Brandeis University, South Asian Studies

Position ID:Brandeis-ENG-SAS-MHRSAS [#26885]
Position Title: Madeleine Haas Russell Distinguished Post-doctoral Fellow in Critical Caste Studies
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Waltham, Massachusetts 02453, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Critical Caste Studies
Appl Deadline:2024/03/01 11:59PMhelp popup** (posted 2023/12/15, listed until 2024/03/01)
Position Description:    

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The South Asian Studies Program at Brandeis University is seeking applications for a two-year Madeleine Haas Russell Distinguished Post-doctoral Fellow in the interdisciplinary field of Critical Caste Studies to begin on July 1, 2024, pending budgetary approval. We are looking for early-career scholars who center the study of caste, inequality and exclusion in understanding the cultures, languages and literatures, history, social relations, and/or politics of modern South Asia and who have a demonstrated record of actively working to dismantle entrenched caste and race hierarchies both in the academy and beyond. Disciplinary focus is open, but applications are encouraged from scholars who broaden institutional and scholarly conversations around inequality and exclusion—for instance, through the twin lenses of race and caste—who support transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives on caste, who engage centrally with the fields of Dalit Studies and/or Adivasi Studies, or who take intersectional approaches to caste, class, gender, religion, sexuality, and the environment.

Fellows will join other post-docs in the humanities, social sciences, and creative arts at Brandeis in a two-year cohort model that will include periodic meals, talks, teaching workshops, and writing groups to prepare for their own academic careers and to share their expertise with Brandeis. Each Fellow will be expected to teach 2 courses per academic year and offer 1 academic lecture during their time at Brandeis. In addition to a competitive salary, fellows will receive housing support and a modest research fund.

PhD required by start time. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, dissertation abstract, a one-paragraph personal statement describing the applicant's journey as a scholar and how their work brings together the personal and the scholarly, names and email addresses of two references, a list of 2-3 courses the applicant is interested in teaching, one sample syllabus in any discipline related to the field of study, and a writing sample of no more than 20 pages, double-spaced. Applications are due by March 1, 2024 and should be submitted via the AJO website: Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. For more information about this posting please contact Ulka Anjaria, Search Chair, at

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