Brandeis University, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Position ID:Brandeis-WGS-LECT1 [#24268]
Position Title: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Gender Based Violence
Starting Date:2023/07/01
Appl Deadline:2023/03/20 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/02/03, finished 2023/09/23, listed until 2023/08/03)
Position Description:    

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

Brandeis University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to participate in the John E. Sawyer Seminar, “Imperiled Bodies: Slavery, Colonialism, Citizenship, and the Logics of Gender-Based Violence.” The Fellow will be housed in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and affiliated with the Women’s Studies Research Center. We seek scholars whose research focuses on gender-based violence and its intersection with heteropatriarchy, slavery, colonialism, imperialism, racism, capitalism, and other oppressive structures and regimes. The seminar will explore the logics and mechanisms by which violence becomes embedded in the ordinary and quotidian as well as ruptures and acts of resistance that transform the law, the social imaginary, social institutions, and everyday life. Given the seminar’s interdisciplinary and comparative framework, we welcome applicants from any discipline whose research intersects with the concerns of the seminar. The Fellow is required to be in residence for the 2023-2024 academic year and be an active participant in all aspects of the seminar. Primary responsibilities will be to conduct original research on a topic related to gender-based violence; attend and participate in the seminar meetings and other activities; consult regularly with the Principal Investigators (Anita Hill and Harleen Singh) and seminar organizers; engage with seminar participants and host visiting scholars; and write content for the project website, blog, and social media.

The Fellowship carries a nine-month appointment beginning August 2024 and a stipend of $60,000 plus benefits. To apply, candidates must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree by July 1, 2023. First consideration will be given to applications received by March 1, 2023.

Please send a cover letter that outlines your research and teaching interests. You should also send a CV; a writing sample of no more than 30 pages in length; the names and contact information of three references; and a statement about your contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion and your ideas about advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) during your time at Brandeis. Please submit these documents electronically to Please direct any questions to Harleen Singh or ChaeRan Freeze at or At Brandeis, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of academic excellence. Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to creating equitable access and opportunities for applicants to all employment positions. Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of Brandeis’ history and mission, we value and are seeking candidates that represent a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation, and who, through their scholarly pursuits and creative endeavors, teaching, and/or service experiences, bring expertise in building, engaging, and sustaining a pluralistic, just, and inclusive campus community. Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge that Brandeis University, where we teach, research, and reside, occupies Nipmuc, Massachusett, and Pawtucket homelands and territories.

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Brandeis University
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453