Cornell University, Department of History

Position ID:Cornell-History-FOTMPD [#24191, WDR-00035164]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate, Freedom on the Move
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: History / Historical Geography
Digital Humanities
Appl Deadline:2023/03/15 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2023/01/19, finished 2023/09/25, listed until 2023/07/19)
Position Description:    

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

Freedom on the Move, a multi-institution digital history project based at Cornell, seeks a two-year postdoctoral associate to join a team that is building a free and open digital archive of all extant North American “runaway slave” ads. A successful candidate will bring subject-relevant expertise in areas such as the history of marronage, Black resistance, freedom-seeking, and/or racialized policing. Research methodologies may include humanistic approaches to GIS (Geographic Information Systems); digital humanities, or other relevant approaches.

Working with FOTM leadership, the post-doc will contribute to the continued growth of the project.  In addition, the post-doc will be expected to: 1) advance their research program; 2) teach one class per academic year in a relevant discipline, and 3) help manage and mentor graduate students working for FOTM.  Responsibility, initiative, and the ability to work collaboratively are essential.

This is a full-time, 12-month academic position which is eligible for reappointment and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The position starts at the beginning of academic year 2022-2023 (July 1, 2023.)

Candidates should submit the following materials for consideration via AJO by March 15, 2022 for full consideration.   

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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Further Info:
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Cornell University
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