Racial Equity Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Digital Interests Lab
New York University: NYU - NY: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and
Human Development: Office of Research: PRIISM
New York, NY
May 10, 2022
Jun 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The Digital Interests Lab is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in " Racial
Equity " starting September 2022 with opportunity for annual renewal through
2024. Based at New York University (NYU), the Digital Interests Lab is a
research collaborative that fosters interdisciplinary scholarship on data
governance and public accountability. The fellow will work in close
collaboration with Dr. Anne L. Washington, the Principal Investigator (PI)
and Director of the Lab in addition to another postdoctoral fellow in Data
Justice being hired simultaneously.
The Racial Equity fellow will identify legacies of institutional inequality in
emerging data technology, specifically reimagining how to handle digital
patterns of enforced racial hierarchies and historic injustice in Black,
brown, indigenous, and other marginalized communities. This fellowship will
emphasize public scholarship and communicating to policy audiences. Experience
with naturalistic fieldwork is a plus.
Requirements include a law degree or a doctoral degree in a relevant field
such as history, digital humanities, sociology, communications, ethnography,
education, psychology, political science, or library & information science in
addition to research interests such as ethnic studies, African-American
history, ethics, American studies, public administration, governance,
organizational behavior, infrastructure studies, or digital government.
The fellow will divide time across two broad areas:
Participation. Postdocs will actively participate in the intellectual life
of the lab by exchanging drafts, sharing research in informal settings,
and attending regular Lab meetings.
Professional Development. Applicants should envision a research stream
that supports the mission of the Lab including contributing to co-authored
papers In collaborative partnership with the PI, each fellow will create a
2-year career plan, which will include public presentations of work.
The fellow will join NYU's Washington Square campus in New York City, however
remote or non-resident fellows are welcomed. The positions are situated within
the academic department of Applied Statistics, Social Sciences and Humanities
which is part of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human
Development. The fellowships are housed within the Center for Practice and
Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology
The ideal candidate is a strong writer who is familiar with a range of
methodological approaches; can work in a team or independently; has a track
record of cross-disciplinary work; and displays an interest in practical
applications of academic scholarship. Proven professional familiarity with
racial equity in the tech industry is a plus. Demonstrated teamwork in
theater, sports, music, or project-based collaborations preferred.
Applicants must provide a short statement that covers the following three
Proposal : We are committed to accountability in digital
infrastructures. Describe your one-year empirical project and its broader
impact or envision one that might address: digitized social hierarchies;
patterns of injustice or exclusion; subverted power dynamics;
computational, community, governance, or regulatory solutions;
infrastructure, standards, or legitimacy; human resilience and historic
legacies in digital infrastructure.
Accountability : We represent many social, political, and economic
groups. Please discuss how your personal experiences and/or scholarship
challenge systems that enforce power imbalances.
Methods : We are open to different methodological approaches. Please
describe your scholarly training or address any of these questions: What
is your epistemology? Which theorists or methodologists do you cite? What
are your favorite software packages? Which methods class have you taken?
Please submit your application on Interfolio. The application must include a
CV, a writing sample (max 2 documents), contact information (name, title,
and email address) for 2-3 references, and the requested statement (max 3
pages or ~900 words). Applications received by the deadline Monday, June 6,
2022 will receive priority. Only Interfolio applications with the requested
statement will be considered.
The annualized salary of $70,000 was generously funded by a gift from the
Microsoft Corporation. Fellows are supported with health benefits and a
stipend for travel or computing.
You may also directly contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "
Equity PostDoc2022 " in the subject line.
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search.
Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all
application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free
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