Postdoc Fellowship in Medical Humanities, Rice University

I am delighted to announce the following opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Humanities at Rice University. For a complete position description and to apply, go to:

The deadline for applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Humanities at Rice University has been extended until March 27.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Racial Health Equity and Data Justice

The Medical Humanities Program at Rice University seeks to appoint one postdoctoral fellow in the humanities or interpretive social sciences whose research and teaching centers on racial health equity and data justice. We are particularly interested in researchers working on these themes in relation to emerging digital health technologies such as AI/ML, VR/AR, chatbots, health apps, wearable sensors, and other technologies. Projects taking a patient- or community-centered and intersectional approach are highly desired. The Program includes faculty from diverse fields in the humanities and social sciences, has strong partnerships with science and engineering disciplines, and collaborates with numerous institutions in the Texas Medical Center and the broader Houston community. The Fellow would teach a 1/1 course load and help to build the Program’s existing strength in racial health equity and data justice in the context of medical/health humanities and critical data/software studies as we expand our applied research and partnerships in this area.

We seek emergent scholars whose research is rooted in critical medical/health humanities and who received a PhD in a humanities or interpretive social science discipline. The Medical Humanities Program hosts an interdisciplinary minor that attracts a diverse and growing undergraduate student population, particularly those on pre-health tracks. (For more information on the program, see: The successful applicant will develop courses in their field and may also teach an existing “Introduction to Medical Humanities” course.

This position is in the Rice University School of Humanities and is for the period from July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 with possibility of extension through June 30, 2025, pending successful completion of the first year. This is a full-time, residential fellowship with a 1/1 teaching load and is benefits eligible. The fellow will receive an annual salary of $75,000 with a $2,000 research stipend per year, and up to $3,000 reimbursement allowance for relocation to Houston.

For further details and to apply:

Best wishes, Kirsten

Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH
Gladys Louise Fox Professor and Chair, Dept. of English
Director, Medical Humanities
Director, Medical Futures Lab