Postdoctoral Fellowship on Capitalism and Comparative Racialization - University of Washington

The Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR) at the University of Washington invites applications for a one-year Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellowship on the topic of “Capitalism and Comparative Racialization.” We invite recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and social sciences to apply for the 2017-2018 academic year. The fellowship carries a salary of $55,000 a year (plus health benefits).

This Sawyer Seminar will examine the relationship between race and capitalism through the historical case studies of the United States, the Philippines, Brazil, and South Africa. Recognizing the lacunae in scholarship that examines race-making and capitalism, we have designed an investigatory approach that aims to understand how the two are interrelated: how processes of race-making fueled capitalism at its onset, how systems of racial domination led to the building of global empires, and how racial and capitalist orders are linked theoretically, historically and empirically.

The postdoctoral fellow will take a leading role in the coordination of the Sawyer Seminar. The Sawyer fellow will participate in all scholarly activities associated with the seminar, which will include workshops and lectures; will help organize speaker visits for public lectures and coordinate the related reading groups; and will advance the fellow’s own research agenda while contributing to the seminar’s scholarly output through a public lecture. The fellow will be mentored by the seminar organizers and additional members of the UW faculty as appropriate, depending on specialization.

Successful applicants should demonstrate a research agenda that examines the intersection of race and capitalism. Candidates must have their Ph.D. degree (or foreign equivalent) in hand prior to the appointment start date, and must have received their Ph.D. within the previous five years. To apply, please go to and submit: (1) a two-page cover letter that includes a summary of the dissertation and discusses how the candidate’s research aligns with the seminar’s theme of “Capitalism and Comparative Racialization”; (2) a current CV; (3) one writing sample (limit 30 pages); (4) three letters of recommendation. Candidate materials should be submitted electronically. Priority will be given to complete applications received before February 10, 2017.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Supported by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities.

URL or email for more information: