Cornell University, Vice Provost Units

Position ID:Cornell-Vice Provost Units-POSTDOCGRJ [#18464, WDR-00025474]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Humanities and Social Sciences
Global Culture
International Relations
Migration (more...)
Appl Deadline:2021/05/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/04/14, updated 2021/04/13, listed until 2021/05/15)
Position Description:    

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The Global Racial Justice research program within the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University aims to cultivate new collaborations that advance scholarship, knowledge dissemination, teaching, outreach, and engagement with the general public. We seek to generate new insights into the intersectional, multi-faceted, globally relevant, and locally contextualized challenge of racial, ethnic, and/or religious inequality and discrimination. Racial justice is broadly defined within an international landscape. We wish to provide a stronger understanding and evidentiary basis for policy and social reconciliations and redress. 

The Einaudi Global Racial Justice (GRJ) Post-doctoral Fellows may conduct research in any discipline, including the natural, quantitative, and social sciences, humanities, and the creative arts, as well as interdisciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplines. The Fellows will be selected from a pool of applicants based on their research's promise for cultivating dialogue, nurturing collaboration across academic disciplines, and integrating, synthesizing, and building upon existing disciplinary contributions to global racial justice research, broadly conceived. The candidates will also be asked to organize programming, pedagogical and research events to contribute to efforts by the Einaudi Center to advance Cornell's position as a global leader in the study of identity, rights, and equity. 

The fellowship will be conferred to the selected applicant with a Ph.D. completed within the last five years. The scholar will be housed within the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, working closely with the GRJ faculty task force and GRJ graduate student fellows. While holding this appointment, the scholar will work to generate new knowledge that addresses key themes and concerns in this thematic priority area and contribute to strategic planning for the future of the initiative. We are open to research on a variety of related topics, including land/dispossession, health and well-being, locally defined racisms, unequal justice, the role of the police and the carceral state, accountability and policy mechanisms, systems, structures, and institutions that perpetuate racial inequality and violence, and applied applications toward racial healing and a more just world. We also support public scholarship, thought leadership, exhibitions and installations, community extension work, and advocacy campaigns for antiracism and racial justice in education, migration and citizenship regimes, climate and land policy, economic opportunities, food systems, health, politics, and policing. 

The Fellows will contribute to the Global Racial Justice initiative by organizing programming, colloquia, coordinating with faculty and students, running a graduate student working group, identifying and liaising with global partners and community engagement, and supporting the communications team to disseminate the team's research and events. During semesters when they are not teaching, awardees will split their time roughly between their independent research and the research of the Einaudi Center Global Racial Justice Initiative. When they are teaching, awardees will spend approximately 50% of their time on their independent research, 25% of their time on Einaudi Center GRJ collaboration, and 25% of their time teaching. 

Awardees must have earned the doctoral degree within five years of beginning their fellowship. Candidates with more than five years of postdoctoral experience and those who received their Ph.D. from Cornell are not eligible. Awardees may not simultaneously hold any other paid or unpaid position during the term of the appointment. Before starting their fellowship, candidates will be asked to confirm that their doctoral degree has been conferred. 

How to Apply: 
  • The completed application, including three letters of reference, must be received by the application deadline of May 15, 2021. Applicants must submit biographical information, including the expected (or actual) date that they will receive their Ph.D. degree. Eligible applicants must have their Ph.D. conferred before beginning the fellowship. 
  • Full CV in PDF format. 
  • Description of proposed research (maximum of 2 pages, single-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, PDF format). 
  • Statement of Contributions of Diversity 
  • Three references, one of whom must be the applicant's doctoral advisor. Please note that all references must be received by the application deadline on May 15, 2021. 
Applicants being seriously considered for the fellowship will be invited to participate in an interview via electronic conference with the selection committee.

Please note that non-U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who are offered a Global Racial Justice Fellowship will be required to provide additional information to obtain a valid visa and/or work authorization. The GRJ Fellowship does not support H1B visa status. 

Fellows are appointed for a one-year term with the potential for a second-year renewal. The Einaudi Center Director will lead the second-year renewal process in consultation with the GRJ faculty research team. Fellowship start date is negotiable between July 1 and September 1, 2021. Candidates will be notified of selection decisions by June 15, 2021. 

Supervision: Fellows will be housed within the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and will work closely with the Center Director. Fellows will teach one class per year in a department closely related to their field of study.

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. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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