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Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Department of Anthropology jointly invite applications for a tenured, senior position (associate or full professor) in the sociocultural anthropology of the Middle East. We are looking for a scholar whose work addresses on one or more of the Watson Institute’s focal areas: security (including such topics as studies of violence, war, policing, militarization and military policy, and borders), development (including such issues as inequality, gender, humanitarianism, and the ethical dimensions of intervention), and governance (including, for example, ethnographic study of states, transnational governance, civil society, policy, social movements, NGOs, and human rights).

Of particular interest are applicants whose work is public or policy-facing, and matches the mission of the Watson Institute “to promote a just and peaceful world through research, teaching, and public engagement.” We seek a theoretically innovative scholar with demonstrated success conducting ethnographically grounded research and an exciting trajectory of future scholarship. The successful candidate must have an outstanding record of national and international scholarly achievement, a clear commitment to working in multidisciplinary environments, an established record of successful teaching and mentoring, and a willingness to play a leading role in the Watson Institute’s Middle East Studies program. The new faculty member will hold a joint appointment in both the Watson Institute and the Department of Anthropology.

Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Underrepresented minorities, women, and scholars from outside the United States are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references to via Interfolio @

Review of application will begin October 15, 2017

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