Mellon Visiting Assistant Professorship in Indian Ocean Worlds, University of California, Davis

The UC Davis Anthropology Department is pleased to announce a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2015-2017 in Indian Ocean Worlds supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We welcome new or recent Ph.D scholars with innovative and fresh perspectives for reimagining contemporary Indian Ocean worlds.  Degree must be completed by the first day of courses, September 24, 2015.  

The Visiting Assistant professorship is associated with a three year Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds Mellon Research Initiative at UC Davis (2015-2018) that is aimed at producing multi-year interest and capacity for rethinking the scope of emerging Indian Ocean Studies.  Its goal is to formulate new directions for the field with an emphasis on the contemporary, place-making, new networks, quotidian practices, materialities, and relationalities in and among Indian Ocean cultures and societies. This emphasis on contemporary places, networks and practices enables a wider vision of what constitutes the Indian Ocean and allows explorations of new ethnographic and humanities methodologies in addition to historical archives or texts.  We welcome applicants from any field in the humanities and social sciences, including interdisciplinary fields, with these orientations and interests.

The Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor will participate in the activities of the Mellon Research Initiative. Duties include teaching three courses per year (some combination of graduate seminar and undergraduate courses) and helping to organize symposiums, conference, and other events involving faculty and graduate students.  The appointment will be housed in an appropriate department or program in the social sciences or humanities in accordance with the background of the successful applicant (which may be Anthropology, African Studies, South Asia studies, Middle East studies, Ethnomusicology, Literature, Linguistics, Geography, Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, among others).

The Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor will receive an annual stipend of $55,000, plus health benefits, research funding, and relocation funds.

To apply, please send a letter of interest to Search Co-Chairs Smriti Srinivas and Bettina Ngweno as well as your curriculum vita, one writing sample, and three (3) references through the online application form found at For full consideration applications must be received by February 20, 2015. The position is open until filled. 

The University of California is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.