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Post-Doctoral Scholar in LGBT Policy Studies

Vanderbilt University
Tennessee, United States
$55,000.00 - $55,000.00
Posted date
Sep 28, 2017

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
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 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.

 Responsibilities include:

  1. Carrying out an active research program focusing on LGBT policies and populations.
  2. Developing a course on LGBT policies and advocacy to be co-taught with a Vanderbilt faculty member in AY 18-19 and AY 19-20.
  3. Coordinating a regular colloquium series on LGBT policies and populations.
  4. Coordinating a national academic conference to be held at Vanderbilt in Spring 2020.
  5. Serving as a liaison to campus and community leaders on LGBT policy topics.

 With funding from a Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Programs Award (, 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 (  This in-residence position requires a physical presence in Nashville for the term of the fellowship. 

 Applicants should apply via Interfolio at the following link:  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 at: 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 employer.

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