Carceral State Project, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Public History and Memory
The University of Michigan Carceral State Project seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to contribute to and help coordinate its Documenting Criminalization, Confinement, and Resistance (DCCR) research initiative. DCCR is a collaborative, multifaceted public engagement project committed to investigating the historical and contemporary contours of the carceral state in its broadest dimensions–encompassing prisons and jails, policing and prosecution, immigrant detention and mixed-status communities, activists and impacted populations, policies and discourses–in the state of Michigan and in the modern U.S.
The postdoctoral fellow will focus full-time on the DCCR project with both research and administrative responsibilities. The fellow will 1) collaborate with the faculty project directors (Heather Ann Thompson and Matthew Lassiter) on the advancement of specific research projects, especially the Confronting Conditions of Confinement initiative that documents experience and resistance inside prisons and jails; 2) assist in the coordination of research teams; and 3) assist in communications and outreach to public audiences and community organizations. The fellow will be a core member of the DCCR research initiative and will coauthor various reports and digital publications.
Candidates must achieve the Ph.D. degree by Sept. 1, 2023, the starting date of the appointment. The position is for twelve months with the potential for reappointment for the 2024-2025 academic year. The fellow will be based in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the administrative home of the Carceral State Project’s DCCR initiative. Applicants from a broad range of humanities and social science disciplines are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience related to the American carceral state is preferred.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit an application as soon as possible as a combined pdf file. Interviews may begin as soon as the minimum posting period has elapsed or soon after February 1, 2023, depending on the quality/strength of the applicant pool. The application should include a cover letter; c.v.; and a separate personal statement detailing relevant experiences, research interests, DEI work, and evidence of commitment to publicly engaged and/or community engaged scholarship. Two letters of reference should be submitted directly by the recommenders. Submit the application and letters separately to firstname.lastname@example.org with the last name of the applicant at the start of each document.
Hours/Days: 8:00AM – 5:00PM, Monday - Friday; some weekend and evening hours may be required.
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