Johns Hopkins University Press seeks a Research Historian who will be responsible for managing multiple projects at Hopkins Press. Under the direction of a senior historian who is writing an academically rigorous, comprehensive history of Johns Hopkins University, the Research Historian will undertake research in print and archival sources. The history of JHU will span the founding of the university in 1876 through recent times and be completed by early 2026. This is a full-time position that will last for at least two academic years, and likely longer, including the summers between them.

The Institutional History will address all parts of the university and include the origins of the first research university in the nation; the emergence of undergraduate and graduate education; the rise of academic research; the evolving roles of faculty, staff and the administration; the interplay of university and hospital; governance and organizational arrangements; the university’s interaction with the communities surrounding it (Baltimore, Washington D.C. and the Federal Government, and the world); questions of innovation and translational research; the impact of national political, socioeconomic, and cultural trends on the trajectory of the university (e.g., the uprisings in the 60s, issues of academic freedom and campus culture, the story of selective admissions and financial aid, and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion); as well as other topics to be outlined by the Senior Historian.

The Research Historian will work closely with JHU’s archivists and under the direction of the senior historian to conduct print and archival research to provide interpretation and contextualization of historic records and make thoughtful recommendations for inclusion in the project. Summarizing historical episodes and conducting oral histories will also be a part of the Research Historian’s responsibilities. This position reports to the Executive Director of Johns Hopkins University Press.

The Press is committed to honoring every person’s inherent dignity as human beings and making that the foundation of our organizational culture. We proactively find ways to ensure opportunities that promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We strive to publish courageously, giving voice to groundbreaking ideas. We support each other and our stakeholders and envision a future where knowledge enriches the lives of every person. The successful candidate will join a welcoming community that is inclusive and values the contributions and perspectives of individuals from all backgrounds.


This position must be worked from Baltimore, MD.
This position does not offer sponsorship.
This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree plus four years of graduate study in History or closely related field.
This position requires Primary and Secondary Research and Writing experience.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

-Conduct historical research in support of the JHU institutional history project.
-Collaborate with JHU and other archivists to identify, locate, and examine pertinent documents and records.
-Under the direction of the senior historian, summarize evidence surrounding specific people and events.
-Conduct oral histories, arrange for transcription in conjunction with the program manager, and place these histories into the context of the project.
-Take on writing assignments as directed.
-Collaborate with the team (senior historian and program manager) in assembling and consulting with a committee of historians and others charged with advising on the project.
-Assemble feedback from the committee of historians and follow through on their advice as prioritized in collaboration with the senior historian.
-Supervise temporary researchers (post-docs, graduate or undergraduate students), if necessary, during high-volume work periods.
-Weave diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion principles into all aspects of the work.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

-Bachelor’s Degree plus four years of graduate study in History or closely related field.
-Primary and Secondary Research and Writing experience.

* 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Ph.D. or advanced ABD in History or a closely related field.
-Professional experience conducting archival research.
-Demonstrated experience using historical methodology.
-Experience researching, writing, and editing.
-Time-management skills that will allow for an efficient, high-quality set of processes.
-Commitment to meeting deadlines.
-Excellent critical thinking and communication skills.
-Creative thinker; embracing new ideas.
-Inclusive in decision-making and problem-solving.
-Excel in effective use of resources; keen self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses.


Application deadline: August 26, 2022

Date posted: August 21, 2022