Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies

The Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Studies.

We seek candidates with a research and teaching profile in critical ethnic studies and/or Indigenous Studies. We are especially interested in applicants whose teaching deploys multidisciplinary perspectives, methods, and approaches to knowledge formation and transfer. As a multidisciplinary program, we welcome candidates from all fields in the humanities and interpretive social sciences; candidates working in histories, popular culture and media studies, environmental studies, arts and activism, war and empire, and other fields are welcome to apply. We especially welcome scholars who implement frameworks of comparative or relational racialization and transnationalism.

The American Culture Studies (AMCS) program in Arts & Sciences at Washington University fosters the multidisciplinary study of the Americas. We promote a pluralistic and transnational view of American historical, social, political, material, and cultural contexts. We offer one major (American Culture Studies) and two minors (American Culture Studies and Asian American Studies) in our undergraduate program, and offer a certificate program for doctoral students from a variety of fields.

Postdoctoral Fellows teach two courses in the program per year and actively contribute to the intellectual life of AMCS through participation in the program’s interdisciplinary workshops and events.  Accordingly, the Fellows are expected to be in residence during the fellowship period, apart from research-related travel. Each Fellow will receive a salary of $61,000 per year, plus benefits; a $3,000 annual research/travel stipend; and the possibility for a workshop to support the peer review of a polished book manuscript.


The position begins July 1, 2024, and has the possibility of renewal for a second academic year (2025-2026), contingent upon satisfactory performance. Applicants must defend the dissertation prior to the start date of July 1; please include in your cover letter information about the progress of your dissertation as well as the date of completion (completed or expected).

Application Instructions

To apply, please upload a cover letter, cv, a writing sample of no more than 30 pages, and contact information for three references to Interfolio by the application deadline of November 30, 2023. Additional materials, including letters of recommendation, may be requested at a later date

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