Posted: Nov 8, 2022

Tenure-track Assistant Professor or Tenured Associate Professor in Medicine, Health, and Society

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
Salary: Monthly
Application Deadline: N/A

The Department of Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenured Associate or tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Medicine, Health, and Society to begin fall semester 2023. Secondary appointments with economics, sociology, public policy studies, or related units are possible, though the scholar will have a primary tenure home in MHS. Field of specialization is open, with preference for an interdisciplinary quantitative social scientist.

The ideal candidate is an Associate or Advanced Assistant Professor whose research program can attract external funding; Associate Professor candidates should have a track record of external funding. Areas of focus for this search reflect areas of existing strength, student interest, and the future-focus of the field, including but not limited to:

  • Strategies for gun violence prevention across political, racial, geographic divides;
  • Violence, incarceration, and inequality; the impact of gun violence on minoritized communities;
  • Best policies and practices for reducing gun related injury and death, including firearm suicide, in the aftermath of Bruen
  • Media and social media representations of guns, gun-related crime, and gun-violence prevention;
  • Structural, economic, and political solutions to violence and inequality;
  • The social contexts and meanings surrounding guns, gun violence, and gun markets;
  • Global firearm policies, markets, and implications;


Scholars who build on Vanderbilt’s existing strengths in firearm policy, the implications of firearm violence by race and/or sexual orientation, “structural” approaches to gun violence prevention (e.g.,, and the health politics/policies of the US South are especially encouraged to apply. The ability to obtain external funding is required. The university is home to a strong network of health and health policy researchers, and there are collaborative opportunities with multiple Arts and Science departments as well as in the School of Medicine. 

Vanderbilt expects excellence in teaching and in research. Ph.D. is required by August 1, 2023. To apply, please submit: 1) a current cv; and 2) a letter describing your research and teaching interests, professional experience, and interest in/fit with an interdisciplinary unit such as MHS; 3) a sample of scholarly writing; 4) a diversity statement; and 5) three letters of reference. These materials should be addressed to Professor Jonathan Metzl, Chair, MHS.

To apply, please submit via Interfolio at this link


Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Vanderbilt University is committed to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of exceptional faculty. Women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.