Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associates

The Department of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana invites applications for two Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associates. These are one-year appointments with a start date of August 16, 2022. The associates are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment (August 2022-May 2023). They are also expected to give a presentation on their research project and to teach one of the department’s regularly offered undergraduate courses. The associates will be housed in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but will also be provided opportunities to build a supportive on-campus community with the associates from African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies.

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The candidate must have attained a Ph.D. after August 15, 2017. Individuals working toward a Ph.D. will be considered, but the dissertation must be defended and deposited prior to August 16, 2022. The primary focus of the successful candidates’ research must be U.S. Latinas/os/xs, broadly constructed. We seek postdoctoral students who advance the necessary work of feminist, anti-racist, transnational, postcolonial, and decolonial theoretical perspectives. Approaches to scholarship may include, but are not limited to, Afro-Latinidades, Afro-Indigenous studies, trans studies, and relational ethnic studies with additional interests in queer of color critique, disability studies, and social and environmental justice. Creative research from all disciplines and interdisciplines are eligible and will be considered.

We also welcome and encourage applicants who have had non-traditional pathways to academia, including taking time off to care for loved ones, single parenting / guardianship, and individuals who have excelled in the arts, community organizing and advocacy, or professional service.

The strength of the department can only be enhanced by scholars, staff, and faculty who are committed to continuing to transform the world through the ethics of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

These are external appointments. Current University of Illinois faculty members and graduate students at the Urbana-Champaign campus are not eligible to apply. Scholars who received their Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are also not eligible for these appointments.

Salary and Appointment Information

$47,500 salary over a 12-month period. Additional $5,000 for research expenses. Comprehensive benefit package.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

Create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at and upload your application materials:

  • Cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of the research/writing project to be undertaken during the appointment.
  • Scholarly writing sample (Requested at a later date; 20 pages minimum).
  • Graduate transcripts (Copies are requested at time of submission; official copies will be requested from finalists at a later date).
  • Contact information for three professional references. For candidates who have not yet completed their Ph.D. at the time of application, one of these letters must be from the chair of the dissertation committee addressing the likelihood of completion by the starting date of the post doc appointment.

For more information, please contact: M. Laura Castañeda, E-mail:

To be considered, applications must be submitted by January 31, 2022. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

For further information about the post doc position, contact the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at (217)265-0370 or visit (

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