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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Giovanna Ceserani

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Ceserani, Giovanna
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Mark Algee-Hewitt, Grant Parker, Laura Stokes
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA)
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
12 months
Appointment Start Date: 
September 1, 2023
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Submit all materials to by May 15, 2023, 5:00 p.m. (PST). 

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
Yes. The expected base pay range for this position is listed in Pay Range field. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.
Pay Range: 

Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023-2024 
With the support of the Mellon Foundation’s Sawyer Seminar program, the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University seeks applications for a one-year Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities. The postdoctoral fellow will play a leading role in organizing, administering and participating in the Mellon Sawyer seminar entitled “The Data that Divides Us: Recalibrating Data Methods for New Knowledge Frameworks Across the Humanities.”
We seek recent humanities PhDs whose research operates at the intersection with a relevant data-based field, including, but not limited to, digital humanities, data science, computational linguistics or social science, or information science. In addition, the successful applicant’s interests will align with the Seminar’s goal of investigating how the latency of values involving gender, race, class or the medical normal are encoded into existing data sets and the methodologies that we use to analyze them. Preference will be given to candidates whose work intersects with one or more of the critical fault lines around which the seminar will foster a sustained interdisciplinary dialogue: data before and after the digital divide; the ongoing legacies of nineteenth-century conceptions of data; and the challenge posed by premodern conceptions of scale and individual realities to our contemporary methods of analyzing the distant past. Scholars in any relevant discipline and working on any time period are welcome to apply.
The postdoctoral fellow will work with the organizers to administer the seminar, in which they will also be a full participant. Primary responsibilities will be to conduct original research on a topic related to the seminar theme; to attend and participate in the seminar meetings and other activities; and to assist as needed with the coordination of events. The postdoctoral fellow will be hosted by CESTA and will be expected to be in residence at the University throughout the duration of their fellowship. 
The Fellowship carries a twelve-month appointment beginning September 1, 2023 and a minimum salary of $71,650, benefits and an annual research stipend. To apply, candidates must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree after June 30, 2020 and before July 31, 2023.  

Required Qualifications: 
  • Applicants must have earned the PhD within the past 3 years.
  • Advanced doctoral students applying must include a statement from their dissertation supervisor indicating that they will have the Ph.D. conferred by July 31, 2023.
Required Application Materials: 
  • A current CV
  • Names and contact information (email) for two references
  • Cover Letter where you explain your contribution to the Seminar 
  • Writing sample (20-25 pages)


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.