Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities
The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College invites applications for a two-year, full-time Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to begin Fall 2022.
We seek a scholar interested in the critical study of undergraduate educational institutions in the United States; more specifically, we are looking for someone whose work engages the notion of “inclusion” as articulated and practiced in admissions, hiring, and other institutional processes. Candidates should have broad theoretical and interdisciplinary interests; while the seminar will take place in a context centered on the humanities, we encourage scholars whose research focuses on the social sciences, the natural sciences, or both to apply.
During the first year of the program, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in a year-long faculty seminar on “Exclusion, Inclusion, and the U. S. Academy” led by Profs. Guangtian Ha and David Harrington Watt, which will bring together a small group of faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. The seminar’s central concern is a paradox: Even as colleges and universities attempt, with debatable success, to include populations long excluded from their resources—people of color, poor and working-class people, for example—they remain invested in the notions of exclusivity and elitism. What work does this paradox do? How does it shape and limit the institutions’ role in countering and/or reinforcing broader social inequities? What roles do specific disciplines and curricular groupings (e.g. STEM, social sciences, humanities) play in matters of inclusion and exclusion? What about disciplinarity itself? Can these institutions be more inclusive without deeper structural change? Without changes in the market logics of austerity and neoliberalism? The successful candidate might be interested in approaches to these questions that foreground the history of US higher education, critical university studies, critical science studies, critical race theory, the politics of STEM pedagogy, Marxist and/or Foucauldian analysis of institutions, critiques of (neo-)liberalism, the study of social and cultural capital, and many others.
In the second year of the fellowship, the Fellow will organize and present a spring symposium related to their scholarly field funded by the Hurford Center. During each of the four semesters at Haverford College, the Fellow will teach one course at the introductory, intermediate or advanced level and engage a diverse student body. Applicants should submit two brief course proposals related to their area of interest: one for a broad-based introductory or intermediate course and the other for a more specialized or advanced course.
Candidates who have earned their Ph.D. no earlier than 2017 or will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by May 1, 2022, are eligible to apply.
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, two course proposals, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/98721.
For those who have yet to complete the requirements of their degree by the time of application, at least one letter of recommendation must attest to their schedule of completion by May 1, 2021.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 9, 2022.
Questions about the program can be directed to Gus Stadler gstadler [at] haverford.edu, Director of the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.
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