Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies
American Studies, Wesleyan University (Connecticut, United States)
October 15, 2023
Starting Date: 
July 1, 2024
Post date: July 31, 2023

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Wesleyan University invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Studies beginning July 1, 2024. We seek candidates with expertise in interdisciplinary research areas pertaining to the US and/or hemispheric Americas. The successful candidate will have a degree in American Studies or a closely related field; will demonstrate a working knowledge of the intellectual commitments of the field of American Studies; and will offer courses originating in the American Studies Department to complement the existing curriculum. The teaching load is one course per semester allowing time for scholarly research, and the fellowship will include opportunities for professional development. The position is for one year, and is renewable for up to three years.
Minimum Qualifications

Applicants may be ABD (receiving their degree prior to the starting date of the fellowship) or up to two years out from the date of Ph.D. conferral (degree received no earlier than 2021).

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University's Clery Act Report are available on request and online at

Application Instructions 

Special Instructions To Applicants

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are: 1) cover letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) writing sample, (4) statement of current research. In the cover letter, applicants should describe how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an inclusive community, as well as their experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.

You will also be asked to provide the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation (please double-check the accuracy of the email addresses of the referees you name to ensure that you have the most up-to-date email addresses for each one).

After you have submitted all of the required documents, you will see a confirmation number. At that point, each of your referees whose email addresses you have provided will receive an automatically-generated email requesting that he or she submit a letter of reference for you.
Additional Information

Applications received before October 15, 2023 will be given full consideration. Apply online at Careers@Wesleyan | Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies.

Please contact the American Studies Administrative Assistant, Samantha Murray, at, if you have any questions.

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