The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Job Opportunities

The College of William & Mary seeks a postdoctoral fellow

Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate

William & Mary seeks a postdoctoral fellow to participate in research and programming for The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. This residential fellowship will be awarded for a period of two years, beginning August 2020 and is open to individuals who have met all requirements for the doctorate by the position start date. The application review begins on May 8, 2020, and the job closes on May 10, 2020. The salary is $50k per year.  Apply at [].


The Lemon Project Fellow will engage the community in the search for descendants of the people enslaved by William & Mary and its affiliates from its founding until the U.S. Civil War. The Fellow will help to prepare community members to locate descendants (by birth or community affiliation) using archival research and genealogical methods. Findings will be used in The Lemon Project’s restorative justice efforts, including supporting the African American community’s awareness and understanding of its role in the history of William & Mary, increasing awareness of the institution’s public narrative through curriculum and workshop development, and supporting the completion of the Memorial to African Americans Enslaved by William & Mary.


Required Qualifications

  • Completed the PhD no more than five years prior to position start date
    • Demonstrated research experience in U.S. and African American History
    • Experience teaching in traditional, non-traditional, and workshop settings
    • Demonstrated experience with community engagement or restorative justice work
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Awareness of the growing movement of universities studying slavery and its legacies
    • Working knowledge of the tenets of public history
    • Ability to share research findings in a way that makes them accessible and useful to the public
    • Demonstrated experience in genealogical research


This fellowship is supported by Sharing Authority to Remember and Re-interpret the Past, a grant to William & Mary by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, or to apply, visit []. William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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