Graduate Student Announcements

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Caribbean Studies 2016-2017

Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, in collaboration with the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, is pleased to announce a one-year competitive postdoctoral fellowship for a humanities or social science scholar pursuing research in Caribbean Studies. Scholars working on comparative colonial, postcolonial and/or decolonial Caribbean studies with focus on the Dutch or the French Caribbean, transnationalism, migration and/or queer feminist studies, are especially encouraged to apply, but we welcome applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $65,000 as well as an annual research allocation of $3,000 and Rutgers University health benefits. The successful candidate must have the doctorate in hand no later than May 31, 2016, be no more than three years beyond the Ph.D. (Ph.D. received on 2012 or later), and be able to teach one undergraduate introductory course in Caribbean Studies during their tenure at Rutgers. Position begins on July 1, 2016 and ends on June 30, 2017.

The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies to foster multi-disciplinary research about the Caribbean to allow a better understanding of the region and its people from a variety of perspectives.  Affiliates conduct research on such diverse areas as diaspora and transnational studies, migration and immigration, cultural and performance studies, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, colonial and postcolonial studies, decoloniality, political theory, critical epistemology, intellectual history, history of New World slavery, social movements and revolution, eighteenth century studies, the urban Atlantic, contemporary urbanization, environmental studies, insularity, and the archipelagic Americas. Our postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the faculty/graduate student Working Group on Critical Caribbean Studies, Theory and the Disciplines that will be held in the Fall 2016.

The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies ( is a space for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching.  The department’s mission includes the study of the Anglo, French and Hispanic Caribbean.  Department faculty include 11 core, and 32 affiliate members, enriched by specializations in Africana Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Sociology Women’s and Gender Studies, and Comparative Literatures in English, French, and Spanish.

There will be opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow to connect with broader academic and community-minded research units at the University, including the Center for Cultural Analysis, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the Center for Race & Ethnicity, the Center for African Studies and the Institute for Research on Women.

Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 1,500-word statement and 3 letters of recommendation, electronically to  The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidate’s research and the specific project that will be developed during the one year postdoctoral fellowship, (2) a brief description of the Intro to Caribbean Studies course the candidate could offer in the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and (3) how and why Rutgers can advance the candidate’s areas of research. Applications must be received by Monday, January 11, 2016.

Applications are free to candidates who already have an account in  If you are unable to create an interfolio account, please contact by December 10, 2015.

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