Assistant/Associate Professor in Environmental Racism and Justice, Black Studies

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA, USA 🇺🇸


Open date: May 12th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Aug 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Oct 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Black Studies ( at the University of California Santa Barbara enthusiastically announces a hiring initiative over the next two years. As part of this cluster initiative, we invite applications for a faculty appointment in Environmental Racism and Justice at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022.

We welcome applicants from all fields in the Social Sciences and humanistic social sciences, including African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Economics, Education, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Urban Planning, and related areas of study. Scholars in STEM fields aligned with Black Studies are also encouraged to apply.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position. Those with publications in peer reviewed journals and academic presses, distinction in higher education teaching and a demonstrated commitment to departmental service will receive priority. The candidate’s orientation to teaching and research should correspond with the Black Studies Department’s universal investment in social justice.

We are interested in hiring a colleague with a research trajectory that investigates how one or more of the many dimensions of environmental racism and justice impacts the lives of African diaspora peoples.

Specific areas of expertise may cover a wide range of topics, such as:
• Urban planning: housing discrimination, inner-cities, white flight, gentrification
• Transnational approaches: international waste disposal, North-South global alliances
• Reproductive justice, fertility, stress and life expectancy studies
• Pollution: Air, water, noise and toxic facilities
• Women, children and LGBTQ2+ individuals and environmental discrimination
• Migrant, displaced and refugee populations and the environment
• Climate crises and natural disasters; social and racial inequalities
• Fair and reparative distribution of environmental resources
• Equitable land distribution and reform
• Theories of the environment, justice and race
• Environmental policy, lawsuits and activism
• Sustainable agriculture: organic farming, community gardens, food studies
• Health crises, disparities and inequalities

Application materials must be submitted online. A cover letter highlighting qualifications, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching, relevant teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, a writing sample of no more than thirty pages, statement of contributions to diversity, and three letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the appropriate sections of the application website:

Questions should be directed to the Department of Black Studies Department Chair, Ingrid Banks, at [email protected].

Ph.D. required at the time of application. For primary consideration, all application materials must be received by August 30, 2021. Applications received by August 30, 2021 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected Veterans status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter – Highlighting qualifications
  • Teaching Evaluations – Relevant Teaching Evaluations
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Sample Syllabi
  • Writing Sample – No more than 30 pages
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity

Reference requirements

  • 3-4 letters of reference required


Santa Barbara, California