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Job Title: Research Associate (Sawyer Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow) – Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

Job ID: 22123

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.


– Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding


– Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data


– Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings


– Collaborates with internal and external colleagues


– Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.


The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.


The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at the Graduate Center announces a post-doctoral fellowship for a scholar pursuing research on notions and practices of race and racialization in the Middle East/North Africa and among Middle Easterners/North Africans in the United States.


Since 2001, the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, has been promoting the study of the Middle East and migrants from the region. Bringing together a critical mass of more than eighty affiliated faculty members from throughout the CUNY system, MEMEAC serves as a magnet for doctoral students at the GC who focus on the Middle East and North Africa from different disciplinary perspectives and a hub for our own Master’s students. With growing interest in the Middle East, the Center launched a Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies in 2008 that draws students from across the country and around the world. MEMEAC regularly sponsors book conversations, films, lectures, works-in-progress and dissertation writing seminars, and workshops; the Center functions as a resource for both the CUNY community and the public at large. For information regarding the seminar, please contact


The postdoctoral fellow will report to Professors Mandana Limbert and Beth Baron, who are the recipients of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant.


Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

– Presents lectures and interacts with graduate students; attends events in person;

– Be an active participant in the year-long events (a seminar, a series of workshops, and a graduate course) associated with the Mellon-funded Sawyer Seminar entitled: “Race and the Middle East/North Africa.”

– Conduct independent research within the guidelines of the group and in collaboration with other


– As part of the seminar’s speaker series, the recipient will also deliver a lecture on his/her/their research;

– Performs other duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


The successful candidate should possess the following:

– Doctorate degree in hand by the start of the fellowship, August 25, 2021 but be no more than seven years beyond the granting of the PhD.


The fellowship carries an award of $75,000 for one year.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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  1. Please include a letter of interest (up to 2 pages), curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages), research proposal (up to 4 pages), a writing sample (up to 30 pages), and contact details for three (3) professional references in a single PDF.


  1. The letters of recommendation should be sent to, with the last name of the applicant and “recommendation” indicated in the subject line: for example, “Smith Recommendation.”


March 1, 2021 (REVISED)


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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