Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Posted Date
Aug 12, 2022

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The Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab ( is seeking applications for a postdoctoral scholar position in the areas of LGBTQ+ health inequities, policies, and populations to begin in Summer 2023. The ideal candidate is an empirical social scientist who has an interest in studying the causes and consequences of LGBTQ-related public policies (e.g., same-sex marriage, non-discrimination, transgender sports bans, ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws, ‘bathroom bills’, religious freedom exemptions, and others) on a range of social, economic, political, health, education, and demographic outcomes. Experience with programming in STATA, SAS, or R and handling large datasets is highly preferred; experience with qualitative research is a plus. A PhD in demography, economics, education, health services research, law/jurisprudence, LGBTQ studies, political science, public health, health policy, public policy, sociology, or a related field is required.


**Please note that while the administrative home of this postdoctoral appointment will be in Vanderbilt’s Department of Economics and the Department of Medicine, Health & Society; we invite applications from and plan to hire researchers in multiple disciplines.


Responsibilities include:

  1. Carrying out a full-time active research program focusing primarily on LGBTQ+ health, LGBTQ+ politics and policies, and/or LGBTQ+ populations, including solo publications and/or joint papers with Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab faculty and external collaborators. Attending a weekly colloquium series on LGBTQ+ health inequities, policies, and populations. Guest lecturing in courses related to LGBTQ+ inequities, policies, and populations. Serving as a liaison to campus and community leaders on LGBTQ+ policy topics. Mentoring, with supervision from LGBTQ+ Policy Lab faculty, undergraduate and graduate student research.


The Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab brings together experts from multiple units including: economics; medicine, health & society (MHS); sociology; education; divinity; health policy; law; medicine; political science; religious studies; public policy studies (PPS); gender and sexuality studies; and psychology and human development. Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab Faculty have secured over $5 million in external funding to support research on LGBTQ+ inequities, health, policies, and populations. Our faculty’s research has been published in high-impact journals such as the Harvard Law Review, JAMA, LGBT Health, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and The New England Journal of Medicine; covered by NBC, the New York Post, and the Washington Post; and cited in Supreme Court briefs on marriage equality and LGBTQ employment nondiscrimination. Previous postdoctoral fellows trained in the LGBTQ+ Policy Lab have secured tenure-track faculty positions at R1 universities; won prestigious awards including the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Fellow of the Year award; and published in top-tier journals such as JAMA Pediatrics.


All postdoctoral scholars will be supervised by a Director (Kitt Carpenter) or Associate Director (Tara McKay and Gilbert Gonzales) of the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab and one or more affiliated faculty mentors depending on discipline. For example, while candidates with economics PhDs will work closely with Kitt Carpenter and/or Marcus Dillender; candidates with sociology PhDs may work more closely with Tara McKay; and candidates with public health, epidemiology, or health policy PhDs may work more closely with Gilbert Gonzales and/or Kirsty Clark.


The one-year postdoctoral fellowships will begin 7/1/2023 (or possibly earlier if mutually agreeable), with an initial end date of 6/30/2024, and carry the possibility of a one-year renewal. [Our preference is for candidates to be able to spend both academic year (AY) 23-24 and 24-25 at Vanderbilt.] Each position carries a twelve-month salary of $67,500, office space, health insurance, and eligibility for other benefits ( These full-time and in-residence positions require a physical presence in Nashville for the term of the fellowship.


Applicants should provide a cover letter describing interesting in the position and future research plans, CV, a research paper or writing sample, and three references at: Applications will be reviewed immediately and until the positions are filled.


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


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