Jobs For Medievalists

TITLE:                      Public Humanities Fellow

DEPARTMENT:      Center for Renaissance Studies

SUMMARY: The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies seeks an early career scholar in Premodern Critical Race Studies to serve as a Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow for one year (with the possibility of renewal for a second year pending grant funding) to support Seeing Race Before Race, a multi-year project including an exhibition, public and scholarly programming, a publication, and digital initiatives. Reporting to the Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, the Fellow will begin in Fall 2022, one year before the exhibition launches in Fall 2023.


  • Ensures that all exhibition assets align with prevailing methods of premodern critical race studies.
  • Assists in creating and editing exhibition texts;
  • Acts as the internal and external communications lead for the project;
  • Manages exhibition programming work;
  • Develops digital resources;
  • Liaises with departments across the Newberry;
  • All other duties as assigned to meet departmental and organizational goals.


  • PhD in a humanities field related to global studies ca.1100-1800, with expertise in premodern critical race studies preferred (the incumbent’s degree must have been completed within the past five years);
  • Preference may be given to candidates whose scholarly work or career has been focused on public history, museums, libraries, and archives

SCHEDULE: This is a full-time, nonexempt position, working 35 hours per week, with normal hours generally from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The incumbent will be required to work in person.

BENEFITS: The Newberry offers a comprehensive benefits package including a variety of health, dental, and vision insurances; generous paid time off (vacation time, sick leave, personal days, and paid holidays); a 403(B) retirement plan with an employer match; employer-provided basic life insurance; and much more.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact info of three references in a single PDF document to Please include “FirstName LastName – Seeing Race Fellow” in the email’s subject line. The PDF document should be titled in the format of lastname_firstname.pdf. Applications sent without a cover letter and CV will not be considered. Please, no phone calls.

For more information about this project, please email

The Newberry’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to our mission: providing free and open access to a collection spanning more than six centuries; building and sustaining communities of learning, advancing and disseminating knowledge; and acquiring and preserving materials that represent a range of perspectives and experiences—including those that historically have been underappreciated, marginalized, or silenced. As a civic institution that values the free exchange of ideas, it is the Newberry’s duty to ensure that attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion informs all that we do, internally and externally. This is an urgent priority for the staff and board of trustees as we shape our institution and outreach.

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