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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Africanist)
Washington University in St. Louis

Date Posted Nov. 16, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Research Associate (Africanist)
University Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO, United States
Department African & African American Studies
Application Deadline Jan. 20, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 29, 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    History - African
    Ethnic/Multicultural Studies
    Humanities - General

This fellowship is open to any scholar, in any discipline and geographic focus, working in African Studies. Scholars who originate from the continent of Africa strongly encouraged to apply.

This position is intended to assist junior scholars whose research focuses on topics related to Africa, African American and/or the African Diaspora in furthering their careers by providing them with opportunities for mentorship, advancing their research, and enhancing their teaching.

AFAS postdoctoral fellows are provided a competitive salary, support for research and research-related travel, office space, and computer equipment. They are expected to teach two courses per academic year based on their scholarly area of expertise and with the approval of the AFAS curriculum committee or the Chair. In addition, fellows will participate in the intellectual life of the unit and the university by giving and attending public lectures, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in departmental activities. The fellowship begins in the fall semester of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Applications are evaluated against a broad set of criteria, with special consideration given to contributions the candidate can make to diversify the University community and to deepen the scholarly inquiries of the department of African and African-American Studies and its curriculum.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and must have received a doctorate no earlier than spring 2019 and no later than July 1, 2022. Applications received by January 20, 2022 will be given priority consideration.

How to apply: to apply please submit (1) a letter of interest that briefly explains the applicant’s scholarly interest, with a detailed statement of proposed research that will be pursued during the fellowship period and courses that might be taught (up to 5 pages); (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) one writing sample (a scholarly publication or dissertation chapter (maximum 30 pages); (4) one sample syllabus and (5) three letters of recommendation, including one from the dissertation adviser via Interfolio:

  • Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

    Diversity and Inclusion are core values at Washington University, and the strong candidate will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive.

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Contact Information

  • Janary Stanton
    African & African American Studies
    Washington University in St. Louis
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130


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