2021-2022 Post-Doctoral Fellowship: East Asian Studies, Slavic Studies, and the Problem of Crisis

The Center for Historical Research, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, and the East Asian Studies Center, with the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, seek a postdoctoral fellow to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, the College hosts 81 majors. Our students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their fields. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

The three centers invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. We seek an emerging scholar with proven interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary interests in East Asian and Slavic/East European Studies whose work connects to the Center for Historical Research’s theme of “Crisis, Uncertainty, and History: Trajectories and Experiences of Accelerated Change.” The Center for Historical Research will spend 2021-23 reevaluating the past as well as the future in light of our current moment of crisis and of other crisis points in global humanities, and the 2021-22 Slavic and East Asian post-doctoral scholar will contribute to these conversations.

We seek a colleague who will: 1) develop and contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives in research or creative work and teaching with departments, programs, and centers; 2) offer innovative and collaborative graduate and undergraduate courses; 3) be an active member of the three centers and the history department. We are looking for a dynamic, broadly trained, theoretically informed scholar-teacher who is committed to the comparative study of these two regions, and who will complement but not replicate existing strengths in the history department and among affiliate faculty of the Centers for Slavic and East European and East Asian Studies. Scholarly promise, college teaching experience, and knowledge of current pedagogical methodologies are highly desirable. Applicants should have earned a PhD within the last three years (2018 or later) in any field related to Slavic, East Asian, or Comparative Studies, broadly defined. While the specific topical focus and geographic areas are open, the successful candidate must be able to work in both geographic regions and connect to the larger theme of “Crisis, Uncertainty, and History.”

The fellowship carries a one course per semester teaching load (two courses over one year). The teaching duties are expected to include one graduate course and one undergraduate course that can employ various disciplinary and methodological approaches. The fellow is expected to present a lecture or seminar in the CHR Crisis series in the spring of 2022. This is a one-year appointment and includes an annual stipend of $55,000, benefits, up to $2,000 in relocation costs and a research fund of $1,000. The position will be located on the Columbus Campus of the Ohio State University and be under the supervision of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme and the Director of the Center for Historical Research. Office space will be provided in the Department of History in Dulles Hall. The start date of the position is negotiable but must be between June 1 and August 1, 2021.

To apply, please submit electronic copies of a cover letter that addresses why you are interested in the position, a research statement for project(s) based on your dissertation and/or other research (including 2-3 ideas for a potential one-day symposium), and a CV. Your application will need three letters of support: recommendations will be solicited from your references within two business days of application. Inquiries can be directed to Angela Brintlinger, Director of CSEES at brintlinger.3@osu.edu; Mitchell Lerner, Director of EASC at lerner.26@osu.edu; and John Brooke, Director of CHR at brooke.10@osu.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on May 1 and will conduct interviews via Zoom.

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This fellowship is made possible by Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme.

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Ohio State University is a research one public land-grant university located in the metropolitan hub of Columbus, Ohio, with a diverse student body comprising almost 60,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across Ohio, the United States, and the globe. As an equal opportunity employer supportive of affirmative action efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Ohio State University strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.