Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Brandeis University

Position ID:Brandeis-Mellon-Sawyer-MELLONSAWYER [#8688]
Position Title: Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Revolutions
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Humanities
Social Sciences
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2016/12/08, finished 2017/10/20, listed until 2017/06/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Mellon Sawyer Seminar at Brandeis University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship for 2017-2018. The position will hold the title of Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Revolutions with the rank of Lecturer. The theme for this seminar is “Misplaced Dreams and Forgotten Revolutions: Conceptualizing Twentieth Century Revolutions in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.” Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the seminar will situate revolutionary movements from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East in comparative dialogue with one another in order to reconceive revolutionary theories, practices, and programs.


The fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences whose research investigates revolutionary movements in the twentieth century and whose work is interdisciplinary in scope. Geographical specialization is open. Preference will be given to scholars working on:

• Revolutions in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa • Revolutionary movements constituted by diasporic populations connected to Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa • Theories of comparative revolutions applicable to these regions


The fellowship is a one-year residential appointment beginning in the Fall of 2017. The salary will be $53,000. In addition, $2000 in funding is available for research, travel, and related expenses. Fringe benefits, including health insurance will be available during the appointment period.

While in residence at Brandeis, the postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for attending and contributing to all seminar meetings and working with graduate students participating in the seminar. The fellow will also teach an undergraduate course on a topic related to their research during their fellowship year.

Applications will be received online at Please submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample of no more than thirty pages, and three letters of recommendation. The committee will start reviewing applications on January 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. All candidates must have received their Ph.D. after June 30, 2013 and must have finished all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 1, 2017.

Brandeis University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. We thus strongly encourage members of underrepresented minorities to apply for this postdoctoral fellowship.

If you have any questions, contact Greg Childs ( or Naghmeh Sohrabi (

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Brandeis University
Department of History
Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow Search Committee
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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