Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in Latinx Arts, Literatures, Cultures or Religions

The Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Latinx Arts, Literatures, Cultures or Religions. The Humanities Research Center is an internationally recognized hub that fosters innovative humanities and arts research at Rice University and builds collaborations with local, national and global partners. We seek emergent scholars who explore new avenues in Latinx/e Studies, methodologically and/or thematically, including those who go beyond and/or question identity concepts such as latinidad y hispanidad via indigenous, black, and/or queer/cuir studies. We are especially interested in researchers who work in (or bridge) the fields of Mexican-American studies, Central American-American studies, Borderlands and Migration studies, Tejano Studies and/or Latinx Studies in Houston, Texas, the US South, and/or the Gulf Coast.

Houston is one of the nation’s most dynamic and important hubs of Latinx life, art, and writing. 44% of Houstonians identify as Hispanic/Latinx and the metropolitan area has the nation’s fourth largest Latino/a population. The city boasts a highly diverse and stratified Latinx/Hispanic population in terms of class, ethnicity, race, gender, heritage and/or national roots and many museums, galleries and other spaces devoted to Latinx art, cultures, and religions.  We hope that the postdoc will both benefit from and contribute to the vital and highly dynamic Latinx spaces on campus and beyond. 

The postdoctoral fellow will have both interdisciplinary and disciplinary homes and faculty mentors at Rice. They will be located within the  HRC and the newly formed Initiative for the Study of Latinx America (ISLA) as well as one or two of the following departments: Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, English, Art History, History, Religion, and/or Visual and Dramatic Arts.

This position is for the period from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 with the possibility of renewal for a second year (subject to available funding). It is a full-time position with a 1/1 teaching load and is benefits eligible. The fellow will receive an annual salary of $60,000 and a $3,000 allowance for research and/or relocation to Houston.

Work-related duties may include:

  • Teaching/co-teaching courses (and possibly workshops) in consultation with departments and affiliated campus units
  • Presenting content online (reviews, interviews, blogs, podcasts) drawn from research, teaching, and outreach
  • Coordinating a series of speakers and events in related topic areas
  • Presenting own research in a works-in-progress series with other fellows
  • Provides academic services (ie. teaching classes) to the department as required
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Applicants from any humanistic discipline or the interpretive social sciences are eligible to apply and must have the PhD in hand by June 1, 2022. Applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on issues related to Latinx studies,  border studies, Afro-Latinx or indigenous studies are eligible to apply. We especially welcome applicants with an interdisciplinary background and/or those in literature, anthropology, history, art history, visual arts, and religion.

Applicants must have demonstrated research interest in the Latinx studies and have excellent communication, administration, and time-management skills.

Required Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Three page CV
  • 1,000-word research project proposal
  • Writing sample (chapter-length, approximately 25 pages)
  • One page course proposal for a one-semester undergraduate course in Latinx Arts and Cultures
  • Three letters of recommendation

Combine all materials except the letters of recommendation into one pdf. Have the letters of recommendation sent separately to

If you have difficulty attaching the required documents, please email them to and they will be attached to your application.

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Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Deadline for application:

HAS BEEN EXTENDED to April 18, 2022

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