Postdoctoral Associate (Faculty)

Posting Summary

The Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL) is pleased to invite applications for a Postdoctoral Associate during the 2019-20 academic year to begin September 2019. Initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and available funding. The Postdoctoral Associate will receive a $45,000 salary, health benefits, and office space in the Rutgers Academic Building on the College Avenue campus. In addition to conducting research and organizing symposia during the course of the academic year, the Postdoctoral Associate will teach one undergraduate course in AMESALL.


Minimum Education and Experience

All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed by August 1, 2019.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The candidate should have a doctorate in sociolinguistics/translation/cultural studies, with a research focus on eastern Africa, widely defined as that area of cultural interchange within the wider Indian Ocean context. Proficiency in Kiswahili and another written language relevant to the study of the Indian Ocean experience will be an added advantage.


Postdoctoral associate will conduct research in their field, participate in academic activities of AMESALL, teach one undergraduate course, and work with the directors in organizing the series on Global Africa and the Humanities. Global Africa and the Humanities seeks to expand the scope of the humanities by galvanizing knowledge-practices that have been under-represented in the academic study of Africa and its Diaspora. Through its symposia and conferences the series will seek to connect, in a global network, individuals and institutions engaged in cutting-edge research towards the production of knowledge on Global Africa rooted in multiple epistemologies and capable of generating alternative pedagogies for research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge across disciplinary, geographic, cultural, religious, gender and generational boundaries. In the process, the series will also reflect on Global Africa‚Äôs relationship to the global academy in terms of global knowledge production, dissemination and consumption, with particular focus on the politics of location, mobility and positionality of knowledge in the humanities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter, CV, three confidential letters of recommendation, a 250-400 word abstract of your research project, a research statement (no more than 4 single-spaced pages), and a detailed proposal for an advanced undergraduate course that you would like to teach. Please direct all inquiries about this search to Alamin Mazrui (

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Other Document
  4. Research Statement
  5. List of References Contact Information

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