Postdoctoral Research Associate in Law and Difference

Princeton, NJ
Oct 05, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

Princeton University's Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Study is pleased to announce one residential Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior position, renewable for a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance. During the academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies will focus of the topic of "Law & Legalities." In conjunction with our program of residential fellowships, we invite recent Ph.D.'s to apply for a postdoctoral position focused on the more specific topic of "Law & Difference." The successful candidate will work on some aspect of how the social construction and lived experience of difference-such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, ability/disability, or age-intersect with legal, illegal, quasi-legal, and extra-legal forms of social order. We invite candidates working on any time period or geographical area, and especially encourage applicants whose work ranges beyond the twentieth century United States. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be engaged in full-time work on the proposed historical project during the first year, and may teach up to one undergraduate course per semester in the second year (if renewed) pending need, enrollments, and with the approval of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. The "Law & Difference" position is strictly residential, as the Postdoctoral Research Associate will also participate in all of the Davis Center's weekly activities (along with the Center's other fellows). The program is designed to nurture the academic career of an emerging scholar by providing opportunities to pursue research and possibly teach while gaining mentoring from Princeton faculty and the resident Davis Center fellows. The initial expected term of appointment is July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, with renewal possible for a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will receive a competitive salary along with University benefits and an annual research fund of $5,000. Application Process We invite applications from qualified candidates in the early years of their academic careers who do not yet hold tenure-track academic positions. A Ph.D. is required for the appointment. Applicants must apply online at and submit a cover letter, CV, research statement (3,000 words), writing sample (no more than 35 pages), proposal for a undergraduate history course related to the program theme, and contact information for three references. Applications received by January 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST will receive full consideration. Information about the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies can be found at This position is subject to the University's background check policy.


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