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At the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, we invite you to join a vibrant, vocal, and highly diverse faculty that has received grant funding from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), National Institute for Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other organizations as well as multiple awards for scholarly and teaching excellence.

The institute has devoted over 50 years of outstanding scholarship, teaching, and outreach to the nexus where issues of race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, and social justice intersect with traditional academic disciplines, and our faculty members use interdisciplinary methodologies to engage with some of the world’s most urgent challenges. We are committed to the university’s research, teaching, and service missions and aspirations to transform lives and learning. We aim to advance the discipline of Indigenous Studies and furnish evidence-based knowledge to the public. We seek bold thinkers and leaders to join us in our work.

Opportunities to become a Fellow at UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities or UNL’s Center for Great Plains Studies are also available.

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Over 150 Years of Excellence

In 2019, the university marked a 150-year legacy of improving the quality of life for Nebraska and beyond—and began charting a bold future.

Why Ethnic Studies at Nebraska

Our faculty is inclusive, collaborative, collegial, and highly successful. We work together to ensure that all of us can thrive in our professional, community, and personal lives. We are working to transform the campus so that every space is welcoming and affirming to Indigenous students, staff, faculty, and relatives, and so that all members of the university community understand the Indigenous history and present of this space. We listen, and we lead.

Our faculty members:

  • welcome, support, and respect each other
  • strive for excellence in research, teaching, and professional service
  • ask profound and urgent research questions
  • work across disciplines to generate solutions
  • value and pursue interdisciplinary collaborations
  • provide formal and informal mentorship
  • prepare graduate students for academic and applied positions
  • encourage undergraduate students' curiosity, academic excellence, and experiential learning

Why Nebraska

Our distinguished Big 10 public research university is filled with collaborators and scholars who have come together to build on each other’s strengths and forge a better future.

  • Ranked by Forbes as one of America's Best Large Employers
  • Member of the Big 10 Conference and Big 10 Academic Alliance
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • Small campus feel with global connections

We recognize the troubled legacy we have inherited. We acknowledge and honor the Pawnee, Ponca, Oto-Missouria, Umonhon (Omaha), Dakota, Lakota, Arapaho, Tsististas & Suhtai (Cheyenne), and Kaw Peoples, as well as the relocated Ho-Chunk, Iowa, and Sac and Fox Peoples, upon whose past, present, and future homelands now reside the campuses and programs of the university. We recognize and regret the legacies of violence and displacement that bring us here today, and we honor the survival of all Indigenous peoples.

Why Lincoln

Much like its 285,000+ residents, Lincoln is where you'll find a place to call home.

  • Buzzing arts and music scene
  • Bustling startups
  • Plenty of activities to kick your feet up, stay active or network
  • Growing Haymarket area with the world-class Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • Great downtown nightlife just one block from campus
  • Top 50 Best Bike City (
  • Cornerstone of the booming Silicon Prairie

What others say about us

Number 1

Happiest City
Men's Health, 2021

Number 3

for First-Time Homebuyers
WalletHub, 2021

Number 3

for Quality of Life
NerdWallet, 2017

Number 7

Overall Financial Wellbeing, 2017

Number 9

for Places to Live, 2019

Open Positions

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Two tenure-track faculty positions are available:

Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies Assistant/Associate Professor

  • We are planning to review applications and interview candidates this fall.
  • The position would start in fall 2023.

Learn more about us here on our website and @UNLEthnicStu on Twitter. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Joy Castro
Director, Institute for Ethnic Studies