Postdoctoral Fellow

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore County, Maryland
Closing date
Dec 2, 2021

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The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University is seeking one Postdoctoral Fellow for a two-year term, working with Professors Lester Spence and Robbie Shilliam on a Mellon Foundation funded Sawyer Seminar entitled "Rethinking the Right to the City through the Black Radical Tradition". The Fellowship will begin January 2022 and finish December 2023.
In the contemporary era of neoliberal crisis, Black urban cultural production has once more exerted an oversized influence on broad re-conceptualizations of the "public". This Sawyer Seminar will bring the work of Henri Lefebvre and James and Grace Lee Boggs into structured conversation over contemporary struggles for the right to the city in three locations - Rio de Janeiro, London, and Balitmore. Anchored in Baltimore and taking place in locations on and off campus over the course of two years, the Sawyer Seminar will enjoin academics, organizers, and artists to radically reimagine the relationship between national publics and black rights in ways that variously posit the city as a key site of struggle. The successful applicant will join a School that recognizes faculty diversity as key to ensuring excellence in research and teaching and that enjoys vibrant interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations on race, racism, and anti-racism.
Duties of the Fellowship include:
- Working with Professors Spence and Shilliam in thematizing, organizing and moderating the seminars;
- Supervising graduate student fellows in their production of Seminar "afterlives", primarily (but not solely) in the form of a public facing online-repository;
- Teaching one course per year through Hopkins' Center for Social Concern, bringing community partners into the classroom as co-teachers of Hopkins students;
- Writing one research article directly related to the Seminar's activities and content.
It is expected that the successful applicant will find the work of the Sawyer Seminar to be directly relevant - methodologically and/or substantively - to their existing research. In this respect, synergetic work towards publication of the Postdoctoral Fellow's own research will be encouraged and supported throughout the two years of the fellowship. The successful applicant will be mentored by Professors Spence and Shilliam as well as a core faculty member in the candidate's field and who will be associated with the Sawyer Seminar.
Candidates will hold a PhD in Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, or Africana Studies. Candidates will demonstrate research interests in Black politics (broadly conceived), possess a humanistic and reflective approach to methodology and research design, and be experienced in extra-mural engagement with urban communities.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a description of scholarly activity, and three letters of reference. All application material should be submitted online via Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2021, no new applications will be received after 15th November, 2021.
Job Type: Full Time Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant.

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