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Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Religious Diversity at the Haas Institute

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a non-tenured appointment to the faculty at the Assistant Professor level, with an expected start date of July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be appointed to one or more Departments at Berkeley (depending on the candidate’s background) in affiliation with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. The candidate will be expected to participate in the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute and collaborate with the Chair to provide guidance and academic leadership in the field.

The goal of the Religious Diversity Cluster of the Haas Institute is to study the ways that religious diversity affects inclusiveness, fairness, tolerance, and other aspects of social cohesiveness, health, and well-being. The University seeks applications from those who study the nature and sources of religious diversity and the implications of this diversity for the economy, society, and polity. Illustrative areas of concern include but are not limited to the following:

  • Political, sociological, legal, economic, or historical studies of the impacts of religious diversity on social and political conditions; how social institutions create or inhibit religious diversity and how religious diversity affects social institutions and religious tolerance and inclusiveness.
  • Anthropological, demographic, geographic, historical, humanistic, or sociological explorations of the diversity of religious doctrines, meanings, practices, and membership; comparisons of diversity across places, times, and cultures.
  • Psychological, cognitive, social, linguistic, or neurophysiological studies of the sources of diverse religious feelings, beliefs, and identities and of the determinants of tolerance (or intolerance) for this religious diversity.

The University encourages applications from social and behavioral scientists, humanist and historical scholars of religion, and cognitive scientists with a strong interest in the causes and consequences of religious diversity. The University also encourages applications from international area studies scholars with regional expertise on issues of religious diversity.


Open date: November 3, 2017

Review date: November 15, 2017

Final date: December 4th, 2017 
Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2017; early applications are encouraged, but all complete applications received by the final date will receive full consideration.

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