Bard College

Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow, Historical Studies

Historical Studies Program

The Historical Studies Program at Bard College invites applications for the college’s newly-established academic diversity postdoctoral fellowship. Applicants for this position may specialize in any aspect of the historical discipline, although a focus on Asian American history and/or the history of race and ethnicity in North America would be particularly welcomed. The College is looking for scholars who are methodologically innovative, testing the conventional limits of their respective disciplines; interdisciplinary in their approach; and producing engaged scholarship that connects research and teaching to social and political activism of various kinds. They should also be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and to participating in the intellectual life of a small Liberal Arts College. Eligible candidates will have received the PhD in the past three years, or may still be ABD, with a clear pathway to completion, at the time they take up the fellowship.

The purpose of the fellowship is to help advance the academic careers of promising early-stage teacher-scholars while increasing the diversity and enriching the intellectual vitality of our small, interdisciplinary Program and of the wider Bard College community. We are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals who are members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in the professoriate (including, but not limited to, Black, African American, Asian American, Native American, Indigenous, or Latinx candidates), and/or individuals whose experience, teaching, or research will contribute to diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in the field of Historical Studies.

The fellowship is for a period of two years, beginning July 1, 2021. The teaching load is 1-1. The fellowship comes with a full-time salary, health benefits, and research funds of $2,000 per year, as well as additional funds and institutional support to organize an academic conference at Bard during the term of the fellowship. The Fellow will be provided with office space, a computer, and library access. The fellowship period will be dedicated to the scholar’s professional development, which will involve teaching one course each semester and, with support from the College, to curate/be responsible for public programming drawing on an area of specialty in one semester of the 2nd year.

Candidates should send the following application materials by Interfolio at curriculum vitae; letter of application that outlines research plans for the fellowship term as well as the candidate’s interests in and approach to undergraduate teaching; the names and contact information of three recommenders; and a personal statement of their demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence in Historical Studies (1-3 pages). Further materials, such as a sample of scholarly work and sample syllabi, may be solicited at a later point. Review of applications will begin on March 15 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position, please email Robert Culp, Professor of Historical Studies (

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

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Last updated: 2021-04-14