Brown Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Research Associate in Slavery & Justice

Location: Providence, RI
Closes: Feb 18, 2019

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University invites applications for a one-year position (2019-2020) as the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Research Associate in Slavery & Justice.

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world. We are also attentive to contemporary forms of human bondage and injustice. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarly research around issues of racial slavery, contemporary forms of injustice, as well as freedom.

Applicants should have Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline and have received their degree within the last five years (or will obtain a Ph.D. by June 2019) and work on questions concerning new histories of slavery and capitalism; studies of gender sexuality and slavery; comparative histories of slavery; and questions of contemporary human trafficking.  

The successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the Center’s regular Advanced Knowledges seminar series and will have the option to teach a course in the semester of his/her choosing.

Application Instructions
Applicants should apply online at:

Please include a cover letter, current CV, a writing sample, and three letters of reference. 

Equal Employment Opportunity 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. 

Search opens December 20. Applications received by February 18th will receive full consideration.