Research Associate, Race and Capitalism

Illinois, United States
03 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Chicago: Social Sciences Division: Department of Political Science

Location: Chicago, IL


The National Race and Capitalism Project invites applications for a Research Associate based at the University of Chicago. This is a full-time research position beginning September 2020 with a one-year term, renewable upon satisfactory performance review. The salary (nine months) and benefits are competitive.

The Race and Capitalism Project is a multi-institution collaboration housed in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. The project seeks to reinvigorate, strengthen, and deepen scholarship on how processes of racialization shape capitalist society and economy and how capitalism simultaneously shapes processes of racialization. This project was initiated and conceived at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) at the University of Chicago, and the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR) at the University of Washington. Central questions included:

  1. What is the relationship between racial and economic inequality;
  2. How has the relationship between various racial and ethnic groups, the economy, and civil society changed over time; and
  3. What theoretical approaches to the studies of capitalism and race best explain the empirical reality of 21st century capitalism. Key goals included: increasing collaboration between scholars across disciplines; advancing the state of scholarship on race and capitalism; and where appropriate, highlighting key findings from the project for use in public discourse.

The Research Associate will take a leading role in coordinating the program and will participate with the project staff, the faculty director, and a predoctoral fellow in formulating a long-range vision for the project as well as implementing the plan for the year. Candidates for the fellowship must bring a project related to the goals of the National Project on which they intend to work during the appointment. The Research Associate will also participate in scholarly activities associated with the Project, which include workshops, retreats, and lectures.

The Research Associate will also be involved in local projects, events, and programming at the University of Chicago, such as helping organize speaker visits for public lectures and coordinating the related reading groups. The Research Associate will be responsible for advancing their own research agenda while contributing to the seminar’s scholarly output through a public lecture. The Research Associate will be supervised by the faculty director, with additional mentorship from other members of the University of Chicago faculty as appropriate, depending on specialization.


To be eligible, candidates must have received their PhD within the previous five years or be on track to complete a PhD in a social science or humanities field prior to the start of this position, and have a research agenda that examines the intersection of race and capitalism.

Application Instructions

Applications are required to include:

  1. a two-page cover letter that includes a summary of the dissertation and discusses how the candidate’s research addresses questions of the relationship between race and capitalism;
  2. a current CV;
  3. one writing sample (limit 30 pages);
  4. three letters of recommendation.

To be considered, those interested must apply through The University of Chicago's Academic Recruitment job board, which uses Interfolio to accept applications: 

Review of applications will begin on September 16, 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.