University of Pennsylvania, Penn DCC
Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017-18 on "States of Religious Freedom"
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2017-2018 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Apply through Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/39687
The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism (DCC) invites applications for a one-year DCC Postdoctoral Fellow in any discipline whose research is pertinent to the Program’s 2017-2018 theme, “States of Religious Freedom.”
According to the terms of The International Religious Freedom Act, passed by Congress in 1998, America’s history of religious freedom has endowed it with a special responsibility to promote this virtue abroad as a goal of foreign policy. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor has compiled annual watchdog-style reports on every country in the world – except for the United States itself – ever since. Yet how exceptional or exemplary is the U.S. record of accommodating religious freedoms? How have other countries, informed by their own histories and circumstances, negotiated complex terrains of religion, statehood and citizenship? And what are the states of religious freedom around the world today, in light of current controversies over abortion, sexuality, changing gender roles, religiously-motivated terrorism, the rights of religious minorities, and the establishment of official religions? During its 2017-18 theme year on “States of Religious Freedom,” Penn DCC will study the U.S. experience within a comparative international context, exploring how states – as political entities – accommodate or hinder religious expression and culture, as well as how social conditions – states of collective being – affect and influence the practice of religious freedom.
The DCC program welcomes applicants engaged in empirical or normative scholarship, focused comparatively or on particular nations, regions, or communities, that explores these questions and seeks to assess the complex impact of the radically evolving media landscape on democratic politics, as well as on the closely related issues of citizenship and constitutional government.
The Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism program is an interdisciplinary initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, which includes a faculty seminar series and annual conference on themes chosen by the Program’s Faculty Advisory Council; a graduate workshop series; and undergraduate research grants. The DCC Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to participate in the faculty seminar series, teach an Undergraduate Seminar on a related topic, and join monthly meetings to discuss the progress of undergraduates receiving research grants. The Fellow also has the opportunity to pursue the Fellow’s research and study and participate generally in the intellectual life of the Penn community. Stipend is $53,800, plus health insurance.
Eligibility is limited to applicants who will have received their Ph.D. within five years prior to the time they begin their fellowship at Penn (i.e., May 2012 or later).
Application deadline: February 15, 2017.
Applications should be made through Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/39687
The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
For more information on the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, see the DCC Program website, http://www.sas.upenn.edu/dcc/ or contact DCC Administrator Matthew Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Political History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology