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Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and the Public Humanities

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 24, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, History
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The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship (2022-2023) in Slavery and the Public Humanities.  The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow will be to serve as project manager and to guide the coordination and implementation of a digitally published platform in support of the documentary film series Creating the New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in collaboration with Firelight Media directed by Stanley Nelson.  

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world. We are also attentive to contemporary forms of human bondage and injustice. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarly research around issues of racial slavery, contemporary forms of injustice, as well as freedom.

Given the work of the CSSJ is focused on the history and legacies of racial slavery, the Center has a broad network of scholars and institutions that also are deeply committed to values of diversity and inclusion. The CSSJ is interested in qualified candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.


Applicants must have completed doctoral work by the time of application and should have a Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline with scholarship focused upon the history and legacies of slavery. Applications from candidates with experience in public humanities and digital scholarship are particularly welcome. The successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the intellectual life of CSSJ.

Application Instructions

The position salary is $61,500 and includes benefits and a modest research account.

For full consideration, applicants should submit a Cover Letter, CV, writing sample, public humanities scholarship sample, or portfolio, and three letters of reference. Applications received by July 4, 2022 will receive full consideration.

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