Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of American Studies

November 16, 2022

In consort with the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVA Department of American Studies hopes to provide a departmental home to a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies.  We seek a rising scholar (candidates who received (or will receive) their Ph.D. degree between August 24, 2020 and August 24, 2023). We will consider all qualified applications whose scholarship advances American Studies. We welcome antiracist, feminist, queer, transnational, postcolonial, and decolonial theoretical perspectives on any topic. For example, approaches to scholarship may include, but are not limited to: carceral studies; race and the environment; disability justice; place-making; and/or rural studies.

We see this 2-year postdoctoral fellowship as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ mission to further our understanding of the legacies of racial inequity and to enhance the career trajectory of an underrepresented scholar whose work focuses on interdisciplinary inquiry into questions related to the Race, Justice and Equity.

Possible specializations include but are not limited to:  

  • North American Indigenous Studies.
  • Native American Studies.
  • Pacific Islander Studies.
  • Native Hawaiian Studies.
  • Black and Indigenous Studies.
  • Black and Latinx Studies.
  • Indigenous and Latinx Studies.
  • Afro-Latinidades Studies.
  •  Afro-Indigenous Studies. 

Please contact Penny Von Eschen (pmv3c@virginia.edu), Department Chair, with any questions.  

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