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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Race in the Global Past through Native Lenses

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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Race in the Global Past through Native Lenses
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF09065

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and UCLA American Indian Studies Center are pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellow position that is part of the “Race in the Global Past through Native Lenses” project funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project will initiate a substantive collaboration between UCLA and California Native and Indigenous communities, with the goal of creating disciplinary pathways and improving institutional climate to counter the lack of Native epistemes in academic disciplines and improve conditions for recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty in the university.

One essential component of the project goals for institutional change is the epistemic and disciplinary rearticulation of museum and curatorial approaches and practice, including comparative historical-legal research on the processes and effects of racialization through collecting. Accordingly, one postdoctoral fellow will be housed within the UCLA Fowler Museum. The Fellow's activities will concern the broader epistemic work of the grant, through interdisciplinary and comparative research focusing on the interaction of long histories and new theorizations with institutional practices, with the focus on the Native and Indigenous communities in the Pacific Rim. The Fellow will have access to the museum's extensive collection, among whose many strengths are arts of the Northwest Coast and Oceania. Utilizing in-house archives, decades of university and community research on objects, and long-standing connections with international museums and arts agencies specializing in these arts, the Fowler staff will serve as an indispensable resource for the Fellow's research.

The Fellow will be part of the larger cohort of postdoctoral fellows (3-5 fellows) and a key participant of a collaborative cohort composed of Native American, Pacific Islander and/or other Indigenous community scholars-in-residence, members and representatives of Indigenous communities, faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students. This cohort will explore comparative historical, legal, ethical and racial aspects of access to cultural heritage, ownership, and the articulations of heritage through quarterly research workshops. In addition to participating in the co-learning aimed at working simultaneously with histories of academic concepts and disciplines and Indigenous knowledges, the Fellow will serve as a liaison between the museum and academic/research units and will interface with the Native and Pacific Islander and other Indigenous communities with whom the grant will collaborate.

The postdoctoral fellow will be appointed for two academic years (2024-2025 and 2025-2026), with the start date of July 1, 2024. The Fellow will work under the direct supervision of the grant PI and be housed at the Fowler Museum.

Minimum requirements: Ph.D. in a related field in hand by time of appointment; a research agenda that aligns with the “Race in the Global Past through Native Lenses” project themes and premodern and comparative focus; and the ability to work with collaborative cohorts and California Native and Indigenous communities. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the duration of the fellowship period, and to maintain active research and publication programs.

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UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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