Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Hurford Center hosts two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows each academic year. Haverford has a profound stake in ensuring continuity in the tradition of scholar-teachers. The college offers opportunities for faculty development through intimate interdisciplinary exchange and innovative pedagogy and provides an ideal setting for cultivating the creative energies of young scholars. At the same time, Haverford has much to gain from the steady infusion of fresh intellectual and pedagogical perspectives brought by the Postdoctoral Fellows.

The program offers five key instruments of professional advancement: meaningful teaching (Fellows teach one course per term); collaborative intellectual exploration (through participation during the first year in the year-long Faculty Seminar); interaction with the broader world of scholarship and public life (through the staging of a symposium connected to the Fellow's teaching and research interests, which occurs in the spring semester of the Fellow’s second year); mentoring (through association with host departments and programs); and the time and resources for scholarly endeavor (a reduced teaching load, support for research and travel).

2014-16 Search

We seek scholars interested in discourses of time, revision and reconciliation.

Area of specialization is open, but might include philosophy, history, political science, anthropology, literature, history of art, music, sociology and cultural studies, among other possibilities. Scholars with broad historical and interdisciplinary interests are encouraged to apply, as are women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

During the first year of the program, the Fellow will participate in a yearlong faculty seminar led by Assistant Professor Jill Stauffer (Philosophy/Peace, Justice and Human Rights) entitled "Revision/How Time Passes." The topic orbits around discourses of justice and reconciliation. Download Seminar Description »

In the second year, the Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to his or her field funded by the Hurford Center. View Past Symposia »

During each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Fellow will teach one course at the introductory/intermediate or advanced level. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest, one for a broad-based introductory course, the other for a more specialized or advanced course. The successful candidate will demonstrate readiness to teach a diverse student body.


Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2014
Position Begins: Fall, 2014

Candidates who have received the Ph.D. in 2009 at the earliest, or who have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by the application deadline of January 13, 2014 are eligible.

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Current Fellows

Andrew Cornell
Donovan Schaefer
  • Andrew Cornell

    Andrew Cornell
    Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor of American Studies

    Andrew Cornell holds degrees in American Studies from the University of Michigan and New York University and has taught at Williams College in Massachusetts and Université Stendhal in southeastern France. His research and teaching focuses on two broad topics: (1) radical social movements of the 20th and 21st century; and (2) U.S. political economy, globalization, and empire. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to these topics, he combines historical methods with the insights of various schools of critical social theory.

    Cornell is the author of Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society (AK Press, 2011), a history of a Philadelphia-based feminist pacifist organization active during the 1970s and 1980s. He recently published an essay on consensus decision making in the Occupy Wall Street movement .He is currently completing a book project on the history of anarchist movements and ideas in the mid-20th century United States. The project explores anarchists' relationships to an array of contemporary social and cultural movements, including the black freedom struggle, radical pacifism, and the writers of the Beat generation.

  • Donovan Schaefer

    Donovan Schaefer
    Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

    Donovan Schaefer is the 2012-2014 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at HCAH and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religion department. His PhD was granted by the Department of Religion at Syracuse (2012) and he received his B.A. in Religion, Literature, and the Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2003. His research brings poststructuralism, material feminism, and evolutionary theory into conversation to think through a variety of topics at the intersection of affect and embodied religion, including atheism, globalization, sexuality, narratives of Islamophobia, and contemporary American religion and politics.

    While participating in the 2012-2013 HCAH Faculty seminar on "The Affective Turn," Schaefer is completing a revision of his dissertation in book form, Animal Religion: Evolution, Embodiment, and the Affective Turn in Religious Studies, in which he argues for a systematic encounter between religious studies and the dimensions of affect theory to further develop accounts of embodied, material religion. He is also developing a book-length project examining post-Darwinian atheisms through the lens of affect theory, tentatively titled Embodied Disbelief: Affective Disciplines and Atheism after Darwin.