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Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate

Program for Environmental and Regional Equity Los Angeles, California

Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society & Social Change

University of Southern California

2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement

The Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society & Social Change at the University of Southern California invites applicants to apply for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, renewable for a second year. The Turpanjian Chair, currently held by Dr. Manuel Pastor, is committed to public scholarship on pressing social issues that combines rigorous analysis with efforts to lift up the often-invisible work of everyday actors in generating social change.  For this fellowship, we seek candidates who will advance the Turpanjian mission, which is to support deepening knowledge of the ways civil society institutions and grassroots actors are transforming the economic and social landscape of the 21st Century.

We invite applicants whose scholarship addresses intersections and tensions in emerging organizing models and active tools for social change. While the focus is on social movements in the US, we also welcome applicants whose scholarship utilizes transnational and comparative analysis to contextualize these movements.  Potential areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to: new forms of social movement organizing, including the role of digital organizing and social media; the interplay between electoral politics and social movements; the tensions and possibilities of organizing across communities, issue areas, regions, and demographics; and new ways of framing and working for economic and racial justice.


Requirements:

In addition to conducting independent research, the postdoctoral fellow will be invited and expected to:

a. Contribute to cross-campus collaborations;
b. Conceptualize and plan activities (such as workshops or a symposium) that will engage the campus community on issues of civil society and social change; and
c. Teach one course in the department of Sociology.

The fellowship will offer a competitive salary and benefits. The fellow must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. by mid-August 2019. Graduating doctoral students and pre-tenure professors with a doctorate in a social science discipline may apply. Scholars working across disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Application process:

Review of applications will commence on December 10, 2018, with a decision expected by late-February, 2019. You will be asked to upload: (1) a cover letter, (2) C.V., (3) a detailed description of the nature of the research undertaken during the fellowship period, (4) a relevant writing sample up to 30 pages, (5) one page discussing your vision or contributions to public scholarship, and potential ideas for symposia and (6) contact information for three references. Questions about the application process or requirements should be directed to Kim Tabari at tabari@usc.edu.

The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time. The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.


REQ20066767 Posted Date: 10/18/2018

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