Mellon Postdoc Fellowship in Disability Studies at Brown University

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2024-26: Disability Studies

Position Description

The Department of American Studies and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at Brown University invite applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies.

This position is to be held jointly at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Department of American Studies, effective July 1, 2024, with an affiliation with STS. We seek a scholar whose work addresses the meanings, histories, experiences, or representations of disability, broadly defined. We welcome applicants who use methodologies from across the humanities and qualitative social sciences in their research and teaching. The applicant’s scholarship should engage with the United States, but we encourage applications from scholars who engage in comparative or transnational analyses.

The successful candidate will teach one course per semester (which will be listed by American Studies or STS and cross-listed with the Cogut Institute).

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in the Cogut institute’s weekly Tuesday fellows’ seminar. They will also be welcome to take part in other activities at the institute, in the STS program, the American Studies Department, and elsewhere on the Brown campus, including the Disability Studies Working Group.


Ph.D. must be in hand by July 1, 2024 or must have been awarded in the last five years. Recipients of a Ph.D. from Brown University are ineligible. Fellows are employed as postdoctoral research associates with a $65,000 salary, standard benefits, and a $2,000 per year reimbursable research fund. Scholars from outside the United States are appointed under J-1 visas (exchange visitors status) only.

Application Instructions

Please submit, via Interfolio,

 a CV, a letter of application, an article-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, addressed to:

Professor Lukas Rieppel, Director of STS

Brown University

The letter of application should address the candidate’s experiences and intentions regarding teaching in a diverse and inclusive classroom. In addition, please describe at least one undergraduate course that you would like to teach at Brown.

The review of applications will begin on February 1.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.