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Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania: JMC Postdoctoral Fellowship


The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship created in partnership with the Jack Miller Center. The fellowship will run through the 2020-21 academic year.

The Program welcomes both empirical and normative scholarship from scholars in any discipline who intend to pursue an academic career primarily aimed at advancing learning on the governmental and economic institutions of the United States, especially their historical roots in the principles and politics of the Constitution’s founding era, and the ideas, debates, and contests that have shaped their subsequent development.

In addition to pursuing independent research and participating generally in the intellectual life of the Penn community, the JMC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrea Mitchell Center is expected to attend and participate in Mitchell Center events; teach one undergraduate course related to their academic interests; co-lead a research seminar for Mitchell Center undergraduate fellows; and attend other Mitchell events whenever possible.

The application deadline is February 16, 2020.


Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2015 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2020.

Required Application Information

In addition to the Personal and Profile information requested by Interfolio, the following information and documents will be required:

  1. A preferred email address;
  2. telephone contact information;
  3. country of citizenship;
  4. country of permanent residence;
  5. current position (indicate your title, department, institution, and city/state). If you are not employed, please state what you are currently doing.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following documents through Interfolio:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. CV;
  3. title and description of proposed research study (no more than 1,000 words);
  4. a teaching portfolio with the title and description of two undergraduate course proposals (single-spaced -one page each- proposals of possible Undergraduate Seminars you would like to teach at Penn);
  5. writing sample (an article or excerpt of a book or dissertations chapter – 20 page limit);
  6. three confidential letters of recommendation (referees should be asked both to comment on your proposed project and to discuss your qualifications as a teacher).


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The application deadline is February 16, 2020.



About the program:

Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In addition to hosting speakers from the fields of academia, journalism, politics, and public policy, the Mitchell Center supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research.  It continues the legacy of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, which fostered interdisciplinary scholarship from 2007 to 2017.

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About the school:

The University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. The School of Arts & Sciences teaches students across all 12 Penn schools, and its academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

Members of the Penn Arts & Sciences faculty are regularly recognized with academia’s highest honors, including membership in prestigious societies like the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, as well as significant prizes such as MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

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