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About The American University in Cairo:

The American University in Cairo (AUC) has a rich legacy that dates back 100 years. Founded in 1919 as an English-language university based on high standards of conduct and scholarship, AUC remains a vibrant institution that contributes to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. AUC emphasizes a liberal arts education, with all undergraduate students studying a common set of courses in the humanities and the natural and social sciences as part of the University’s Core Curriculum. Ranked as one of the top 30 best universities in the Arab region by U.S. News and World Report, AUC is proud to have programs in the arts and humanities; business, management, and accounting; and social sciences that rank in the top ten in the region. Located in one of the most interesting and important cities in the world – at the nexus of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and the center of events of the Arab world – AUC’s academic programs draw on the city of Cairo as an extension of the classroom, integrating it into the curriculum and allowing students to be actively engaged in the society and world around them. As a chartered and accredited university in the United States and Egypt, AUC creates opportunities for diverse students, serves as the fountainhead of arts and culture, and further advances a global exchange that brings the world to Egypt and Egypt to the world.

Job Description:

The Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology (SEA) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is seeking to recruit an Assistant Professor of Anthropology for a four-year contract beginning Fall 2021.  The teaching load is three courses per semester. Areas of expertise are open, however candidates with specializations in the study of rural lives, infrastructure, film and visual anthropology and the anthropology of science are particularly encouraged to apply as are those with a focus on South Asia and the Middle East.


A PhD in Cultural Anthropology or Social Anthropology and a demonstrable ability to teach a broad range of subjects within the discipline to both undergraduate and graduate students. An active research and publication agenda, and a readiness to undertake service to the program, department and university.

Additional Information:

Priority will be given to applications that are submitted by December 20, 2020. Formal interviews will be held in January 2021.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system:

(a) an updated CV; (b) a letter of interest detailing research and teaching experience; (c) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); (d) names and contact information for at least three references familiar with the candidate’s academic professional background; (e) one-page statement on teaching goals and philosophy, including courses that the candidate would like to teach/develop; (f) one-page statement on the candidate’s research agenda and (g) a writing sample or publication. Letters of reference may be sent directly by the referees to  Inquiries can be submitted through the on-line application system or by e-mail at





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