Georgetown University invites applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Study of American Religion and Slavery for the 2018-19 academic year. Candidates should be specialists in American Religion and must have received their PhD in Theology, Religious Studies, History, African American Studies, or Africana Studies by August of 2018 or within the past two years. The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to participate in ongoing research activities relating to Georgetown University’s Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation initiative. This will include archival research in Georgetown and Jesuit archives and further development of the digital capacity of the Georgetown Slavery Archive. The Fellow will also pursue his or her own independent research. In the Fall of 2018, the Fellow will have an opportunity to teach the “Problem of God” course, a landmark class offered in the Department of Theology that introduces students to the critical study of religion and theology through different religious traditions and perspectives. In this particular section of the course, the Fellow will be expected to explore slavery and American religion, focusing on Protestant, Catholic and Jesuit theological, ethical and philosophical justifications for and against slavery and the slave trade. In addition, the course will examine how debates on slavery shaped and informed theological discussions about the nature of God, religious experience, public life and social justice. The Fellow will be expected to incorporate primary research material from the Georgetown Slavery Archive into the course content, and use this teaching opportunity to train students in how to pursue archival research. In the Spring semester of 2019, the Fellow will host a public talk or panel that sheds light on the complex history of slavery and American religion, and explore what this means for contemporary debates on topics such as racial justice, religion’s role in public life, public monuments and racial memory, education or politics. This event will be held in the Department of African American Studies. In addition, the Fellow will host 2-3 luncheon workshops that will extend the public conversation on religion and slavery. The salary will be up to $60K with standard benefits. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and the names of two referees. Please send the requested material to Terrence L. Johnson ( by March 1, 2018. A review of applications will begin immediately. Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other categories protected by law.

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