The Latin American and Latinx Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship on Dispossessions of Territory and Bodies among Latin American and Latinx Communities as part of the Program’s three-year initiative on “Dispossessions in the Americas,” which is meant to document dispossessions of territories, bodies, and cultural heritage from the Conquest to the present (particularly through the mechanisms of deceit, disease, and violence) and to propose restorative justice policies and measures. The term of this appointment will begin on July 1, 2021 and will be for one year.
The successful candidate will be a scholar who focuses on Latin America and/or its diaspora; has completed a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, or related fields between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021 on a topic related to dispossessions or social exclusion; possesses high-level competence and research capability in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or an Indigenous language of Latin America; and demonstrates exceptional academic promise as a teacher and scholar. The postdoctoral fellow will split their time among their own research, the collaborative research project, and teaching for the program. Among others, responsibilities will include attending two speaker series and research team meetings, providing assistance with an international conference related to the initiative’s theme, and teaching one undergraduate course.
We particularly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to increasing diversity in their fields, as a historically underrepresented person in higher education and/or by pursuing scholarship that contributes to understanding issues of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, or inequity, past or present.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, transcript (indicating completion of PhD after January 1, 2018), statements on research, teaching, and diversity, up to two writing samples that illustrate the scholar’s commitment to the study of dispossessions or social exclusion, descriptions of one undergraduate courses the candidate would be interested in teaching (approx. 300 words), and three letters of recommendation. If the candidate has not yet defended their dissertation, please also include a letter from the dissertation supervisor confirming that the PhD will be completed by June 30, 2021. Consideration of applications will begin on May 3, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Please apply here: https://apply.interfolio.com/86121
The Latin American and Latinx Studies Program is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence, and to creating a more diverse and inclusive faculty (for more information: https://almanac.upenn.edu/archive/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.