The Program in African & African American Studies (AAAS) at Stanford University invites applications for its Postdoctoral Visiting Fellows Program.

This is a one-year fixed term position for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fellows are welcome to reapply for a second year, given satisfactory performance and available funding.

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 while supporting the research and growth of emerging scholars. 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 inquiry and practice that engages language, literature, performance studies, art and visual culture, philosophy, religious studies, ethnomusicology, etc.)
• Historical Inquiry
• Gender and Sexuality Studies
• Media, Science, and Technology (including journalism and communications, digital studies, science, technology, and society, environmental studies, etc.)
• Social Science Inquiry (including education and education policy, linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, etc.)
• Politics and the Law (including public policy, government, international relations, etc.)
• Race, Health, and Medicine (including biotechnology, medical sociology/anthropology, etc.)
• Social Impact and Entrepreneurship (including social movements, community-based research, etc.)


The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to teach two courses: an introductory course as well as an additional advanced class reflecting the Fellow’s research or content area. They will also be expected to deliver one talk during the year and participate in at least one ongoing workshop, lecture series, or colloquium. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire duration of the program (September 2019-August 2020) and participate in the larger intellectual life of the Stanford community. Fellows are awarded $65,000 + $2,000 in travel and research funds.


Successful applicants should demonstrate innovation and promise in teaching and research. Applicants should have also been awarded a PhD or terminal degree between June 2016 and September 2019.

Application Instructions

In one pdf document, 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] to

Please also solicit Three Letters of Recommendation. Please instruct your recommenders to send their letters to and include the subject line: “Recommendation for [Your Last Name]”

We will begin reviewing applications on June 24, 2019.