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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctorial Fellow in the Humanities and Humanistic Studies

Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
30+ days ago


Bryn Mawr College
Africana Studies

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Humanistic Studies

The Africana Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College seeks an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Humanistic Studies for the academic year 2021-2022 beginning January 2022. The fellowship is renewable for a second year. This is a combined teaching and research fellowship, with the expectation that the fellow will teach two courses each year, one per semester. Candidates must have a terminal degree in the humanities or the humanistic social sciences by the fellowship start date.

The Africana Studies Program values a range of research and course foci, including forced or choiced migration, liberation, political economy and globalization, anti-Black racism, institutional power, oppression and resistance, heritage, joy, and celebration. We seek a scholar whose work is fundamentally interdisciplinary, who can teach undergraduate courses with potential focal areas such as criminology, visual culture, gender and sexuality, and/or the histories of global Black activism and social movements, and incorporates research methods with participatory community-based approaches. We are particularly interested in candidates whose areas of research might include Black social/political movements; community-organized activism against structural oppression; place-based study of criminology and the impact of institutional injustice on marginalized and minoritized communities; queer theory; the impact of African traditions on diasporic popular culture, and exploring race, transnational intellectual circuits, and imperialism through digital history.

To apply for this fellowship, please submit: a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy*; a statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion*; a sample syllabus, or course proposal in your area of expertise via Interfolio at: The search committee will request two letters of recommendation from finalists to be submitted via Interfolio, after an interview invitation has been extended. The search committee will begin reading applications September 22, 2021. Applications received by October 8, 2021 will receive full consideration.

*This information can be conveyed in media other than a written format if you prefer.

Recognizing health and safety concerns during this time, the College will be as flexible as possible in determining the nature of any interviews or meetings (virtual/remote and/or in-person interaction) that are conducted for this search.

An informal information session will be hosted on Monday, September 20, 2021, from 4:00-5:00 pm ET for applicants to learn more about Africana Studies at Bryn Mawr College and to ask questions about the fellowship. Zoom information will be shared upon completing the registration form, here.

Bryn Mawr College is a distinguished liberal arts college for women with a vibrant faculty of scholar-teachers, a talented staff and intellectually curious students eager to make a difference in the world. The College is committed to increasing the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, and curricular offerings with a particular focus on enhancing ethnic and racial diversity and advancing social justice and inclusion. We believe diversity strengthens our community and enriches the education of our students. We have a student body of 1,300 undergraduates (32 percent are U.S. students of color and 19 percent are international students). There are 340 graduate students in coeducational graduate programs in social work, humanities and science. Bryn Mawr College is located in metropolitan Philadelphia and enjoys strong consortial relationships with Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58744186
  • Location:
    Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Company Name: Bryn Mawr College
  • Position Title: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctorial Fellow in the Humanities and Humanistic Studies
  • Job Function: Fellowship
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: None
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