UNC-Chapel Hill: 1-Year Cultural Medical Anthropology Instructor Position, 2014-2015

The Department of Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill is seeking to hire a 1-year replacement Instructor in cultural medical anthropology. We seek a dynamic teacher whose research focuses on anthropological analyses of biomedicine, including topics such as: new biomedical technologies and ontologies of the body; disability and care-giving; infectious disease in political-economic and cultural contexts; epidemics and the politics of biosecurity; medical research and clinical trials; transplant; end-of-life care; and drug use/rehabilitation technologies. Scholars working on questions related to the intersections of biomedicines and other medical systems, including epistemologies of medical pluralism, the politics of bio-prospecting, and the circulation of pharmaceuticals, are also of interest.


Likely courses for the fall semester include: 1)Body and Subject, an upper level course examining the body and embodiment in anthropological perspective; and 2)Living Medicine, an introductory-level course examining the various dimensions of biomedicine as work, knowledge, industry, and identity. Likely courses for the spring semester include 1)Medicine and Anthropology, an upper level undergraduate course examining anthropology’s approach to the study of biomedicine; and 2)Anthropological Approaches to Disability, an upper level undergraduate course examining anthropology’s approach to the cultural analysis of disability, or alternatively, a course agreed upon in discussion with the department. Consideration will be given to a candidate’s proposal to teach a course on their own research interests, provided the course fits department needs.


We are also looking for a colleague who will be actively engaged in our Moral Economies of Medicine Working Group.


Salary range for the one-year position is $38,000 – 43,000 according to experience.  The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.  Applications are particularly encouraged from women and minority scholars.


Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2014.  Please upload a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three references through the following link: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/43184


Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Jocelyn Chua (jlchua@email.unc.edu).