Lecturer in Social Science/Humanities
New York University London
United States


Position Description

NYU London is currently recruiting for a part-time lecturer to teach Britain and/in the Black Atlantic, one of a trio of courses offered simultaneously at NYU New York (The Americas and/in the Black Atlantic) and NYU Accra (Ghana and/in the Black Atlantic).  These courses fall within the "Cultures and Contexts" section of 

the Core Curriculum of NYU's College of Arts and Science which provides a foundational academic experience of general education in the liberal arts for undergraduates at NYU.

Teaching commences in the 2021 autumn term; classes begin on 2 September and conclude on 14 December.  

Lecturers should be prepared to teach in-person, but classes will run remotely if COVID-19 conditions dictate. NYU uses Zoom as its primary platform for online instruction.

Important Note: It is envisaged that class sessions for this course will join synchronously at points throughout the semester with those in its linked courses in New York and Accra, already time-tabled as follows: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 pm-3:45 pm (GMT).  Please do not apply unless this time-frame works with your schedule.

Course Description: 

This course offers the exciting opportunity to develop and teach a syllabus to run in tandem with those offered in New York and Accra, but which uses Britain as its entry point to an investigation and analysis of the Black Atlantic.  

Introducing students to the history of an aspect of the African Diaspora and to its cultural, economic, and oppositional consequences, this course is intended to explore the Black Atlantic as a socio-cultural and economic space from the fifteenth-century arrival of Africans in the "New World," through the rise of slavery in the Americas, continuing to slave emancipation and decolonization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and concluding with contemporary black life in the Atlantic world.   

It differs from a history of the African Diaspora—which would be concerned primarily with mapping the dispersals of African and African descendent peoples throughout the world—in that its primary concerns, and those of its two linked courses, are the particular relationship between Africa, Europe, and the Americas and the various ideological, political, and cultural consequences of that relationship as it circles back, forth, and around the Atlantic Ocean.  

It is envisaged that readings for this course will be drawn from a range of academic disciplines including History, Economics, Anthropology, Literature, and Philosophy.  Organised both chronologically and geographically, the course should introduce students to important moments and sites in the history of the Black Atlantic, and leave them with an understanding of the overlapping phenomena that comprise it—modern economies, race, cultural practices, religious beliefs, and the mobilizing of power both to construct and oppose racial and economic hierarchies.  Students should also leave the course with an ability to identify the ways in which different disciplines approach the task of meaning-making, and an understanding of how to write and read critically and analytically in an historical mode.  There will be the opportunity to structure the assessments for this course in a variety of ways -- to include, for instance, forum posts, response papers, and a participation grade, plus more formal essay projects and midterm and final examinations.

Expectation of Hours: 

The semester is 15 weeks (14 weeks of teaching plus an exam week) and there are 2.5 hours of classroom instruction each week offered across 2 days (75 min. each). In addition to the time required for course preparation, classroom instruction, and marking, the instructor is required to hold a minimum of one set 60-minute “office hour” at NYU London per week, during which time the instructor will be available to meet with students.

About NYU and NYU London:

Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University has degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai and operates 11 global academic centers and research programs in more than 25 countries. NYU London is an undergraduate study abroad program of exceptional quality with teaching strengths across the curriculum. Our UK faculty, drawn mainly from local universities, has an excellent record in teaching and research. Classes are held at the NYU London centre at 4-6 Bedford Square, WC1. If you would like to learn more about our program please visit NYU London.


Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field. It is expected that the post-holder will ideally have 2 to 3 years of experience teaching at the university level; experience teaching American undergraduates is helpful.

The successful candidate should have the right to live and work in the UK prior to appointment.

Application Instructions

All applications must be made online through Interfolio ByCommittee at http://apply.interfolio.com/83627. If you are new to using Interfolio Faculty Search you may find the following guide useful: Job Applicant's Guide to Interfolio Faculty Search. 

Applications, in the form of a C.V. and covering letter, should arrive by 8th March 2021.

Competitive salary. Terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful applicant. The successful candidate should have the right to live and work in the UK prior to appointment.

Informal queries about the role can be directed to Dr. Amy Rowe at amy.rowe@nyu.edu  

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