Postdoctoral Associate in American Studies (Four Positions)

The Department of English at Montclair State University invites applications for four National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded Postdoctoral Associate positions in American Studies.  The NEH-scholar roles are 12-month positions commencing January 2022 with responsibilities for teaching and conducting research on the theme of “Rediscovering American Democracy: Teaching the Humanities in the Time of COVID.” Ideal projects will bring the methods of humanistic inquiry to bear on pressing social issues laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic such as (but not limited to) racial justice, gender equality, environmental vulnerability, and the preservation and expansion of democratic ideals. It is possible that these positions may, after the term of the NEH grant, be converted into three-year visiting assistant professorships to play a key role in staffing the nascent program.

We are particularly interested in scholars working in the subfields of Asian-American, Black, Ethnic, Indigenous/Native American, Latinx, and Queer/Gender Studies, as well as Environmental Studies and Popular Culture. We seek candidates with a record of pedagogical and curricular innovation as well as scholarly excellence. Candidates’ scholarship should focus on the United States, but comparative, hemispheric, and transnational projects are welcome.

The postdoctoral award will provide exceptional opportunities: collaboration with other NEH postdoctoral associates hired in this cluster; mentorship from senior faculty and outside scholars; summer working groups to support research; and a teaching load designed to enable progress on a major research project. Each associate will teach one course per semester in English, History, Film, or a related discipline.

In pursuing their scholarly research, each associate will also participate in bi-weekly faculty seminars to develop a course in a new program in American Studies designed to apply the study of the Humanities to contemporary issues of pressing concern through study and reconsideration of United States culture in the past or present.  


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the university’s largest academic unit with over 5000 Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral students. CHSS awards BA, MA, and PhD degrees through its 16 departments and 9 programs with over 30 majors and 50 minors. Offering traditional and interdisciplinary learning, the College is home to outstanding researchers across all disciplines while its faculty are also superb classroom instructors. The College proudly embraces the university’s diversity and its dual mission of promoting both research excellence and social mobility through transformative, accessible education.



  • PhD required; may consider advanced applicants who have completed all degree requirements by September 1, 2022.


  • Candidates with an earned doctorate within five years of beginning of award.
  • Candidates with scholarship in the subfields of Asian-American, Black, Ethnic, Indigenous/Native American, Latinx, and Queer/Gender Studies, as well as Environmental Studies, Film and Popular Culture


Montclair State University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Montclair State University’s commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global citizen.  As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of MSU and who value teaching a diverse student population, many of whom are first generation students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

SALARY:  The positions are grant funded and offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

START DATE:  January 3, 2022


  • Cover letter, curriculum vitae, , which can be uploaded during the application process.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, which can be sent to:


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The positions are open until filled and application review will begin immediately with priority consideration to applications received by November 29, 2021. 

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With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, and the second largest, Montclair State is a designated R2 Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, and a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.  The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs through 10 colleges and schools.  With a student body of 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 22 states and 13 countries, the University has an expansive campus life with on-campus residential capacity of 5,300, more than 120 student organizations, and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams.

The dynamic diversity of the University’s community has been acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education through its recognition of Montclair State as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as a “Top Degree Producer” among institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students.

Montclair State University is proud to be committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in its recruitment and employment practices. The University is an inclusive, richly diverse community that fosters mutual respect, tolerance and understanding among all students and employees.




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