Search committees in African Studies at the University of Florida are looking to hire senior faculty for three positions, one in comparative politics/Africa and two in Public Health and Social Change in Africa.  See full posting below from Leonardo Villalón and Michael Bernhard.


Dear Colleagues:

We are jointly writing to you as the chairs of two search committees looking to hire senior faculty in African Studies at the University of Florida.  The first of these positions is a comparative politics/Africa position in the UF Department of Political Science.   The second committee seeks to fill two positions in the thematic area of “Public Health and Social Change in Africa,” as part of a package of preeminence hires at the university.   We seek to hire two senior scholars in Political Science, History, Anthropology, Sociology, or Geography.

We are looking to hire associate or full professors with active and highly visible research agendas, a history of fieldwork in Africa, and the ability to direct PhD dissertations.  With regard to the general position we are open to candidates with a broad range of interests in African Politics and a variety of research methods.  For the two positions in Public Health and Social Change we seek senior scholars who work on the impact of social change on public health, or vice versa.  Among the potential areas of interest could be the impact of disease, climate change, war or other forms of conflict, migration, natural disasters, globalization, state-building, or regime change on public health.  Similarly scholars looking at public health policy and how that has affected African development are also welcome.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to one of the nation’s leading Centers for African Studies, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center program.  The Center has over 100 affiliated teaching and research faculty in a wide variety of fields, across several colleges and departments spanning the width and breath of the sciences, professional schools, the social sciences and the humanities.  The hiring of three senior scholars in the field of African Studies represents a significant commitment by the University of Florida to maintain a position of leadership in the study of Africa globally and in the United States.

If you are interested in learning more about the jobs please feel free to contact us for further information.  Additionally, if you would please circulate our letter and the attached ads to colleagues whom you think might be interested, we would be appreciative.

Comparative Politics/Africa (rank open):

Public Health and Social Change in Africa (Aso/Full Prof):



Leonardo Villalón

Dean of the International Center and Professor of Political Science


Michael Bernhard

Ehrlich Professor of Political Science



Department of Political Science University of Florida

PO Box 117325 Anderson Hall

Gainesville, FL 32611

tel: 352.273.2387 fax: 352.392.8127