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CUNY Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate) - Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean - Three Vacancies in New York, New York

Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Associate) - Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean - Three Vacancies

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Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

  • Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

  • Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

  • Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

  • Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

  • Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

As part of the Provost’s Diversity Initiative, the GC seeks three (3) Postdoctoral Fellows for the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) to support the development of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise as innovative scholars in the study of the African diaspora or the field of Africana Studies as it relates to the study of diasporas, migration and transnationalism.

IRADAC was founded to address the African presence in the Americas through scholarly research and public programs for the betterment of the public as well as the academic community. The institute's mission is to foster understanding and critical interpretation of the history, development, conditions, status, and cultures of the diverse peoples of African descent living in the various societies of the Western Hemisphere.

The Fellows will participate in activities related to IRADAC and to the Ph.D. program of his/her/their own discipline. We welcome applications from disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, including Anthropology, Art History, Education, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Francophone Studies, and Latin American and Latinx Studies. The Postdoctoral Fellows will engage their own original research and scholarship and will publish the results of their research. They will also present their research to scholars and the public through conferences, seminars, workshops and/or working groups thus furthering the mission of IRADAC as it pertains to the African Diaspora. In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellows will also work closely with the 2023-2024 IRADAC Dissertation Fellow, the seven IRADAC Fellows, the eight African-American and African Diaspora Early Research Initiative Fellows, and the two IRADAC Schomburg Digitization Fellows. Ample opportunities for sustained constructive criticism of the Fellows’ scholarship will be in place along with professional opportunities. Teaching opportunities are also possible with an adjunct appointment. This position reports to the Director of IRADAC.

The appointment will be for the academic year 2023-2024, effective August 25, 2023.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


IRADAC seeks candidates who have received their Ph.D. in 2019 or later; candidates who will deposit their dissertation by July 2023 will also be considered.

The Center is particularly interested in candidates from fields of Anthropology, English, History, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Education, Francophone Studies, and Latin American and Latinx Studies, though applications from any field within the humanities and humanistic social sciences will be considered.



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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on January 30, 2023.


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