Postdoctoral Fellow - Center for Great Plains Studies

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Center for Great Plains Studies


Center for Great Plains Studies-1077

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The Center for Great Plains Studies (CGPS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the history of African Americans in Oklahoma and/or African Americans in the American West to carry out both quantitative and interpretive research on Black homesteading in Oklahoma. The Fellowship will extend the work of the Black Homesteader project at CGPS. The Fellow will co-publish a report and academic articles and provide digital content to the National Park Service homesteading website. The Fellow will work with a team of researchers under the direction of supervisors at both the University of Oklahoma and the CGPS AT UNL. Position is for one year, but renewable for a second year. Remote working option available; some travel required.

The Fellow will join a team of researchers to 1) carry out research on the Black homesteading experience in Oklahoma using census data and the records of the General Land Office, 2) co-produce a report on Black Homesteading in Oklahoma, 3) co-write articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and other publications, and 4) provide digital content to populate the National Park Service-Homestead National Monument of America’s website featuring African American homesteaders and their experiences in the Great Plains region.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

PhD in African American Studies, American History, Ethnic Studies, or a related discipline relevant to the humanistic social sciences.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of the history of African Americans in Oklahoma and/or expertise in African Americans in the American West.
  2. Familiarity with the history of federal land policies on the Great Plains.
  3. Experience with quantitative census records research and archival government records.
  4. Experience with data collection, archival research, and digital humanities research.
  5. Strong written and oral communication skills.

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative Information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three professional references, and a writing sample no larger than 9 MB (attach as “Other Document”).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Sarah Giles
[email protected]

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