P3 Lab Postdoctoral Fellow


P3 Lab Postdoctoral Fellow

The P3 Lab at Johns Hopkins University is seeking to hire a qualified a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Faculty Director, Professor Hahrie Han, and Lab Director, Jane Booth-Tobin, on a range of studies focused on social movements and community organizing, particularly within race-class subjugated communities. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be hired for a yearlong term beginning no earlier than summer 2023.

The position requires someone with a strong background in social science research grounded in the study of collective action and social movements. Post-docs must be excellent writers, capable with quantitative data analysis, and have experience with qualitative fieldwork. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant social science field from an accredited institution and a record of being an outstanding scholar. Postdoctoral Fellows will be exempt from teaching and service duties and will devote their full-time effort to working on research. The expectation is that the fellow’s time will be divided between working on a P3 research project and building out their own research.

Lab Description

At P3, we envision a world where people’s participation in public life is possible, probable, and powerful: people across race and class have to be able to participate, they have to want to participate, and their participation has to matter. Realizing this vision necessitates designing a new civic architecture that enables people to engage in public life in ways that are grounded in their own experience, connected to one another, and organized through vehicles of collective action that give people ownership over the ongoing process of systemic struggle and change.

We are a multi-disciplinary research lab based at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University committed to learning and shared inquiry that meets the twin goals of relevance and rigor while helping to realize our vision. Our work simultaneously pushes the frontiers of strategic thinking in organizing and knowledge-building in academic scholarship.

Learn more about our work on our website: https://www.p3researchlab.org/mission_vision


The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for:
  • Leading a to-be-determined project that is likely to include the following:
    • Coordinating communities and researchers to develop a study that bridges practitioner and scholarly goals
    • Developing a research team that supports cross-generational learning in the lab
    • Conducting a literature review
    • Conducting data collection and analysis
    • Writing up results in both academic and practitioner-friendly formats
  • Actively engaging in the P3 scholarly community by attending regular lab meetings and collaborating with fellow lab members on their projects.
Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is for 12 months, beginning no sooner than summer 2023. Applicants will receive a small research budget that they can use at their discretion. Applicants can work remotely from anywhere in the United States, but must be willing to travel regularly to meet the P3 team. John Hopkins University offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.

  • Ph.D. degree in political science, sociology, or related areas by the start of the appointment
  • Outstanding mixed-methods research and writing skills
  • Experience working with constituency-based organizations either as a researcher or as a community organizer
  • An understanding of or a desire to learn about the field of constituency-based organizations and social movements in the United States, as well as the ecosystems of funders, political parties, etc. they operate within
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to simultaneously manage multiple large-scale projects
  • Experience and interest in convening and managing events for diverse stakeholders (e.g., conferences, symposia, workshops)
  • Commitment to the P3 Lab Mission
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
In addition to the qualifications above, theoretical and empirical familiarity with the field of civic data, movement building, and aspects of computational social science; experience in statistical and spatial data analysis and data visualization; and/or advanced programming in R, STATA, or another statistical package would be valued.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit your application at http://apply.interfolio.com/109351 and please include the following materials:

  1. Letter of application that includes:
    1. a description of what you are hoping to get out of a fellowship with P3 and how it fits into your own scholarship
    2. your understanding of what community organizing is, why it matters, and how it relates to your own research
  2. A two-to-five page research statement detailing your substantive and methodological research experience
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. A representative manuscript or publication (please note that to the extent possible, this should be a single-authored piece. Excellent writing skills are a must and we would like to be able to review people’s writing style)
  5. Three names of references at the time of the application.

The position will remain open to accept additional applications until the position filled. Inquiries may be sent electronically to Jane Booth-Tobin, P3 Lab Director (jboothtobin@jhu.edu)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

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