Friday, January 15, 2010

Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellowship in African Politics

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Contemporary Politics and Social Forces in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hampshire College invites applications for a three‐year postdoctoral fellowship in African Politics. This Mellon‐funded position is one of five to be filled in 2009‐10 in cooperation with the Five College Consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst).

Hampshire College encourages inter‐disciplinary teaching and research. While in residence at Hampshire, the Fellow will fully participate in one of the nation’s most vibrant academic collaborations, including the Five College African Studies Council with nearly thirty faculty members having a teaching and research interest in sub‐Saharan Africa. There is related support from colleagues and library and
research facilities at all five campuses, each located within a twenty‐minute drive of the others. Over three years the Fellow will teach six courses, four at Hampshire College, and two at Smith College.

The Fellow will be provided research and teaching mentors at Hampshire College, which will host the fellowship. The candidate should have fieldwork experience in the study of contemporary politics and social forces in sub‐Saharan Africa, with a particular interest in broad processes of inclusion and exclusion at the national level. Applicants should have research and teaching interests in one or more of the following themes: how processes of social and political inclusion and exclusion are generated and resources are deployed at national and local levels; the use and limitations of formal democratic frameworks for political and social inclusion; how social class, religious and ethnic identities play out in formal state institutions; the nature and use of major national and local ideologies; social movements, including those of youth, women, religion, ethnicity and the growing middle class; the politics of discrete organizations of civil society; the relationship of civil society organizations to popularly based social movements; and the relationship of political parties to civil society organizations and social movements.

The successful candidate must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. before assuming the fellowship.

Position begins fall 2010. Review of applications begins late January 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Hampshire College is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit program, including support for research. Applicants should send a letter of
interest, C.V., research prospectus, writing sample, and three letters of reference to:

African Politics Postdoctoral Search Committee
School of Social Science
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity in education and employment.

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