Postdoctoral Scholar for Futures of Literary and Cultural Knowledge

Position Title: 

Postdoctoral Scholar


English Department

Job Description: 

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The Department of English seeks a postdoctoral scholar whose research theorizes literary and cultural knowledge in relation to at least one of three main arenas: other academic disciplines, public policy, or academic institutions.

Applications are welcomed from scholars in all historical periods and topic areas. Literary and cultural research is now responding to mixtures of intellectual and institutional factors, including interdisciplinarity, social justice movements, adjunctification, changing theories of identity and cognition, renewed attacks on the university, and new research questions from outside the discipline. In this context, we are looking for a scholar who is asking, what kind of knowledge is literary knowledge? How do the results of literary and cultural research compare to those of related fields such as history, sociology, economics, law, or gender, race, and sexuality studies that emerge from the social sciences? How can the outcomes of literary and cultural research be clarified across diverse practices within literary and cultural study itself, and be better connected to research in other domains? How are institutional changes affecting knowledge production in the humanities?

Applicants must have a doctorate in English or in a proximate field awarded in 2013 or later; the degree must be in hand by September 1, 2018. Applicants with a record of excellence in both teaching and research in the theory of literary knowledge across disciplines is preferred. This postdoctoral fellowship appointment extends from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. The postdoctoral fellow will have wide latitude in researching the comparative history of and current developments in theories of literary and cultural study and adjacent fields, and will be expected to teach two undergraduate courses over three quarters. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with University of California policy.

Applicants should submit a two-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, teaching statement with proposed courses, and arrange to have three letters of reference submitted to the system. For primary consideration, applications must be submitted by May 18, 2018. The position will remain open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Deadline: 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018