Mellon Visiting Assistant Professorship in Feminist Arts & Sciences University of California, Davis



Mellon Visiting Assistant Professorship in Feminist Arts & Sciences University of California, Davis

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and Science and Technology Studies Program at UC Davis are pleased to announce a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship for 2017-2019, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We seek applicants engaged in interdisciplinary feminist research that focuses on democratic knowledge making in the arts and sciences. Projects that include an active component of community engaged research are preferred, but not required. International and transnational projects are also encouraged.

Our new three-year Mellon Research Initiative will begin the process of creating a Feminist Arts & Science Shop at UCD. Our initiative draws on the European model of science shops that provide space for communities to participate in the creation of scientific and technological research agendas. We build upon this work by including the arts and specifically orienting our research agendas towards social justice ends. The UCD Feminist Arts & Science Shop will encourage the development of new science-making and artistic and humanistic modes of inquiry by providing a designated platform to co-create new ways of thinking about democracy and knowledge making in a community-engaged way. The initiative is organized around three major themes: 1) Queer Bioethics; 2) Activists Arts and Science and Their Archives; and 3) Decolonizing Science Literacy. “Queer Bioethics” begins to think through and develop new, broader models of engagement with scientific and technological ethics. “Activist Arts and Sciences and Their Archives” is dedicated to unearthing past efforts and developing methodological practices to document how non-experts have engaged in scientific production and to integrate that knowledge within future scientific and artistic endeavors. “Decolonizing Science Literacy” focuses on the development of critical feminist science pedagogies.

We welcome candidates with specialties in feminist science and technology studies, critical health studies, queer and trans- studies, black studies, ethnic studies, indigenous studies, and critical art and design studies to apply. We will consider junior scholars, including recent PhDs and ABDs (the degree must be completed by July 1, 2017). The Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor will participate in the activities of the Mellon Research Initiative. Duties include: teaching three courses per year, serving as co-organizer of colloquia and other events involving faculty and graduate students, and actively assisting in the development and intellectual maintenance of the Feminist Arts & Science Shop.

The Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor will receive an annual stipend of $57,600, plus health benefits, research funding, and relocation funds.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV, sample syllabus for a graduate or undergraduate class, and contact information for three (3) references (we do NOT accept letters via Interfolio) through the online application form found at For full consideration applications must be received by February 23, 2017.

The position is open until filled. The University of California is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff.