Postdoctoral Scholar in Arts, Humanities, STEM or Social Sciences with a focus on Black Studies

November 4, 2019


The Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for two postdoctoral researcher positions for the academic year 2020-21. The research areas may include the fields and disciplines within Arts, Humanities, STEM or Social Sciences with a focus on Black Studies and/or Black communities in the African Diaspora (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia/Oceania). Part of the Fellowship (25%) is devoted to developing the Center’s programs, which may involve mentoring undergraduate research fellows. No teaching is required. The fellowship will provide a salary based on the candidate’s qualifications. Research and travel allowance may be provided. Health insurance will be provided. This position is a 12-month appointment beginning July 1, 2020 with a possibility of 2nd year appointment, upon evaluation.

Basic qualifications:
Applicants must have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D., except for the dissertation (all but dissertation) at the time of application in social sciences, arts, humanities or STEM.

Additional qualifications:
Ph.D. conferral by June 15, 2020
Research in at least one of the following areas: Black/African American Studies, Black Communities, or any focus on the African Diaspora.

Preferred qualifications:
Knowledge or experience in quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies
Ability to interact and work collaboratively
Ability to work with undergraduates
Ability to work independently

Applicants must submit a cover letter indicating research interests and experiences; Curriculum Vitae; a writing sample (dissertation chapter, refereed journal article, or refereed conference proceeding); and three references (contact information only) via the online application.
Applications received by January 3, 2020, will be given primary consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, mentoring and service.

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


Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Indicate research interests and experience

  • Writing Sample - Dissertation chapter, refereed journal article, or refereed conference proceeding.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Faculty Research Opportunity: Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP)

September 10, 2019

The Sustainable Horizons Institute and Berkeley Lab invite faculty to apply to SRP 2019-2020. This program offers a one of a kind research experience alongside Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences staff.
The Program is intended for faculty from a variety of institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions, liberal arts, and community colleges, who support students such as women, minorities, first generation scholars, and people with disabilities as well as from underprivileged backgrounds. Faculty learn about opportunities to engage in collaborative, cutting-edge research with Berkeley Lab computing scientists.

Key Dates

  • Application Open: Aug 26th

  • Application Due: Sept 13th

  • Matching Workshop: Dec 3rd-4th

  • Research Activities: Summer 2020

Application requirements and other details can be found at:


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New Postdoctoral Fellow hired for 2019–2020

September 1, 2019

The Center for Black Studies Research is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Justin Hosbey as a Postdoctoral Fellow for 2019–2020.

Dr. Hosbey earned a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2016, with a dissertation titled "Charter Schools, Black Social Life, and the Refusal of Death in Post-Katrina New Orleans." Since then, he has been working at Emory University as an assistant professor in the department of anthropology.

In the Fall quarter, Dr. Hosbey will lead a workshop series titled Race, Space, and Place: Ethnography and the Digital Humanities. Participants will learn new tools in the digital and spatial humanities, as well as read critical texts from relevant Black studies scholars, including George Lipsitz, Katherine McKittrick, Christina Sharpe, Bobby Wilson, and Clyde Woods. These activities provide participants with support for imagining and engaging new projects at the intersection of Black Studies, cultural anthropology, and the digital humanities.

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Winners announced for CBSR Seed Grant Awards

September 1, 2019

The Center for Black Studies Research (CBSR) is pleased to announce the 2019–2020 winners for the CBSR Faculty Seed Grant Award and CBSR Graduate Student Seed Grant Award to support interdisciplinary research in Black Studies and/or Data Science with a focus on Black communities. Funds are competitive and limited. Our focus for this round of grants was on interdisciplinary research that aligned with the CBSR’s research priorities. These awards are funded through the kindness of the Vice Chancellor of the Office of Research at UCSB.


2019–2020 CBSR Faculty Seed Grant Awardees

Jeffrey C. Stewart, "Another University IS Possible"

Terrance Wooten, "Geospatial Clustering of Registered Sex Offenders in Maryland: An Intersectional Analysis"

2019–2020 CBSR Graduate Student Seed Grant Awardees

Matthew M. Harris, "Medicine for a Nightmare: Sun Ra, Metaphysical Religion, and the Black Radical Imagination, 1946–1961"

Matthew N. Giles, "Recruiting Community-Oriented Police Officers in White Police Departments Serving Black Communities"

See list of past awardees

CBSR Seed Grants



Louisiana: Race, Climate Change, and the Carceral State

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall
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Engineering to Advocacy: A Nontraditional Academic Journey

Monday, Oct 28, 2019 UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall
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"Surveying the Terrain": Session 1 of Race, Space, and Place Workshop

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 UCSB Center for Black Studies Research, 4603 South Hall