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Postdoctoral Fellow in Law, Political Thought, and the Humanities (EXPIRED)

Humanities Research Center , Rice University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Law, Political Thought, and the Humanities
AOS categories Philosophy of Law
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC History (regional and temporal field open), philosophy, literature and culture, historical sociology
AOC categories Philosophy of Law
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Start date July 1, 2022
Job description

The Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University seeks to appoint one postdoctoral fellow in Law, Political Thought and the Humanities. The Humanities Research Center is an internationally recognized hub that fosters innovative humanities and arts research at Rice University and builds collaborations with local, national and global partners. We seek emergent scholars whose research aligns with the history of law, philosophy of law or politics, or social and/or political thought, within the broad arena of the humanities: history (regional and temporal field open), philosophy, literature and culture, and historical sociology. Applicants should have experience and enthusiasm about teaching one course per semester at the undergraduate level.

The position will be connected with the HRC and a department in the School of Humanities, and closely associated with the Program in Politics, Law, and Social Thought (PLST), an interdisciplinary minor that attracts undergraduate students from across the university interested in both political and social thought and in a pre-law curriculum. The successful applicant will develop courses in the applicant’s field, as well as a “core course” for PLST that introduces students to big questions of politics, law, and society set in a specific context. (Examples of such core courses are available on the PLST website at politics.law.rice.)

This position is for the period from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 with the possibility of renewal for a second year (subject to available funding). It is a fulltime position with a 1/1 teaching load and is benefits eligible. The fellow will receive an annual salary of $60,000 and a $3,000 stipend for research and/or relocation to Houston.

Work-related activities may include:

  • Teaching/co-teaching courses (and possibly workshops) in consultation with departments and affiliated campus units
  • Presenting content online (reviews, interviews, blogs, podcasts) drawn from research, teaching, and outreach
  • Coordinating a series of speakers and events in related topic areas
  • Presenting own research in a works-in-progress series with other fellows
  • Provides academic services (ie. teaching classes) to the department as required
  • Performs all other duties as assigned


Applicants from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline, including those with a JD/PhD, are eligible to apply and must have the PhD in hand by June 1, 2022. Applicants must have demonstrated research interest in law, public thought and the humanities and have excellent communication, administration, and time-management skills.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply
Application type Online
Required Application Materials: ● Cover Letter ● Three page CV ● 1,000-word research project proposal ● Writing sample (chapter length, approximately 25 pages) ● One page course proposal for a one-semester undergraduate course in politics, law, and society ● Three letters of recommendation Combine all materials except the letters of recommendation into one pdf. Have the letters of recommendation sent separately to [email protected] If you have difficulty attaching the required documents, please email them to [email protected] and they will be attached to your application.
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Email to apply
Hard deadline April 11, 2022, 11:59pm CST
Web address for more information https://hrc.rice.edu/calls-deadlines/postdoctoral-...
Contact name Paula Platt
Contact email
Contact phone 713-348-5451
Time created March 30, 2022, 9:28pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date April 11, 2022, 11:59pm CST
Expired on April 13, 2022, 12:46am CST
Last updated April 13, 2022, 5:46am UTC
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