Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Process

The Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University (AMCS) invites applications for our Postdoctoral Fellowship in Inequality and Identity position, renewable annually for up to two years contingent upon satisfactory performance; expected start date is July 1, 2016. AMCS is an endowed program in Arts & Sciences that fosters cross-disciplinary intellectual exchange and transformative scholarship at the intersections of the humanities and social sciences. It offers an undergraduate major, a PhD certificate program, a Master's program, and a wide array of collaborative research and teaching activities, seeking to build community among students of American culture from many fields.

The primary goal of this postdoctoral fellowship is to foster the Fellow's and our own intellectual development through productive academic exchange and collaboration. In addition to teaching two foundational courses in the program per year, the Fellow will advise and mentor undergraduate majors and actively contribute to the intellectual life of AMCS (accordingly, the Fellow is expected to be in residence during the fellowship period apart from research-related travel). The program stages many events in which the Fellow may participate, including workshops, lectures, book discussions and events associated with Faculty Program Initiatives, and a monthly Americanist Dinner Forum. It also hosts amcs.wustl, a site of cross-disciplinary exchange that features podcasts, archives, digital exhibits, etc.

We are particularly interested in applicants whose research and teaching (1) have a strong theoretical emphasis, but at the same time are deeply engaged with ethnographic, material, and/or historical particulars; and (2) center on the study of inequality, hierarchy and power, especially as they pertain to matters of identity, membership, and exclusion. We anticipate opportunities for involvement in established faculty program initiatives - in particular, a multi-year collaborative research project on "The Material World of Modern Segregation: St. Louis in the Long Era of Ferguson." Please consult the Modern Segregation page on our site for more information about the program and its many opportunities.

The AMCS Postdoctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity will receive a salary of $50,000 per year, plus benefits and a $3,000 annual research/travel stipend, which may be supplemented in cases of demonstrated need. To be considered, candidates must have received the Ph.D. since July 1, 2012, or be scheduled to defend the dissertation before July 1, 2016. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample (no more than 25 pages), a copy of their graduate school transcript, and a statement of research and teaching interest that references the kinds of courses they might teach which would be suited to the program's undergraduate curriculum.

How to Apply:

  • All applicants to Washington University in St. Louis must go through our online application portal. Please go to and select “Search Jobs.”
  • In the Keyword field, Enter Job ID #31846. Complete the online form and upload all your supporting materials.
  • Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Any and all supporting materials that are not able to be uploaded through the online application (e.g., letters of recommendation) must be received by 11:59 PM on Friday, January 1, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Because we expect to receive a large volume of applications, please read through the following F.A.Q. before contacting us.

1) What is the deadline for application submission?

All application materials must be submitted online through before midnight on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Additional materials unable to be uploaded with the application, such as an external letter of recommendation, must be received by 11:59 PM on Friday, January 1, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2) What application materials are required in order to have my application be considered complete?

The online application consists of a basic online form with six (6) required supporting documents that must be uploaded with the online form in a .pdf file format. These materials are as follows:

1. CV;

2. Cover Letter;

3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation;

4. Writing Sample (25 pages or less);

5. a Statement of Research and Teaching interests that references the kinds of courses you might teach that would be suited to our undergraduate curriculum;

6. a copy of your Graduate School transcript.

For items not available to upload online, you may submit them via email or postal/courier service (see Questions 3 and 4 below).

Your application will not be considered complete (and thus not eligible for consideration by the selection committee) until all of these documents are received.

Please Note: in order to attach the required materials to your application, you must EXIT the WashU jobs site then log back in using your established username and password. Click on "Add Attachment" to upload your additional materials.

3) Do I need to submit a certified copy of my transcript, or can I just submit a copy as part of my application?

At this stage in the application, we only need to see your coursework and final grades. A clean and legible copy or scan is all that is required to fulfill this required supporting document. A certified copy may be requested as part the final stages of hiring.

4) Can I submit supporting documents via email?

We ask that applicants upload as many supporting materials as possible during the online application process. Given the volume of applicants, submission in one place lessens the chance for elements of the application to get lost. The Selection Committee will only review complete applications.

The online application portal will allow you to upload all supporting materials (.pdf format only) and will allow you to see your completed application before submitting. Items such as letters of recommendation and transcripts that cannot be uploaded online can be sent via email or postal/courier service (see Questions 3 and 4).

Please direct your recommendation letter writers to either email or mail these materials as follows:

Via email: Send documents to with the Subject line “Attn: Postdoctoral Search Committee;”

Via USPS or Courier services:

Mailing/Physical Address:

Postdoctoral Search Committee
American Culture Studies
Washington University in St. Louis
McMillan Hall Rm. 140
1 Brookings Drive, CB 1126
St. Louis, MO 63130

5) What is the latest date by which I should have conferred my PhD in order to be eligible for this postdoctoral fellowship?

Candidates must have received their Ph.D. since July 1, 2012 or be scheduled to defend before July 1, 2016.

6) Who can I contact to make sure all of my application materials are received?

You should receive a confirmation email/status automatically through the online jobs portal once you’ve submitted your application.You will also be able to log-in to this portal and check the status of your application at any time.

Should you have any issues or concerns about your application process or experience, you may contact our Administrative Coordinator, Jennifer Gallinat, via email or phone ( / 314-935-5569) or our main line at 314-935-5216.

Given the anticipated volume of applicants, we appreciate your patience if our response time takes a day or two.

7) Should I submit additional documents such as course syllabi, course evaluations and proposed courses along with my other application materials?

No.The committee will request these items at a later date if they wish to see them.

8) When do you expect to begin the interview process? By when do you anticipate having the final selection made?

UPDATED, February 2016: Due to the extremely high volume of applicants, the winter holidays, and semester conflicts, we have fallen behind on our timeline. The Selection Committee is now currently reviewing application materials and we hope to be contacting the semi-finalists by mid to late February. Skype or phone interviews will be conducted during the last full week of February and the Finalist(s) will be invited to campus in late March. We are currently looking to host the Finalist(s) the week of March 21st. Thank you for your patience.

9) Is this position benefits-eligible?

Yes. Please go to for further information on benefits offered to Postdoctoral Fellows through Washington University in St. Louis.

10) What is the teaching course load for this fellowship?

The Postdoctoral fellow will teach two foundational courses in our undergraduate program each academic year, as well as advise and mentor undergraduates majors and actively contribute to the intellectual life of AMCS.Specific teaching and advising assignments will be made in consultation with program directors and will be based on AMCS’s needs as well as the fellows’ teaching expertise.

11) Will I have opportunities to travel to conferences and to conduct research outside of the Washington University community?

Yes. Our Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to attend conferences critical to their particular research interests.The annual travel/research stipend of $3,000 is offered for this particular purpose.

Contact Information

Please direct all inquiries to Jennifer Gallinat at or by phone at 314-935-5569.

Jennifer Gallinat

Administrative Coordinator, American Culture Studies