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Charles Warren Center Fellowship

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Title Charles Warren Center Fellowship
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Charles Warren Center
Position Description

The Charles Warren Center, Harvard’s research center for American history, invites applications for the 2017-2018 seminar, “Crime and Punishment in American History.” We seek scholars in the social sciences and humanities conducting original research on the development of the penal regimes in the Western Hemisphere from a local, regional, national and global perspective. Topics considered include the history of prisons, prison labor, ideas and knowledge production about crime and punishment, criminal law, extra-legal forms of punishment such as lynching, the rise and decline of the Southern convict lease system, progressive era penal knowledge and reform, the role of institutionalized punishment in state and empire building, the criminalization of alcohol and drug use, policing and surveillance, social movements and issues of prisoners’ rights, the death penalty, and the rise of mass incarceration since the 1970s. In the United States, the criminal justice system and the racial discrepancies within it have become an all too pressing social problem and incarceration a default public policy. We see this as a moment to bring together innovative scholarship that approaches these issues from a historical perspective. We hope to include scholars at all stages of their careers and from several disciplinary frameworks, and to balance micro-historical and social history approaches with broadly conceived topics of wide chronological scope.

The seminar will encourage participants to situate individual case studies within a broader theoretical and comparative framework. We aspire to generate a conversation about the politics of historical memory that is nourished by a wide range of topics and approaches, including research on reparations, land claims, activism and social movements, “heritage” and history, post-conflict dynamics, state formation, political philosophy, and beyond. Our approach is interdisciplinary and transnational.

Fellows will present their work in a seminar led by Elizabeth Hinton (History and African and African American Studies), and Lisa McGirr (History). Applicants may not be degree candidates and should have a Ph.D. or equivalent. Fellows have library privileges and an office which they must use for at least the 9-month academic year. The Center encourages applications consistent with the Workshop theme and from qualified applicants who can contribute, through their research and service, to the diversity and excellence of the Harvard community.

The application deadline is December 12, 2016.
The deadline for recommendation letters is January 13, 2017.

For more information, see http://warrencenter.fas.harvard.edu/

Basic Qualifications

Applicants may not be degree candidates and should have a Ph.D. or equivalent. (Typically these are faculty fellowships, though may be held by those without a tenure-track position. These fellowships do not carry benefits.) Fellows have library privileges and an office which they must use for at least the 9-month academic year. We especially seek applicants who embrace the challenges of forging scholarly conversations across disciplines. And the Center encourages applications, otherwise consistent with the Workshop theme, relating to the nation’s life during and as a consequence of wars, and from qualified applicants who can contribute, through their research and service, to the diversity and excellence of the Harvard community. Stipends: individually determined according to fellow needs and Center resources, up to a maximum of $58,000.

Additional Qualifications
Special Instructions

PROJECT TITLE AND STATEMENT: Upload three page project statement(double-spaced)) into the “Statement of Research” document slot. Do not attach lengthy materials compiled for other grant applications.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS: Three letters of reference are required. Instructions will follow as you complete the electronic application. Deadline for recommendation letters is January 13, 2017.

Contact Information

Monnikue McCall
Charles Warren Center
Emerson Hall, 4th Floor
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email momccall@fas.harvard.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Please list your academic positions (Institution, Dates, Titles)

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. Please list your other positions and relevant experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. What is your current faculty rank, if applicable?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Please list your academic honors and/or awards

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. Please list most important published works.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. Please list below the names and addresses of three persons able to write about your academic qualifications.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Have you previously been awarded a fellowship at the Warren Center?

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * If you have recently held another Harvard appointment, please indicate the title(s) and date(s).

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Research
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter