Endowed Chairs in Race, Racism and Racial Justice
Bowdoin College is seeking distinguished faculty scholars to fill four newly-endowed chairs.
The College will consider scholars and artists from across the academic spectrum whose teaching and research will address race, racism, and racial justice, with a particular focus on the challenges, histories, movements, and artistic and cultural productions of Black communities in the Americas.
These scholars can be from any discipline, but their teaching would help students better understand the challenges facing Black communities, especially those in the Americas and the US, and their presence would help shift Bowdoin in the direction of greater diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The search committee has chosen three thematic areas within the wider subject of race, racism, and racial justice.
- This theme invites candidates whose work explores the scientific, social, economic, or political factors that can help us better understand, assess, and improve public health. Potential candidates might consider, for example, how the recognition of racism as a public health crisis can suggest transformations in health care to eliminate disparities in rates of infant and maternal mortality, hypertension, or life expectancy, particularly for Black Americans.
- This theme invites candidates who explore how environmental challenges might be studied, addressed, and remediated through interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches that center race, racism, and racial justice. Central to this theme is an appreciation of the asymmetrical nature of the impacts of climate change and other forms of environmental destruction, which disproportionately affects poor and Black communities who face increasing threats to housing, economic opportunity, and health.
Belonging, Citizenship, and Freedom
- This theme invites candidates whose work helps us to better understand and intervene in the human tendency to create categories, boundaries, and hierarchies of belonging. Potential candidates might explore the myths, scientific theories, or hegemonic discourses that have determined community membership and the ways in which Black communities, in particular, are both affected by and responding to notions of belonging, citizenship, and freedom.
“This cluster hire should also create a true sense of community, of being in a cohort, among the folks who are coming in. They may be from different disciplines, but their research areas should overlap and speak to each other.”
—Associate Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry
Search Committee Chairs:
- Margaret Boyle, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies
- Guillermo Herrera, Professor of Economics
Search Committee Members:
- Aretha Aoki, Associate Professor of Dance
- Judith Casselberry, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
- Eric Chown, Sarah and James Bowdoin Professor of Digital and Computational Studies
- Bruce Kohorn, Linnean Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
- Elizabeth Pritchard, Associate Professor of Religion and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- Brian Purnell, Geoffrey Canada Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
- Kana Takematsu, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bowdoin employees live in a variety of communities including in and near Brunswick. Common choices include:
- Brunswick itself, a community of just over 20,000 people,
- Portland, a larger coastal city with a population of about 100,000 that is about a 30 minute drive to Bowdoin,
- Small coastal towns such as Harpswell, with a population of about 5,000 that is about a 15 minute drive.
There are a variety of other small towns within an easy drive that afford a range of living options.
This region is often called "midcoast" Maine—find more at liveandworkinmaine.com.
- The nearest large airport is in Portland, 30 minutes from Brunswick.
- This airport (PWM) has daily nonstop flights on all major carriers, with access to cities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Phildephia, Raleigh, and Washington D.C., with additional destinations added seasonally.
- Boston's Logan International Airport is 2 hours away, and the Concord Bus line runs from Portland to Boston Logan five times per day, on average.
- The Amtrak Downeaster provides five daily round-trips between Brunswick, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts, including a stop in Portland.
- After major concerts and sporting events, Amtrak runs an additional 11:25pm train from Boston to Brunswick.
- Concord Coach Lines operates bus routes to and from midcoast Maine, including service to New York City and Boston Logan International Airport.
- Portland's Metro Breez bus connects Brunswick, Freeport, Yarmouth, and Portland, with 13 round trips on weekdays and 6-8 round trips on weekends.
- The midcoast region is easily accessible by car. There are multiple rental car providers at the Portland airport, as well as an Enterprise location in Brunswick.
- Rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber operate in the area, and there are several taxi services, including Brunswick Taxi and PWM Taxi.