The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English at Montclair State University are pleased to announce that they will be hosting four one-year NEH-funded postdoctoral fellows in American Studies during 2022. These four fellows will be conducting research pertaining to the theme of “Rediscovering American Democracy: Teaching the Humanities in the Time of Covid.” Their projects will bring the methods of humanistic inquiry to bear on pressing social issues laid bare by the Covid-19 pandemic such as racial justice, gender equality, environmental vulnerability, and the preservation and expansion of democratic ideals. Their work will cover subfields including Asian-American, Black, Ethnic, Indigenous/Native American, Latinx, and Queer/Gender Studies, as well as Environmental Studies and Popular Culture.
The postdoctoral fellowship will provide exceptional opportunities: collaboration with other postdoctoral fellows hired in this cluster; mentorship from senior faculty and outside scholars; summer working groups to support research; and a teaching load designed to enable progress on a major research project. Each Fellow will teach one course per semester in English, History, Film, or a related discipline.
Each Fellow will also participate in bi-weekly faculty seminars to develop a course in a new program in American Studies that is designed to apply the study of the Humanities to contemporary issues of pressing concern through study and reconsideration of United States culture in the past or present. It is possible that these positions may, after the term of the NEH grant, be converted into three-year visiting assistant professorships.
Details regarding application will soon be posted on the Montclair State University website. In the meantime, for inquiries, please write to Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Chair, Department of English, or Dr. Melinda Knight, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing Excellence, or visit the English Department webpage.