Washington University in St. Louis, American Culture Studies Program
Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Cultural History
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Missouri, United States|
The Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in American cultural history, to begin July 1, 2012. We are primarily interested in candidates from American Studies programs, or History scholars doing explicitly multi-disciplinary work. To be considered, candidates must have received the Ph.D. since July 1, 2008, or be scheduled to defend the dissertation before July 1, 2012.
The Program in American Culture Studies is an interdepartmental research and teaching program that aims at understanding American culture and society through humanities and social science approaches. Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with core faculty, graduate students, and a continuing postdoctoral fellow in American Culture Studies, as well as with faculty across the University.
For the 2012-13 Fellowship, our interest centers on U.S. political culture broadly defined to include such concerns as communication, constructions of race and gender, constructions of nation and nation-state, immigration, popular culture, regional and transnational cultures, and religion, from any period of the 19th or 20th century. We have recently nurtured methodological strengths that include digital humanities, ethnography, geographic information systems, oral history, and visual and material culture, and would be pleased to find a postdoctoral fellow whose work engages with any of these models.
Finally, we would be favorably disposed toward candidates who might make productive research or teaching use of local and regional archival resources, which include the Henry Hampton Collection of civil rights documentary materials; the National Personnel Records Center of the National Archives; the St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project; and other significant collections on American westward expansion, civil rights, commerce and transportation, court records, media and graphic arts, and slavery and the Civil War.
Our main goal in this postdoctoral program is the intellectual development of the Fellows and ourselves through productive academic interaction. Fellows are expected to be in residence during the fellowship period, apart from research-related travel; and to participate in the intellectual life of American Culture Studies and other units relevant to the Fellow’s research and teaching interests. Teaching responsibilities include two courses per academic year, supervising directed study for a small number of undergraduate students, and appropriate advising activities with graduate and undergraduate students.
The Fellow will receive a salary of approximately $43,000 per year, plus benefits; and a $3,000 annual research/travel stipend, which may be supplemented in cases of demonstrated need. Applicants should submit cover letter, CV, graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation, a sample of academic written work, and a description of the proposed research project or area. Applicants are also encouraged to submit materials describing their teaching interests and experience. All materials should be sent to: Postdoctoral Search Committee, American Culture Studies Program, Campus Box 1126, 151 McMillan Hall, Washington University, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis MO 63130.
To be fully considered, job candidates must submit an online application: navigate to https:/jobs.wustl.edu/ and search for job ID #22943. Online applications must be received by Dec. 15, 2011, and all supporting materials are due by January 15, 2012. Washington University is an AA/EO employer, and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply for this position.
Tina Marti, Administrative Coordinator, American Culture Studies Program, Washington University in St. Louis
|Primary Category:||American History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Cultural History / Studies