FEATURED JOB: Mitchell Center/JMC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020-2021, University of Pennsylvania, Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy

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Mitchell Center/JMC Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020-2021

University of Pennsylvania, Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy 

2020-2021 Academic Year
Application Deadline: February 16, 2020
Apply through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/72670

The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship created in partnership with the Jack Miller Center. The Program welcomes both empirical and normative scholarship from scholars in any discipline who intend to pursue an academic career primarily aimed at advancing learning on the governmental and economic institutions of the United States, especially their historical roots in the principles and politics of the Constitution’s founding era, and the ideas, debates, and contests that have shaped their subsequent development.

In addition to pursuing independent research and participating generally in the intellectual life of the Penn community, the JMC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center is expected to attend and participate in Mitchell Center events; teach one undergraduate course related to their academic interests; co-lead a research seminar for Mitchell Center undergraduate fellows; and attend other Mitchell events whenever possible.

Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In addition to hosting speakers from the fields of academia, journalism, politics, and public policy, the Mitchell Center supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research.  It continues the legacy of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, which fostered interdisciplinary scholarship from 2007 to 2017.


Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2015 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2020.


Application Deadline: February 16, 2020
Apply through Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/72670

In addition to the Personal and Profile information requested by Interfolio, the following information and documents will be required:


  1. Email Address
  2. Home Telephone Number
  3. Mobile Telephone Number 
  4. Country of Citizenship
  5. Country of Permanent Residence
  6. Current Position (Indicate your title, department, institution, and City/State).  If you are not employed, please state what you are currently doing.

Documents to be uploaded

  1.  CV
  2. Title and Description of Two Undergraduate Course Proposals  - Single-spaced (one page each) proposals of possible Undergraduate Seminars you would like to teach at Penn.
  3. Title and Description of Proposed Research Study – No more than 1,000 words.
  4. Confidential Letters of Recommendation (three) - Referees should be asked both to comment on your proposed project and to discuss your qualifications as a teacher. 
  5. Writing Sample – An article or excerpt of a book or dissertations chapter.  (20 page limit.)
  6. Cover Letter

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Contact Info: 

Matthew Roth
Assistant Director, Andrea Mitchell Center