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Digital Humanist: The Long 19th Amendment Project, Schlesinger Library

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
Not specified
Posted Date
May 22, 2018

Digital Humanist

The Long 19th Amendment Project

Three year (full-time, with benefits) grant funded position expected to continue until September 30, 2021


About the Position

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University seeks a Digital Humanist committed to promoting feminist scholarship within the digital humanities to create a portal documenting the complexities and aftermath of the women’s suffrage movement as part of The Long 19th Amendment Project. The Digital Humanist will report to the Manager for Special Projects & Digital Services and will collaborate closely with the project steering committee and Digital Services staff. 

The portal will support two primary project goals: elevating public and scholarly knowledge of the interplay of gender and American citizenship and providing enduring access to digitized primary documents, datasets, and other materials. The Digital Humanist will ensure that the portal adheres to digital humanities best practices and ethics, project manage the portal from concept to completion, and apply creative thinking and a critical scholarly lens to portal content and structure. The Digital Humanist will work with a web developer to create the portal structure and style, but is responsible for the portal’s content. The Digital Humanist will identify archival collections, data sets, syllabi, and other digital assets from within and beyond Schlesinger Library’s collections. In creating the portal, the Digital Humanist will consider metadata standards, programmatic access to archival materials through APIs, and other features to ensure that the portal facilitates a variety of scholarly inquiries. The Digital Humanist will write and edit content for the portal, ranging from accessible scholarly essays to item captions and instructions for portal users and contributors.

The successful candidate will possess

  • Master’s Degree in History (PhD preferred) or in a related field with demonstrated scholarship and expertise in the history of women in the United States.
  • 3-5 years of teaching or academic research experience in one or more of the following fields: Digital Humanities, Cultural Studies with a focus on technology, New Media, Public History, or a related field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to think analytically, take initiative and complete projects, flexible, able to prioritize multiple demands, and with a strong focus on getting things done.
  • Experience creating or managing metadata.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a collegial environment.   

For more information about this position, please visit our online employment application system.

About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute’s commitment to women, gender, and society.

We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and are committed to achieving our goals through the efforts of a highly skilled, diverse workforce.  With outstanding benefits, competitive pay, extensive learning opportunities, and a stimulating and attractive work environment, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University may be exactly the employer you have been looking for.

Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at

About The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on The History of Women in America The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. With the finest collection of resources for research on the history of women in America, the Library has especially strong holdings in women’s rights and feminism, health and sexuality, work and family life, culinary history and etiquette, and education and the professions. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply for the Digital Humanist position through ASPIRE, Harvard University’s online employment application system.  Please combine your cover letter and resume into a single document that is uploaded where you are instructed by to "Upload my resume/CV from my computer."  Please note that cover letters are required for every position at the Radcliffe Institute. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

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