Energy Justice in Global Perspective
The Global Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a
Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Scholar on the theme of “energy justice in global perspective.”This seminar focuses on the ways in which certain communities are disproportionately affected by
energy regimes and seeks to advance energy justice scholarship with the goal of analyzing and
transforming, at this pivotal time, how decisions about energy development, production, and use are
made. The Mellon Sawyer Seminar award is being managed by the Institute for Social, Behavioral and
The successful candidate will have a track record of research in energy justice that is interdisciplinary
and global, and have plans for extending this research agenda. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also
assist in all aspects of the organization of a year-long seminar that includes keynote speakers,
roundtables, and public film screenings, and will work with two graduate students affiliated with the
seminar. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be mentored by one of the UCSB faculty leading the seminar.
Requirements: Ph.D. in the humanities or interpretive sciences, including Native American and
indigenous studies, ethnic studies, feminist studies, global studies, history, film and media studies,
environmental studies, or related fields. Ph.D. must be awarded from an accredited university within
the last five academic years. For Ph.D. candidates - degree must be awarded by the anticipated start
date of July 1, 2018. Applicants with experience organizing and hosting academic events are
particularly encouraged to apply.
This is a full time, 12-month appointment with an anticipated start date of July, 2018 or later.
Postdoctoral Scholars are required to be in residence for the entirety of the 2018-2019 program.
Sawyer Seminar organizers are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity
and excellence of the academic community through research, professional activity, and service.
Primary consideration will be given to applications submitted by December 18, 2017. If a successful
candidate isn't identified from the applications received by the primary consideration date, applications
received after the primary consideration date will be reviewed. Questions about the position should be
Applications should be submitted via UC Recruit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01127 and
-- Brief Cover letter
-- Curriculum vitae
-- Statement of Research (1,000 words maximum) summarizing the applicant's intellectual interests,
scholarly training, research agenda, and relevant experience as these relate to our seminar's projected
-- A writing sample
-- Two letters of recommendation
-- if applicant is ABD, one of these letters should be from the dissertation advisor indicating expected
date of degree.
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.