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Postdoctoral Fellowships

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University is pleased to offer the following postdoctoral fellowships:

Academic Diversity Fellowship

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University is pleased to announce two Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity to begin in Fall 2022. These positions are designed to support the development of early-career scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers.

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University is pleased to announce two Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity to begin in Fall 2022. These positions are designed to support the development of early-career scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers. We especially encourage applications from individuals from sectors of the population historically underrepresented on the professorial faculties of US colleges and universities. These positions are subject to budgetary approval.

  • The initial appointment is a 12-month term position and will commence on August 1, 2022 and is renewable for a second year.
  • The position will require the incumbent to conduct research with an AU faculty mentor or mentors and teach one course per academic year, with an exception to be considered for those postdoc fellows in laboratory sciences. The fellows will also be expected to participate in College and University activities.
  • Salary is competitive and includes full health benefits. Fellows will also receive up to $3,000 each year for research related expenses and a one-time stipend of $2,000 (before taxes) to help offset relocation expenses.

Qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD or other terminal degree in their discipline by their start date. The position is open to all disciplines with priority given to STEM fields.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter of application outlining the candidate’s research and teaching interests, a description of how the candidate proposes to work with one or more specific College faculty mentors(s) and/or research center(s), a current curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation from scholars who know the candidate’s work well, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and electronic copies of recently published papers or working papers. Candidates are not required to contact potential AU mentors in advance. The materials of competitive applicants will be forwarded to those collaborators following an initial review. Questions should be directed to Haely Jardas, Special Assistant to the Dean, at 202-885-2446 (Please leave a message and allow 2 business days for a response) or email hjardas@american.edu.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University's health and safety directives please visit the AU vaccinations policy page. Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

Current Postdocs

Ashely B. Tisdale

Ashely B. Tisdale, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies at American University. She recently defended her dissertation “Reframing the Gothic: Race, Gender, and Disability in Multiethnic American Literature” with distinction. Her research interests include Black Feminist Studies, the ecoGothic, and biopolitics. Read her scholarship, “Transfigured Women: Race, Gender, and Disability in Alejandro Morales’s The Rag Doll Plagues,” in Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures (2019).

Mentor: Lily Wong (CRGC)

Steven Dashiell

Steven Dashiell is an interdisciplinary sociologist who studies language, specifically the nature of discourses in male-dominated subcultures. His work looks at how understood assumptions in language and behavior work to set rules in these spaces that reflect on our interpretations of masculinity. His recent work in progress looks at groups as wide ranging as the military, barbershop patrons, gamers, and Bronies.

Mentors: Andy Phelps (Game Center & CSC) and Celine Pascale (Sociology)

Selin Secil Akin

Dr. Selin Secil Akin is a Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity in the Economics Department at American University. She is affiliated with the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds an MA degree from Ankara University and a BSc degree from the Middle East Technical University. Prior to joining AU, she worked as a research fellow at Ankara University, where she taught Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Contemporary Global Issues, and Economics of Gender. She was also an associate editor for Ankara University SBF Journal between 2020-2022.

Her research focuses on gender and macroeconomics. She wrote her dissertation on the impact of fiscal and monetary policies on gender specific employment outcomes. She is currently working on the following areas: gender aware macroeconomic modeling, gender equality and macroeconomic policies, and the relationship between unpaid elderly care work and female labor force participation.

Mentor: Mieke Meurs

Delio Vasquez

Delio Vasquez is political theorist and philosopher.  He is concerned with the political meaning of everyday crime and the lived experience of the poor.  He combines intellectual history, Black Studies, history from below, and decolonial thought to examine the construction of the 'criminal' and the criminalization of property theft during the early modern period and the late 20th century.  Equally, he draws upon traditions in philosophical skepticism, empiricism, phenomenology, feminist theory, and affect theory to examine how modern life shapes and limits our ability to experience the suffering of others.  He is currently working on book projects on: Michel Foucault's theory of popular illegalisms, Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton's philosophical writings, and the limits of the concepts of war and sovereignty for understanding popular law-breaking.

Mentors: Perry Zurn, Orisnami Burton

Afghan Exile Scholar Fellowship

The College of Arts and Sciences at American University is pleased to announce a Postdoctoral Fellowship for an Afghan scholar in exile to begin in Spring 2022. This fellowship is designed to support the further development of a scholar with a strong record of research and teaching who would incur personal risk if they were to return to Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover of that country.

The appointment is for three semesters and will commence on January 1, 2022 with a renewal for academic year 2022-23.

Qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD or other terminal degree in their discipline by their start date. The position is open to all disciplines. The incumbent is expected to conduct research with an AU faculty mentor or mentors and teach two courses during the fellowship period. The fellows will also be expected to participate in School and University activities.

Application Instructions

Salary is competitive and includes full health benefits. The fellow will also receive up to $3,000 each year for research related expenses and a one-time stipend of $2,000 (before taxes) to help offset relocation expenses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit Afghan Exile Scholar applications via Interfolio. Applications should include a letter of application outlining the candidate’s research and teaching interests, a current curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation from scholars who know the candidate’s work well, and electronic copies of recently published papers or working papers. Candidates are not required to contact potential AU mentors in advance. Questions should be directed to Haely Jardas, Special Assistant to the Dean, at 202-885-2446 (Please leave a message and allow 2 business days for a response) or email hjardas@american.edu.

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. To ensure the health and safety of our community, American University requires that all faculty and staff are vaccinated for Covid-19. To learn more about American University's health and safety directives visit the vaccinations policy webpage.

Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

Current Postdoc

M. Bashir Mobasher

M. Bashir Mobasher is a postdoctoral fellow at the American University’s Department of Sociology. Prior to that, Bashir was an assistant professor of political science at the American University of Afghanistan between 2018 and 2021. In addition to his academic experience, he has several years of working experience with USAID’s rule of law project (2010-2013) INL’s legal education reform project (2017-2020), Max Planck’s administrative & constitutional law reform (2021), and International IDEA’s multiple research projects (2021-2022). Dr. Bashir is an expert in constitutional design in divided societies. He has authored, reviewed, and supervised numerous research projects on constitutional law, electoral systems, and identity politics. His recent research projects are centered around decentralization prospects in plural Afghanistan, discrimination and law, divided legal systems in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the politics of ethnic accommodation. Dr. Bashir obtained his BA (2007) from the School of Law and Political Science at Kabul University, and his LLM (2010) and PhD (2017) from the University of Washington School of Law.

Mentor: Ernesto Castañeda

Postdoctoral Fellow in Holocaust Studies

The Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow faculty position for Academic Years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 and is pending funding. This fellowship is offered in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. The appointment is a 24-month term position and will commence on August 1, 2022.

The Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow faculty position for Academic Years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 and is pending funding. This fellowship is offered in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. The appointment is a 24-month term position and will commence on August 1, 2022.

This fellowship seeks an emerging scholar in Holocaust Studies, broadly conceived, who demonstrates evidence for a promising scholarly trajectory and potential for excellence in teaching. The position will require the incumbent to teach one course per semester (fall and spring) per Academic Year at American University. Course assignments will be made in consultation with the Director of the Jewish Studies Program. The fellow will be expected to hold office hours and participate in American University activities. 

In addition, the fellow will join the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 cohort of fellows at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and will be expected to conduct research in the USHMM’s collections and participate in the ongoing activities, including the weekly fellows’ seminar, of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. 

Salary and benefits are competitive.  Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation's capital. Our more than 12,000 students are globally diverse, and the university's mission is carried out by 848 full-time faculty and nearly 1,700 full­ time staff. 94 percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field and among our adjunct faculty are policy makers, diplomats, journalists, artists, writers, scientists and business leaders.

Qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD or other terminal degree by August 1st, 2022.

Application Instructions

Include a letter of application describing research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (dissertation chapter or publication). Please contact Professor Pamela Nadell, Director of the Jewish Studies Program, 202-885-2025 or pnadell@american.edu if you have any questions.  

Current Postdoc

Kathryn Huether

Dr. Kathryn Agnes Huether received her PhD in Musicology from the University of Minnesota. She is the 2021-2022 American University and Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship and the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship, and USHMM’s Summer Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Dr. Huether holds a second Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and Religious Studies from Montana State University. 

Dr. Huether’s dissertation, “Centering the Sonic: Sound Mediation in Holocaust Memory, Memorials, and Museums,” examines Holocaust representation for its sonic qualities and their modes of mediation. She is currently working on history of USHMM’s First Person program (2000-present), examining the reoccurring survivor testimonies specifically for sonic elements of vocal aging with her project, “Conversational Testimony: Performative Monologues, Vocal Palimpsests, and Virtual Holograms.” Dr. Huether has presented her research across the globe, including the special session of Lessons and Legacies in Munich, Germany (2019), the American Musicological Society, Yad Vashem, and the German Studies Association, and has been an invited speaker at Montana State University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and the University of Toronto. Dr. Huether is an advocate for what she deems “practical musicology,” and strives to be a scholar who has a tangible impact on public discourse, informed by a far-ranging scope and approach.