CFA Paid Opportunity for Under/Graduate Researcher(s) in History of Sexuality

B. M.  Watson's picture
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Digital Humanities, Library and Information Science

About 50 Years On:

50 Years On, Many Years Past: Nonfictions of Sexuality ( is soon-to-be released  resource for the history of sexuality funded by a generous Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association. This project will develop an open-source, easily reusable bibliography chosen, reviewed, and annotated by historians of sexuality, sex educators, and librarians active in sexuality fields.

Additional resources offered will include:

  1. A worldwide searchable and annotated directory of archives of use to historians, students, and researchers interested in LGBTQIA+ research.
  2. A descriptive catalog of relevant digital projects connected to sexuality and sexual representation.
  3. An interactive visual timeline of major events in the history of sexuality to help ground and pique public interest.
  4. A bibliography of books tagged and searchable by research interest, reading level, topic, and more.

You can read a press release about the project from Indiana University Bloomington here, and see the archives, digital projects, and timeline at


Fellowship and Work Description

First off, I'd like to apologize for the small window for this application— it's something else that ended up getting tighter than intended due to COVID.

I am looking to hire at least one (possibly two) graduate or advanced undergraduate assistant(s) to support and facilitate the final phase of the HistSex project. This fellowship is largely aimed as MLIS or MA students with an interest or degree in digital humanities, digital archives, or related topics.

A successful candidate would be working alongside me in the processing of an annotated bibliography consisting of about 1000 items from Zotero to Omeka. This work will consist largely of metadata cleanup, error checking, and troubleshooting any issues with this upload. 

As a result, the following familiarities or skills would be helpful (but are not requirements):

  • Working knowledge of bash/command line scripts for batch data editing or processing
  • Familiarity with RegEx/regular expressions for batch data editing
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel or OpenRefine
  • Understanding of Zotero and/or Omeka S, especially the extension [ZoteroImport](



Remuneration is in the form of a $300 USD payment in 2 installments. This will likely entail about 20 hours of work over the last two weeks in February, meaning that the pay is around $15/hr, but the length of time is negotiable if the data processing goes faster than expected. The awardee will not be expected to work more than 20 hours. 

Finally, I am planning on the publication of one or more articles at the completion the project, and will offer the awardee an authorship role, along with mentoring and support if they desire. This is not a requirement of the position and any contributions or work will be noted in the final article, unless the awardee would prefer to remain unnamed. 



Send a short email or one page cover letter and a 2-3 page CV, to B. M. Watson at briwats [at] iu [dot]  edu on or before February 5th, 2021. References are not required.

Candidates from anywhere in the world are welcome to apply, however, the project focuses on the United States and Canada, will be conducted and presented in English and renumeration is in USD. 

Minoritized or multiply-marginalized candidates possessing essentially equivalent qualifications will receive preferential consideration. If applicable, please mention this in the cover letter.

p.s. Anyone that is interested in volunteering or collaborating is also welcome to reach out to me at the above email.  please also reach out with any missing archives or digital collections. Feel free to forward this to any candidate that would be a good fit or would benefit from this opportunity.

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