Archaeology of Liberation Position Announced

The Cornell University Department of Anthropology invites applications for an assistant or associate professor in the archaeology of liberation, its promises, possibilities, intricacies and illusions. We seek an archaeologist whose practice includes engaged, collaborative approaches that seek to contribute to public and descendant community engagement with the past and our collective imagination of a just future. Research interests might include, but are not limited to, archaeologies of exploitation and emancipation, the materiality of colonization and anti-colonial movements, heritage and its contestations, Indigenous survivance and resurgence, archaeological landscapes of violence, racialization, and resistance, and reparative engagements with material collections. Geographical area and technical specialization are open. The department is particularly interested in scholars who embrace its commitment to multimodal, collaborative, and community-based approaches to research and pedagogy.

This search is being undertaken under the auspices of CIVIC (Critical Inquiry into Values, Imagination, and Culture), the Provost’s Taskforce for Radical Collaboration in the Arts and Humanities. The successful candidate will contribute to CIVIC’s “Humanities and Public Life” focus, a multi-disciplinary initiative to bring humanistic approaches to bear on pressing questions of democracy, representation, expression, individuality, difference, citizenship, and inequality. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to CIAMS’s commitment to public engagement in the practice of archaeological research.

Interested applicants should have a PhD prior to the appointment start date and should upload the following materials to

Cover letter
Curriculum Vitae
Diversity and Inclusion statement (
Three references (actual letters acceptable but not required, just names and email addresses )
The deadline for submission of applications is October 15, 2022.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

Further Information:

Email Margaret Rolfe at with any questions.

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