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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Law & Inequality

Northwestern University Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Law & Inequality, 2018-2020

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Northwestern University’s Center for Legal Studies invites applications from outstanding candidates for a full-time, two-year, non-renewable teaching and research post-doctoral fellowship beginning fall 2018. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and support original interdisciplinary research and teaching in the study of law and inequality in race, crime, policing, mass incarceration, civil rights, and related subject areas.

Eligible candidates will hold a PhD in sociology, political science, history, psychology, economics or related disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields by the start of the appointment (August 15, 2018) and have a record of excellence in teaching and research in law and racial inequality.

The fellowship will be held in residence in Northwestern University’s Center for Legal Studies for two academic years (2018-19 & 2019-20).  Fellows will teach two (2) undergraduate courses per year of the fellowship (4 total) and participate in the intellectual life of the Center including attending speaker events, workshops and reading groups in interdisciplinary legal studies. 

Northwestern University’s Legal Studies Program brings together students and scholars to explore law, legal institutions, and legal processes using the methodology and perspective of the social sciences and the humanities. The program offers an undergraduate major and minor and programming for graduate students from a variety of disciplines.

To Apply:

In order to receive full consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2018 and include:

Applications will only be accepted through the Online Application Portal. Please review the instructions below before you apply.


Application Instructions:

1. Please prepare all documents in advance as PDF files and determine at least two references. Only then should you proceed to the Online Application Portal. All required fields must be filled in before clicking the "Submit" button. Incomplete applications cannot be saved.

2. In the application portal, please complete OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION and ACADEMIC INFORMATION sections.

3. In the LIST OF REFERENCES SECTION, you will list at least two people who will submit letters of recommendation. After you submit your complete online application, your recommenders will automatically be emailed instructions for uploading their letters.

4. In the APPLICATION DOCUMENTS SECTION, please upload the following application documents as PDFs. No document may exceed 8MB in size. File names should not contain parentheses, quotation marks, or other such characters:

Access the application here:

Applications should be received by April 15, 2018


Please contact Ann Kelchner with questions.


AA/EOE:  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States.