Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Opportunities at the Center

About the Global Curatorial Project

Reporting to the Head of Collection Services and Metadata, the Global Curatorial Project Archivist accessions, arranges, describes, and catalogs the oral histories and related documentation, in all types of digital and analog formats, created and collected by the Global Curatorial Project. The Archivist will contribute the resulting collections and descriptive metadata to existing online databases and a new digital archive site dedicated to the GCP. The work is done in a user-centered and access-driven approach to processing and cataloging archival collections while paying close attention to the ethical needs of diverse cultural materials and their creators. 

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About The Reimagining New England Histories Project

Brown University faculty members can apply for funds to support the development or expansion of a course along the themes of the Reimagining New England Histories project.  Themes include: the maritime perspective, place & Indigeneity, African American captivity and slavery in New England, discussions around settler colonialism and white supremacy, Indigenous slavery, and decolonial approaches to archival practices, among others. 

Applicants can apply for funds up to $5,000 which can be used for items such as student research support, books, purchasing film, travel to an archive to gather primary documents.  

Applications are due by June 30, 2022.  Applications should include a brief itemized budget; a one-two page write-up on the proposed course, the semester it will be taught, and the ways the grant can support this work.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship (2022-2023) in Slavery and the Public Humanities.  The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow will be to serve as project manager and to guide the coordination and implementation of a digitally published platform in support of the documentary film series Creating the New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in collaboration with Firelight Media directed by Stanley Nelson.  

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world. We are also attentive to contemporary forms of human bondage and injustice. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarly research around issues of racial slavery, contemporary forms of injustice, as well as freedom.

Given the work of the CSSJ is focused on the history and legacies of racial slavery, the Center has a broad network of scholars and institutions that also are deeply committed to values of diversity and inclusion. The CSSJ is interested in qualified candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.


Applicants must have completed doctoral work by the time of application and should have a Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline with scholarship focused upon the history and legacies of slavery. Applications from candidates with experience in public humanities and digital scholarship are particularly welcome. The successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the intellectual life of CSSJ.

Application Instructions

The position salary is $61,500 and includes benefits and a modest research account.

For full consideration, applicants should submit a Cover Letter, CV, writing sample, public humanities scholarship sample, or portfolio, and three letters of reference. Applications received by July 4, 2022 will receive full consideration.


Opportunities Beyond the Center

During the summer of 2022, Munson Institute classes will be a part of the Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom projectThe Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University and Williams College, will hold classes at Mystic Seaport to interrogate the region’s past.  The history and legacies of settler colonialism, racial slavery, servitude, dispossession, Indigenous resistance, and  African-American strategies for fashioning pursuits of freedom will be considered.  A distinctive feature of this summer program will be the framing of these topics within the context of New England’s maritime setting, an environment that fostered interaction, mobility, and exploitation.

Applicants for the 2022 summer session may apply for one of the twelve fellowships being offered through the Mellon Foundation grant starting on December 1, 2021.  These positions are most particularly intended for junior faculty and graduate students. We also encourage applications from the region’s tribal nations and African American communities.  Each of the resident fellowships, set to run from June 27 – July 29, will be supported with a $2,000 stipend plus museum-owned housing, and book purchases.

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Summer Institutes

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