Postdoctoral Positions in American Studies
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English are pleased to announce that they will be offering four one-year NEH-funded postdoctoral positions in American Studies during 2022. Supported by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, these four scholars will be conducting research pertaining to the theme of “Rediscovering American Democracy: Teaching the Humanities in the Time of Covid.” Their projects will bring the methods of humanistic inquiry to bear on pressing social issues laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic such as racial justice, gender equality, environmental vulnerability, and the preservation and expansion of democratic ideals. Their work will cover subfields including Asian-American, Black, Ethnic, Indigenous/Native American, Latinx, and Queer/Gender Studies, as well as Environmental Studies and Popular Culture.
The postdoctoral scholars will provide exceptional opportunities: collaboration with other postdocs hired in this cluster; mentorship from senior faculty and outside scholars; summer working groups to support research; and a teaching load designed to enable progress on a major research project. Each scholar will teach one course per semester in English, History, Film, or a related discipline.
In pursuing their scholarly research, each scholar will also participate in bi-weekly faculty seminars to develop a course in a new program in American Studies that is designed to apply the study of the Humanities to contemporary issues of pressing concern through study and reconsideration of United States culture in the past or present. It is possible that these positions may, after the term of the NEH grant, be converted into three-year visiting assistant professorships to play a key role in staffing the nascent program.
To apply, please visit our Human Resources webpage. For inquiries, please write to Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Chair, Department of English or Dr. Melinda Knight, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing Excellence.
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