The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University invites applications from pre-tenure scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates in all disciplines for two postdoctoral or more senior research positions. These positions will be awarded for the academic year 2018-2019 to emerging scholars who will devote their ten-month residency at Princeton to writing about race in the national or global contexts and, with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty, to teaching one semester-long undergraduate course. PhD in relevant discipline required.
Postdoctoral scholars will also participate with department faculty members and affiliated graduate students in a seminar devoted to the discussion of work in progress. In addition, they will be invited to participate in other programs, including seminars, colloquia, and public lectures and will enjoy access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University. Applicants should have received the doctorate within the past five years and cannot be in the process of writing a dissertation. The term for these positions extends from September 1, 2018 until July 1, 2019; a competitive salary will be provided.
This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. A selection committee of Department of African American Studies faculty members evaluates applicants on the basis of:
the significance of their proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the department;
the quality of their previous research and their ability to benefit from the activities of the department;
the contribution they are likely to make to higher education in the future through teaching and writing about race.
How To Apply
Applicants must submit all of the following information by November 25, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.
a curriculum vitae;
a scholarly paper written in the past three years;
a statement of no more than 1,500 words describing the proposed research project;
uploaded contact information for three references (at least one from someone who was not a dissertation supervisor);
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information or questions, please contact:
About Department of African American Studies - Princeton University
At Princeton, we teach African American Studies through three thematic subfields: (1) race and ethnicity, (2) African American culture and life, and (3) African Americans and public policy.
Our conception of African American Studies understands that the racial system of the United States was never simply black and white; it recognizes the special place of Africa as a symbol and as root of Afric...an American cultures; and it explores the spaces of the African Diaspora with which North American black people have always been connected.
Our conception assumes that race in America was constructed in dialogue with discourses in other societies and accepts that the concept of Diaspora cries out for comparative exploration. It also recognizes that African American experience is not singular but multiple, inflected as it is by gender, sexuality, class, region and religion. Finally, this conception is particularly well-placed to allow fruitful exchanges—based on historical interconnections in subject matter, shared methods and opportunities for comparative analysis—with other interdisciplinary fields: African Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. But it relies centrally, too, on the continuous openness of African American Studies to the existing disciplines of the humanities, the fine arts and the social and biological sciences.
We recruit the brightest minds – junior and seniors scholars – in the field and provide an institutional environment in which they may flourish.