Woodrow Wilson

Department of Politics

Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship

Rising Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Politics
Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Review of applications will begin April 12, 2021.

In consort with the Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation, the UVA Department of Politics hopes to provide a departmental home to a Postdoctoral Fellow in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. We seek a rising scholar:  i.e., candidates who received (or will receive) their Ph.D. degree between August 24, 2019 and August 24, 2021. We are open with respect to topic and subfield within political science or public policy. We encourage applications from a broad range of perspectives and methodologies.

We see this 2-year postdoctoral fellowship as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ mission to further our understanding of the legacies of racial inequity and to enhance the career trajectory of an underrepresented scholar whose work focuses on questions related to the national, global and/or comparative dimensions of Race, Justice, and Equity. The Department of Politics offers a variety of professional development opportunities and formal and informal mentoring withing a warm and supportive climate. Fellows will participate in course development and mentoring in their first semester and teach one independent course in each of the following three semesters. The Rising Scholar Fellow in Politics will be a part of a cohort of scholars similarly situated in other departments across the college, providing both a supportive environment within the department, and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and support across departments throughout the college.

Possible areas of study might include:

  • Race, policing, and the carceral state
  • Identity and/or the political psychology of race and ethnicity
  • Legacies of slavery, segregation, and political development
  • Race and political mobilization or representation
  • Comparative or transnational examinations of the African diaspora
  • Black political thought
  • Race, political institutions, and policymaking

Again, we encourage applications from any scholars focusing on the politics of race and ethnicity broadly construed. Please contact Jennifer Lawless, Department Chair, with any questions, at jll9jx@virginia.edu

An online application and further information are available here: https://graduate.as.virginia.edu/rising-scholars