Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

DESCRIPTION: The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America is a high profile and centrally located research and public programming Center at Brown. We collaborate with top departments across campus and represent a prominent part of Brown's Building on Distinction Campaign as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. The associate director (AD) will play a critical role at the PhD level in the design and establishment of scholarly programming, initiatives and programs at the Center. The incumbent will work with the faculty Director to develop and conceptualize CSREA research seminars, the postdoctoral fellows program, the graduate professionalization seminars, faculty grant workshops, multi-disciplinary research work-groups, art exhibits and program themes. The AD will also work with the Director on establishing advancement and fundraising initiatives, as well as creating future scholarly initiatives and constituents and overseeing partnerships with departments, programs and centers on campus. Major responsibilities include program and project evaluation as well as represent the Center at key meetings and programs. The AD will also participate in instructional activities and student research support and may teach up to two courses a year in their research area and conduct his/her own academic research.


  • PhD in the Humanities, Social Sciences or related discipline with a focus on modern issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S.
  • Knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary work on race, gender, ethnicity, inequality, power, colonialism, critical-theoretical work, preferred
  • 2-5 years academic or related administrative experience related to programming, developing relationships with constituents and intellectual program design, preferred
  • Active intellectual engagement in the topics of relevance to CSREA
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and oral
  • Strong organizations skills
  • Ability to understand and operate in a complex and diverse campus environment and to create collaborative networks across multiple constituencies
  • Capacity to collaborate with, serve and guide a range of experts from faculty to peers to area experts

This is a 3-year fixed term with possibility of renewal.

For more information and to apply:
External Applicants
Internal Applicants 

Racial Inequality Postdoctoral Research Associate
Deadline: November 15th, 2016

DESCRIPTION: Brown University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in Racial Inequality to be jointly shared by the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America. We seek a scholar with interests in racial inequality/structural racism in the post 1970s U.S. in areas such as: urban poverty, social and cultural theories of racism, gender, segregation, housing or welfare.

The successful candidate will teach one course per year in a Watson Institute related program, collaborate on the vision, design and implementation of CSREA programming related to his/her research areas each year on a key topic in contemporary racial inequality studies, and be expected to actively participate in the intellectual life of CSREA (including regular participation in the CSREA research seminar), the Watson Institute and the University as a whole.

QUALIFICATIONS: Scholars with a Ph.D. in Sociology, American Studies, Political Science, History, Social Theory, African-American Studies or a related discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences will be considered. Dissertation must be signed by August 1, 2017.

INSTRUCTIONS: Candidates should submit a letter of application, CV, writing sample (15-20 pp), a personal statement (1 page) and the names and addresses of three referees through the Interfolio posting: https://apply.interfolio.com/36251. The application deadline is November 15th, 2016. Review of applications will begin November 17th, 2016, and final notifications are expected to go out by March, 2017. This two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment will be effective August 1, 2017, and is not renewable.

EEO STATEMENT: Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

For more information, please visit:
The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs