Penn State PPFP Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian Diaspora Studies/Asian American Studies

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian Diaspora Studies/Asian American Studies

The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Liberal Arts is supporting a postdoctoral fellow in Asian Diaspora Studies/Asian American Studies under the auspices of the PPFP. This position is co-sponsored by the Departments of Asian Studies and English, who are seeking a Global Asias scholar working in the fields of Asian American or Asian Diaspora Studies. Global Asias is a conceptual approach that draws on the methods, vocabularies, and priorities of critical race and ethnic studies to unsettle the assumptions of Asian Studies. It simultaneously leverages Asian Studies’ attentiveness to questions of place, regional awareness, and linguistic expertise to discomfit Asian American Studies’ tendency to reinforce the US-centrism of concepts governing the Asian diaspora. We seek candidates with expertise on Asian diasporic histories and cultural production whose work addresses some of the complicated issues—including but not limited to migration, displacement, inequality, social movements, empire and militarism, labor, aesthetics, environmental justice, gender, racialization, and violence–raised by transnational contexts. Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary scholarly approaches are especially welcome.

The postdoctoral fellow will have an opportunity to work with the Global Asias Initiative (GAI). This Initiative, supported by Penn State Asian Studies and the Penn State College of Liberal Arts, encompasses several interrelated projects that bring into relation, but not necessarily into alignment, work in Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Asian Diaspora Studies. The GAI cultivates multi-disciplinary collaboration through the work of an award-winning journal, Verge: Studies in Global Asias; a biennial Global Asias conference series; an annual Global Asias Summer Institute; and a series of “On the Road” projects that partner with academic departments, professional organizations, and cultural institutions to generate thematic and conceptual links among the disciplines and regional/area/ethnic studies formations that address Asia in a variety of particularist (national, subnational, individual) and generalist (national, regional, global) modes.

For more information about how to apply, please visit the PPFP website:

Applications due by December 1, 2021.