Research Assistant - How Systemic Racism Works

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) supports and generates rigorous and accessible research, performance, art and scholarship on a broad range of issues pertaining to race and ethnicity in America.

The Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (CSREA) joins a vibrant team directly supporting the How Systemic Racism Works—An Interactive Experience Project. The Research Assistant is involved in comprehensive and intersectional, timely research aimed at gathering, organizing and developing key reports and narratives on practices and policies that drive systemic racism in five areas of society: wealth, housing, education, health and criminal justice.

The Research Assistant works closely with Tricia Rose (PI), the Director of Strategy and Creative Content, and other research team members on a dynamic range of project-related tasks, including data collection, literature reviews and synthesis, drafting of reports, organization of project materials, and maintenance of databases and bibliographies.  The Research Assistant interacts with remote consultants or team members, coordinates project communications, and develops reports and presentations. This individual works as part of a team to compile and analyze information using a variety of software applications, (Excel, Zotero etc.) The position also performs additional related tasks as necessary. Most tasks may be performed independently and/or without direct supervision in an on- or off-site location. Incumbent must have a commitment to working/ teaching in a diverse and inclusive environment, and be available for a hybrid (in office/work from home) work plan.  

This is a 6-month, fixed-term, funding-dependent staff position with a possibility of a 6-month renewal based on research needs and performance.  


Master’s Degree or higher, with 1 year or more experience in research on race and racial inequality with possible area expertise in any of the five areas that are the focus of the project (wealth, housing, education, health and criminal justice). Coursework in related fields can substitute for some experience.

Applicants must submit:

A cover letter discussing their skills and experience as a researcher working in this area or related areas. The cover letter should also discuss their commitment to/experience with diversity

A current curriculum vitae (CV)

Applications should be received by January 3, 2022 for full consideration. Applications will be reviewed by the CSREA Director, Tricia Rose.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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