As an interdisciplinary academic program, AAAS welcomes applications from scholars who have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching within the broad, multi-disciplinary fields of African-American, African, Caribbean, or Diaspora Studies. The goal of the postdoctoral program is to augment current curricular offerings and to continue building a robust intellectual community. We are especially interested in applicants whose work aligns with the main thematic emphases and scholarly pathways of our undergraduate major.  These thematic emphases include: 

  • Art and Cultural Expression (including literature, performance studies, art and visual culture, cultural theory, etc.)
  • Historical Inquiry
  • Identity and Intersectional Analysis (including gender and sexuality studies, religious studies, etc.)
  • Media, Science, and Technology (including journalism and communications, digital studies, environmental studies, biotechnology, science, technology, and society, etc.)
  • Social Science Inquiry (including education and education policy, linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.)
  • Politics and the Law (including public policy, government, international relations, etc.)
  • Race, Health, and Medicine
  • Social Impact and Entrepreneurship (including social movements, community-based research, etc.)

The Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to teach two courses, one reflecting their research or content area and another course teaching analytic and research methods appropriate to their discipline.  They will also be expected to deliver one talk during the year and serve as respondents during our spring Emerging Scholars Conference.  Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire duration of the program and participate in the larger intellectual life of the AAAS community.

Required Qualifications: 

Successful applicants should demonstrate innovation and promise in teaching and research.  Applicants should have also been awarded a PhD or terminal degree between June 2015 and September 2018.

Required Application Materials: 

Application Instructions
Please submit (1) Cover Letter, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) Sample Syllabi for two proposed courses, (4) Relevant Teaching Evaluations, (5) Writing Sample [max 30 pages], (6) Three Letters of Recommendation. Please submit items 1-5 in one PDF document. Recommenders can submit letters directly to email address noted in the How to Submit Application Materials section.

We will begin reviewing applications on May 4, 2018.