Through the Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative, Washington University in St. Louis aims to build a world-class research program on race. Two previous rounds of this cluster hire initiative took place in 2020-21 and 2021-22. This Initiative is funded by the Office of the Provost.  It is supported by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity (CRE2), which was founded in 2019 and launched in 2020 to catalyze research, learning, and community at Washington University.  Faculty hired through the Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire Initiative are encouraged to become affiliates of CRE2.

We invite applications for tenured/tenure-track faculty positions across a range of fields, with a focus on the study of race and ethnicity.  Candidates must have a PhD or other terminal degree in a field related to one or more of the units listed above, or else complete all degree requirements by July 1, 2023. Candidates must have an active and innovative research agenda focused on race and/or ethnicity and a commitment to excellent teaching. Candidates for the rank of associate or full professor should have an outstanding teaching, service, and publication record commensurate with tenure at that rank.  

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at Washington University in St. Louis. Strong candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive. Washington University especially encourages applications from women and members of minoritized groups.  

Applications should be received by October 3,  2022, to ensure full consideration. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae by this date.  Additional materials may be requested upon initial review of applications, including a statement of research and teaching interests, a statement describing your commitment to and experiences with advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and service, names and contact information for three references, and two writing samples.  These supporting documents should not be submitted at this time, however.  Applications may be submitted electronically via Interfolio.  Applicants to the School of Law should apply using this link.

If applicants have questions about the application process, they should contact Professor David Cunningham at

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

List of Participating Departments & Schools

The Brown School
We are seeking an outstanding scholar who focuses on the relationship between social and economic justice, environmental health, and climate change to fill a new tenure-track faculty position (open rank). Applicants should demonstrate a deep commitment to working with historically excluded communities (e.g., African American, Latine/x, Indigenous communities) to achieve justice by addressing environment, climate and sustainability issues and their social and health impact locally and/or around the globe. Potential fields of expertise include public health, social work or social policy since the Brown School is an interdisciplinary school with degree programs in each of these fields. In addition to being part of the Race and Ethnicity Cluster Hire, the scholar will be part of both a new university-wide initiative to increase attention to climate change, environmental health and justice, and will also address a primary goal of the Brown School’s strategic plan, Driving Equity 2030.
Department of History, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking an assistant professor in the history of race, ethnicity, and migration in either the 20th-century United States or modern Europe. Preferred areas of expertise include comparative race and ethnic studies, comparative migration studies, and/or public history. Successful candidates will join a growing community of faculty interested in related fields, including scholars working in African-American history and Black diasporas as well as anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. Please see for more information about the department. 

College of Art – Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
We are seeking an assistant professor of design whose critically aware, socially-oriented creative practice and/or scholarship examines race and racism. This candidate should collaborate with other experts and industries, using design to advance equity and empowerment. Potential areas of expertise could include design research, graphic design, social design, product design, UI/UX, typography, editorial or book design, motion graphics, or data visualization. The successful candidate’s research will critically investigate implicit bias and its role in exacerbating inequalities. This candidate’s work should encourage evolved contemporary design pedagogies that prioritize transparency, equity, and agency. In addition to their research, our new colleague will contribute to the undergraduate BFA curriculum in design and play an integral role in the growth of a new graduate program in Design Futures. 
Department of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking an outstanding scholar at the assistant professor level whose research focuses on Race and Ethnicity in the Middle East. The position has been created to broaden both the university’s approach to race and ethnicity, and the department’s scope. We are seeking an excellent scholar who engages race, structural racism, and racial disparities and inequities. The successful candidate will complement the interdisciplinary nature of the department with strong disciplinary (or multi-disciplinary) training, native or near-native fluency in at least one language of the Middle East, passion for teaching, and a commitment to forging alliances within the department, university, and the larger community. Visit our department website for more information.

College of Architecture – Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art
We are seeking an architect and educator, with a strong design practice and promise of successful studio teaching at the university level, whose work focuses on race and/or ethnicity scholarship. Successful candidates for this assistant professor in architecture position will advance research in this area and address topics of socially engaged practice in the design studio. Applicants should have a PhD., MArch, or terminal degree(s) in the appropriate area(s) of study, significant scholarly and/or practice accomplishments, and a dedication to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. The faculty seeks a dynamic candidate committed to innovative thinking and collaboration within the multidisciplinary teaching and research context of Washington University in St. Louis and to advancing broad conversations of equity in the natural and built environment. The assistant professor will teach a typical load equivalent to four courses per academic year including studio and seminar courses.
Department of Music, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking an assistant professor of musicology (broadly defined) who conducts innovative scholarship on issues of music, race, and ethnicity. Our search is not limited to a specific historical period or musical tradition. Rather, we seek an outstanding scholar whose work addresses race, power, and (in)justice in geographic and cultural areas that complement and/or expand upon those already covered by our faculty. This position may build upon our strong relationships with such units as African and African American Studies, American Culture Studies, and Performing Arts, or could forge entirely new connections to other units. This hire is intended to enhance our department’s already strong profile in the study of music’s relationship to race and ethnicity in global contexts. Please see for more information about our faculty and the Department of Music.      

Department of African and African American Studies, Arts & Sciences
We invite applications from scholars whose research focuses on Africa or the Black Diaspora outside of the U.S.  This is an open-rank tenured/tenure-track position. Candidates should demonstrate how their research, teaching, and mentoring of students will contribute to our undergraduate and future graduate programs and expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) Black sexuality, gender, feminisms, and/or health; (2) Black geographies, migration and/or the environment; and (3) African/Black Diaspora Studies. The non-U.S. regional focus is open, but we are keen on Southern Africa, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latin America, and Black South Pacific. AFAS is an interdisciplinary department, and we invite applicants from all disciplines and fields of study.  Please see for more information about AFAS.

Department of Political Science, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track or tenured appointment in the area of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. The position is open with respect to rank and subfield. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research focuses on race, ethnicity, and political mobilization (including, but not limited to voting); structural racial and ethnic inequalities; racial and ethnic disparities in public health, education, and other public goods; racial and ethnic bias in immigration and law enforcement; racial and ethnic violence; urban politics; and related topics. Scholars whose research focuses on the U.S. as well as non-U.S. contexts are all encouraged to apply. The Department of Political Science at Washington University is a vibrant intellectual community, widely recognized for its strengths in theory, methods, and the rigorous combination of the two. More information about the department is available at
Department of Economics, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking an applied microeconomist or econometrician whose research addresses questions related to race and ethnicity. Specific fields include, but are not limited to, racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination, policing, law and economics, education, health, labor, compensation and equity, poverty, migration, and environmental justice. The Department seeks candidates at the rank of assistant or associate professor. Candidates who wish to pursue joint appointments with other departments are encouraged to apply. More information about the department is available at
Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking an assistant professor who focuses on race, ethnicity, or indigeneity in the study of gender and health or trans* studies. Applicants should be able to teach core classes in the department’s curriculum. We are particularly interested in applicants who have received doctoral degrees from interdisciplinary programs. Please consult our website to learn more about the department.

Department of Education/Department of African and African American Studies, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking a jointly-appointed professor (open-rank) in Education Policy Studies who utilizes quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to focus on problem-centered analyses of policy at federal, state, and/or local levels, race, equity, and social justice. Candidates will have well-defined, yet innovative scholarship in the study of education, schooling  (including initial pre-school environs, K-12, and higher education), and race that intersect with one or more of the following areas: policy studies, public health, anthropology, history, political science, economics, law, sociology, geography, philosophy, information technologies, among others. Individuals with a research focus on STEM-related issues are particularly encouraged to apply.  A keen understanding and appreciation of the issues of achievement and the lived experiences of Black and other marginalized students and their families and communities are essential. The position’s interdisciplinarity is affirming, cross-cutting, and aligns with the University, Arts & Sciences, and Departments’ strategic plans to advance scholarship on race. Please see and for more information about the Departments of Education and African and African-American Studies
Olin Business School
We are seeking a researcher in finance or economics, whose work focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion and access in financial markets. This is an open-rank tenured/tenure-track position. We are especially interested in applications from senior faculty, at either the associate or full professor level. This scholar would play an important role in Olin’s Diversity Research Lab along the financial economics dimension. The Olin Diversity Research Lab supports scholars within Olin and across the University in supporting scholarly research in business disciplines along the lines of DEIA. This new scholar would join an established group of existing faculty studying household finance, financial markets, asset management, and corporate finance. Potential  areas of expertise for applicants include, but are not limited to, access to individual investments, such as home ownership, and access to capital for businesses. To learn more about the Olin Business School, please visit

Program in Film and Media Studies, Arts & Sciences
We welcome applications from scholars (and scholar-artists) of film and/or media at any rank who work on race and ethnicity. The Program in Film & Media Studies carries out research and hosts undergraduate and graduate degrees in the aesthetics, history, culture, and creation of media—including film, television, and digital media. Computational media (including social media, video games, artificial intelligence, and digital design) are a focus of our strategic growth and thus of particular interest.

Performing Arts Department/American Culture Studies, Arts & Sciences
We are seeking applications for an open-rank position in Latinx Performance with a focus on race end/or ethnicity to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will be home-based (75%) in Performing Arts with the remaining 25% of the appointment in American Culture Studies. While applications are not limited to those working in the following subfields, we are particularly interested in accomplished scholars or scholar-artists working in dance studies, writing for theater and performance, theater history, and performance studies. A terminal degree is required, as is a substantial record of publication or equivalent professional experience in practice-based research (for senior candidates) or evidence of comparable future activities (for junior candidates). Candidates whose work engages diasporic and/or hemispheric approaches; migration studies; and/or comparative or relational approaches to race/ethnicity in the U.S. (including candidates whose work intersects with Indigenous studies, Asian American studies, and Black studies) are also encouraged to apply.