POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY IN
LGBT POLICY STUDIES
The Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab seeks an in-residence
postdoctoral scholar in LGBT Policy Studies (broadly defined) for
AY 18-19 and 19-20. The ideal candidate is an empirical
social scientist who has an interest in studying the causes and
consequences of LGBT-related public policies (e.g., same-sex
marriage, non-discrimination laws, ‘bathroom bills’, religious
freedom restoration acts, and others) on a range of social,
economic, political, health, education, and demographic outcomes.
Experience with programming in advanced statistical packages
(e.g., STATA, SAS, and/or R) and handling large datasets is
required. A PhD (or equivalent) in anthropology,
demography, economics, education, health services research,
law/jurisprudence, LGBT studies, political science, public health,
public policy, sociology, or a related field is required.
- Carrying out an active research program focusing on LGBT
policies and populations.
- Developing a course on LGBT policies and advocacy to be
co-taught with a Vanderbilt faculty member in AY 18-19 and AY
- Coordinating a regular colloquium series on LGBT policies and
- Coordinating a national academic conference to be held at
Vanderbilt in Spring 2020.
- Serving as a liaison to campus and community leaders on LGBT
With funding from a Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional
Programs Award (http://vanderbilt.edu/strategicplan/trans-institutional-programs/tipshome.php),
the LGBT Policy Lab brings together Vanderbilt experts from
multiple units including: economics; education; divinity; health
policy; law; medicine; MHS; political science; religious studies;
and sociology. The postdoc would work closely with the PI
(Kitt Carpenter) and related faculty.
The fellowship term is 7/1/2018-6/30/2020. The
position carries a twelve-month salary of $55,000, a $5,000
research fund, office space, health insurance, and eligibility for
other benefits (https://gradschool.vanderbilt.edu/postdoctoral/postdoctoral-scholars/benefits.php).
This in-residence position requires a physical presence in
Nashville for the term of the fellowship.
Applicants should apply via Interfolio at the following
A complete application requires a cover letter describing the
candidate’s interest, a cv, a writing sample, and three letters of
recommendation. Please note that the application portal
references the postdoc’s logistical home is in the economics
department, but this search is not limited
to economists, nor is it primarily targeted to economists. We
strongly encourage qualified applicants from any of the above
disciplines, and every effort will be made to obtain office space
nearest the postdoc’s main disciplinary home.
Questions about the position can be directed to Kitt Carpenter
Applications will be reviewed immediately.
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