Cornell University, Anthropology

Position ID:Cornell-Anthropology-POSTDOC [#13808]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Critical Heritage Studies
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Anthropology / Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Humanities, Political Anthropology, Social Sciences, Sociocultural
Appl Deadline:2019/06/12 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/05/29, finished 2019/12/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021, or before their start date if after December 8.

Cornell University’s CIVIC initiative invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Associate position, starting in Fall 2019. We invite applications from scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the last three years with a specialization in critical heritage studies focused on the material world including architecture, monuments, and other forms. Discipline of specialization is open to any area of the humanities and social sciences (including archaeology, anthropology, art history, classics, history, and political science), as well as architecture.

The CIVIC Postdoctoral Associate will teach two courses per year, and will deliver at least one public lecture each year. Additionally, the position-holder will help organize and participate in the regular meetings of the CIVIC Research Group on "Unsettled Monuments, Unsettling Heritage," an intensive faculty research collaboration focused on examining the formation, transformation, and erasure of heritage and architecture.

The balance of the Postdoctoral Associate’s time is to be devoted to her/his own research. The faculty members of the CIVIC CoLab will serve as faculty mentors in order to assist in their professional development. The CIVIC Postdoctoral Associate is required to be in residence at Cornell during the semesters of her/his tenure, but is free to conduct fieldwork in the summer or during the winter break if desired. The salary for this position will be $53,000 per year, with benefits, and with up to $3,000 per year available in research funds. Materials must be received before June 12, 2019 to receive full consideration.

Eligibility: Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree no earlier than January 1, 2016. Applicants who will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (including filing the dissertation) before appointment in August 2019 are eligible to apply. The completion date for the Ph.D. degree will in no circumstances be waived or extended.

Teaching: The position-holder is expected to teach four classes during the two years at Cornell to be determined in consultation with the CIVIC CoLab members and relevant department chairs. The timing and content of offerings will be negotiated after the fellow has accepted the position.

Applications: Applications must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online. Please submit (1) a letter of application; (2) CV; (3) writing sample (of less than 30 pages); (4) descriptions (no more than 100 words) of two courses (one lecture, one seminar) that the candidate proposes to teach as a fellow; and (5) letters from two references who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications. Questions about the position or the application process should be addressed to Durba Ghosh ( or Adam T. Smith (

Cornell University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and educator.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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