Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Postdoctoral Fellowships and Proctorships

The Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University and the John Carter Brown Library (JCB) invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship focused on any area/theme of historical scholarship around racial slavery, and/ or Indigenous dispossession and slavery. The fellowship is also open to scholars working on the relationships between African slavery and Indigenous slavery and dispossession as well as related issues of freedom and sovereignty. Combining the mission and resources of the Simmons Center and the JCB, we expect to support a single fellow doing advanced research for a year (12 months) in residence beginning July 2024. The Simmons Center-JCB postdoctoral fellowship is expected to be offered annually in recognition of our collective commitment to advance scholarship in critical areas. Applications representing a wide range of disciplinary perspectives are welcome.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications received by February 29, 2024 will receive full consideration. The position salary is $72,000 and includes benefits and a modest research account.

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Opportunities at the Center

The Manager of Public Education Initiatives and Community Outreach fills a central role at the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (Simmons Center) in keeping with the Center’s mission to uphold the educational and community recommendations outlined in Brown’s landmark Slavery & Justice Report. The position’s focus will be on developing, managing, and implementing youth and education-based initiatives including, but not limited to courses, workshops, public programs, and special projects (such as curriculum development initiatives) to help teachers integrate topics related to slavery and social justice into their classrooms.

Additionally, a central aspect of the position will be leading the expansion of a rigorous pre-college program focused on the history and legacies of racial slavery and indigenous dispossession. The position will serve as the Center’s connection to community programming, ensuring that local public and charter schools and their constituencies are a central part of the Center’s participant community. The ideal candidate should have strong administrative, organizational, and computer skills, as well as an educational background in the mission and content of the Center, including the history and legacy of slavery.

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Reimagining New England Histories Opportunities

Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking applicants for the 2024 New England Black and Indigenous Maritime Histories Summer Internship. This interdisciplinary internship engages with BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) maritime histories and contemporary communities through academic exploration and hands-on practice in public engagement, curation, and community conversations. The program benefits students with interest in museum careers as well as students who aspire to positions of leadership in community and responsibility in other fields such as education, business, government, and more. Applications are due February 16th, 2024



For more than 60 years, the Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum has drawn graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars to its residential, five week-long summer programs in maritime studies. During the summer of 2024, the Munson Institute will offer two co-current courses focused on the American maritime experience. These courses will trace U.S. maritime heritage from before “America” to the present, exploring maritime communities, cultures, and industries through lecture, discussion, and independent research. Applicants for the 2024 summer session may apply for one of the twelve fellowships. Each of the resident fellowships, set to run from June 24 – July 26, will be supported with a $2,000 stipend, accommodations in museum-owned housing, and book purchases. Applications are due by March 8, 2024.


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