The Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society (PRSS) invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate to work with PRSS and the Penn and Slavery Project, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. The Penn and Slavery Project investigates the University of Pennsylvania’s relationship to the institution of slavery. PRSS’s work in the Penn and Slavery Project focuses on the legacies of slavery and racism in medical education. PRSS seeks to foster transformative approaches to the role of race in science and society through collaborative engagement with scientists, scholars, and students from social science, biological, medical, public health, and humanistic perspectives.

The postdoctoral research associate will synthesize the Penn and Slavery Project’s prior findings regarding the connections between Penn’s medical school and slavery, research the legacy of the medical school’s connections with slavery in historical and contemporary medical training, participate in developing proposals for addressing that legacy in collaboration with the medical school, and help to share the project’s findings and proposals with the Penn community and the broader public.

Applicants must hold a PhD in History, Africana Studies, or a related field or expect to receive such a degree by July 1, 2019.

Applications should be addressed to PRSS director, Prof. Dorothy Roberts, and submitted electronically via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin March 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include a cover letter, CV, letters from 3 references, and a writing sample.

PRSS is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.


Penn Program on Race, Science, & Society Center for Africana Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Posting Date: 02/07/2019

Closing Date: 03/02/2019