Postdoctoral Researcher at rank Instructor, Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 01-Feb-24

Location: Chicago, IL

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 140210


The Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity at the University of Chicago is accepting applications for a non-renewable, two-year Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor in Black and/or Urban Studies. This NEH funded position is part of the Oak Woods Project, a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative centered on a historic cemetery located in Woodlawn, Chicago. The successful candidate will: teach one course a year that will be cross-listed in RDI and the Chicago Studies program at the University; will help develop a partnership with CPS as part of the project; it is expected that they will participate in the intellectual life of RDI; and, they may, if they so choose, participate in future grant applications to extend and expand the project.  If the candidate wishes to teach a second course, of their design and choosing, that will be possible.



Candidates must have a PhD (in hand by September 15, 2024) in a relevant field including, but not limited to: Black Studies, Diaspora Studies, Urban Studies, American Studies, Public History, Anthropology, Sociology, English, Geography, or History. Candidates with experience with, or interest in, public history and public education collaborations are preferred.



Applicants are required to apply online at the University of Chicago's Interfolio site at and include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a research statement addressing current and future plans for research, 4) a teaching statement addressing teaching experience and philosophy 5) an article or chapter-length writing sample, and 6) three letters of recommendation. Consideration of applications will begin on March 15, 2024, and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled or the search is ended.


All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University's Statements on Diversity are at .

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination .

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email [email protected] with their request.

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