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Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellow - Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Amer

CUNY Graduate Center
New York, United States
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Dec 30, 2021

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Position Title: Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellow - Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean

Job ID: 23254

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Closing Date: Open until filled


The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.


The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.


As part of the Provost’s Diversity Initiative, the GC seeks two (2) Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Fellows for the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) to support the development of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise as innovative scholars in the study of the African diaspora or the field of Africana Studies as it relates to the study of diasporas, migration and transnationalism.


IRADAC was founded to address the African presence in the Americas through scholarly research and public programs for the betterment of the public as well as the academic community. The institute's mission is to foster understanding and critical interpretation of the history, development, conditions, status, and cultures of the diverse peoples of African descent living in the various societies of the Western Hemisphere.


The Fellows will participate in activities related to IRADAC and to the Ph.D. program of his/her own discipline. We welcome applications from disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including Anthropology, Education, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Francophone Studies, and Latin American and Latinx Studies. The Post-Doctoral Fellows will engage their own original research and scholarship and will publish the results of their research. They will also present their research to scholars and the public through conferences, seminars, workshops and/or working groups thus furthering the mission of IRADAC as it pertains to the African Diaspora. In addition, the Post-Doctoral Fellows will also work closely with the 2022-2023 IRADAC Dissertation Fellow, the seven IRADAC Fellows and two IRADAC Schomburg Digitization Fellows. Ample opportunities for sustained constructive criticism of the Fellows’ scholarship will be in place along with professional opportunities. Teaching opportunities are also possible with an adjunct appointment. This position reports to the Director of IRADAC.


The appointment will be for the academic year 2022-2023, effective August 26, 2022.


CUNY Title Overview:

  • Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others. 
  • Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding
  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data
  • Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings
  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues
  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


Preferred Qualifications:

IRADAC seeks candidates who have received their Ph.D. in 2018 or later; candidates who will deposit their dissertation by July 2022 will also be considered.


The Center is particularly interested in candidates from fields of Anthropology, English, History, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Education, Francophone Studies, and Latin American and Latinx Studies, though applications from any field within the humanities and humanistic social sciences will be considered.


How to Apply:

Go to and search for Job ID 23254.


Click on "Apply Now" which will bring you to the registration screen. If you are a new user, you must register to apply. If you already have a user ID, please use your existing ID to apply. Please submit a CV, a research statement, and a writing sample via CUNYfirst application system as one file in PDF or Word format. '


Three (3) letters of reference are also required and are due at the time the application is submitted. Letters of reference should be sent by the referee to


Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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