Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies – Rice University

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies
Institution: Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
Location: Houston, Texas
Deadline: Open until filled

Description from official job posting:

The Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS) at Rice University in Houston, Texas is currently accepting applications for the Annette and Hugh Gragg postdoctoral research fellowship in Transnational Asian Studies to begin July 1, 2019. By “transnational,” we mean an approach that devotes particular attention to the movement of peoples, products, ideas, technologies, etc. across established borders and boundaries. The search is open to geographical/conceptual areas of transnational Asia, including Asian diaspora, and to a broad historical time of research.

The annual stipend is $50,000, with an additional $5,000 for research and travel expenses and a one-time relocation allowance of $3,000. This is a one-year position renewable once for a second year, and we intend to appoint two fellows in this position.

This position has no application deadline and will remain open until filled.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in hand by the time of appointment in one of the following fields: anthropology, Asian American studies, Asian studies, global health studies, history, religion, science and technology studies, sociology, or women’s/gender/sexuality studies.


*Participate in the Center’s Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) leading to one public seminar and two publishable articles per year
*Teach one class per year

Application Documents:
Cover Letter
Writing Sample
Curriculum Vitae
Research Statement
Sample Syllabus

Writing sample: If the writing sample is available online, a web link can be submitted instead of the paper itself.
Research statement: This statement should address one’s research agenda and publication strategy.
Transcript(s): An unofficial transcript can be submitted as part of the application. Please note that an official transcript clearly indicating conferral of a PhD degree will be required before an offer is made.

There is no application deadline, and this position will remain open until filled, and letters of recommendation will be requested only for short-listed candidates.

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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