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The Department of Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for one tenure-track assistant/tenured associate faculty position in CLS whose research, teaching and service contribute to UCI’s Black Thriving Initiative and Faculty Cluster Hiring in Poetic Justice. We are interested in candidates whose research demonstrates expertise in: 1) examining how surveillance, mass incarceration and/or other forms of punitive regulation have impacted and/or been challenged by Black communities; and 2) utilizing research methods that engage with experiences of system-impacted groups, including Black and other marginalized communities. We have a particular interest in candidates who collaborate with public-facing institutions (e.g., libraries, museums, and community-based organizations) to expand data and research accessibility to support social justice movements. CLS is an interdisciplinary department with faculty trained in criminology, law and society, anthropology, history, ethnic studies, sociology, and economics, among other disciplines.

At every crucial juncture in our nation’s history, Black authors, artists and other creative workers have produced new narratives, images and social practices that challenge systemic anti-Black racism and affirm Black life and humanity. This position is part of a BTI Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative on Poetic Justice. Leveraging campus-level cultural infrastructure, including the Langson Libraries and Institute and Museum of California Art, the Poetic Justice initiative is a collaboration between the Departments of African American Studies and Comparative Literature in the School of Humanities; the Department of Art in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts; the Paul Merage School of Business; and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society in the School of Social Ecology. Faculty hired as part of the cluster will develop the Poetic Justice initiative, including innovating how we study the racial effects of slavery, segregation and mass incarceration, and leading community-based activities that support the economic and cultural well-being of Black communities in Southern California and beyond.

Launched in 2020 during the racial reckoning, the UCI Black Thriving Initiative mobilizes the entire university to transform UCI into the nation’s foremost destination for Black people to thrive as students, faculty, staff, and communities served by the university. To this end, it consists of three action platforms that seek to inform choices, decisions, and priorities as a great public research university. These are: change the culture, leverage the mission, and engage with communities. A major feature of BTI involves advancing understanding about the multifaceted Black experience and drivers of well-being in support of Black communities.

The associated faculty cluster hiring program builds on and expands our shared values of diversity, equity and inclusion and commitment to social justice. Selected from a multi-year competition, the three BTI hiring clusters reflect the power and promise of interdisciplinary collaboration. They are: Environmental Health Disparities, Infrastructure Equity, and Poetic Justice. To accelerate and elevate the impact of the research, teaching, and service of participating and affiliated faculty, each cluster will receive dedicated programming support for three years. For more information, consult the BTI website:

To ensure your application is given full consideration, files should be completed by October 1, 2023. Priority will be given to applications received by that date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. by the position start date. The position will begin July 1, 2024 (teaching duties will begin Fall 2024). Applications must be uploaded electronically through the on-line Recruit system

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence. All individuals who participate in university programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of all forms of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation





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