Postdoctoral Fellowship in Native American and Indigenous Studies
American Studies, Carleton College (Northfield, MN)
November 1, 2023
Starting Date: 
September 1, 2024
Post date: September 15, 2023

The American Studies program at Carleton College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) to begin September 2024. This position is open in terms of research focus but a PhD in American Studies or Ethnic or Native American / Indigenous Studies is strongly preferred. Candidates with a PhD in another field will be considered if they demonstrate extensive interdisciplinary training in a field closely related to Native American / Indigenous Studies at the PhD level. An ideal candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to socially engaged research in collaboration with Indigenous communities and a commitment to centering Indigenous priorities and ways of knowing within their teaching and scholarship. Courses to be taught could include introductory courses in American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and a course emerging from the applicant’s research.

The two-year position involves half-time teaching and half-time dedicated to research and writing. Fellows are assigned a mentor through the College mentoring program and will receive institutional and programmatic support for their teaching, community engagement, and research, including generous funding for research through the American Studies Andersen Fund.

Carleton College is situated within Wahpekute and Mdewakanton Dakota homelands, and our campus is committed to building stronger relationships with Dakota peoples. This new position is a part of a broader institutional commitment to build capacity in Native American and Indigenous Studies. We therefore seek applicants who demonstrate a commitment to ethical partnerships with Indigenous community partners, as well as a commitment to growing a campus community reflective of diverse Indigenous experiences. While we welcome scholars with a broad array of specializations in Indigenous Studies, we particularly invite scholars whose research involves community engagement in relation with Dakota and Anishinaabeg communities and/or with urban Native communities in the Midwest. The successful candidate will join another American Studies faculty member who teaches Indigenous Histories and a full time Indigenous Communities Liaison staff member, as well as an active Native student organization.  

Carleton is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a student body of approximately 2,000. Located in the thriving two-college town of Northfield, Minnesota, it is forty-five miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a metropolitan area with a vibrant Native community.  In addition, Carleton is a residential campus whose student body is over 30% students of color, and successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to an equitable, safe, and welcoming learning and living community for all students.

Carleton is committed to developing its faculty to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Women, gender-diverse individuals, and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age in providing employment or access to its educational facilities and activities.

Application Instructions 

To apply, please visit and complete the online application by submitting a cover letter; CV; statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information for three references. If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Adriana Estill, at Application deadline is November 1, 2023. We will request full letters of reference and a writing sample at a later date.

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