contact information for three referees from whom confidential signed letters of recommendation may be requested at a later stage.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. The expected pay range for this position is $15,833 – $17,500/month. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority for the position. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen. Applicants need not identify country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

  •       Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  •       No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

UBC is committed to supporting candidates within dual career households. Inquiries about spousal/partner employment may be directed to the Office of the Provost & Vice President Academic at

The University is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible work environment for all members of its workforce. We will make efforts to create an accessible hiring process for all candidates (including but not limited to people with disabilities). Confidential accommodations are available on request by contacting the Political Science Department Administrator, Téa Tankurt, at If you have any questions regarding accommodations or accessibility during UBC’s recruitment and hiring processes or require more information and support, please visit UBC’s Center For Workplace Accessibility website or contact the Centre at

UBC is committed to meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples and embraces equity and diversity as integral to our academic mission. Equity and diversity are essential to academic and creative excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We especially encourage applications from members of groups that have historically been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Any inquiries may be sent to the Head of Department, Professor Alan Jacobs, at