Apply Now: Head of the David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society:  Head of the David Center for the American Revolution


The Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society seeks to hire the inaugural Head of the David Center for the American Revolution (DCAR). This is a two-year position.

The chosen candidate will be responsible for David Center lectures, virtual seminars, fellowships, branding/communications, and the Annual David Center Conference.


  1. a Ph.D. in early American history or related field, with particular expertise in the era of the American Revolution (1750-1800);
  2. experience organizing scholarly programs and public events;
  3. a record of publication dealing with the cause, course, and/or consequence of the American Revolution, or the promise of such scholarly production in the field;
  4. a willingness to work in an office environment in which the appointee will report to and take direction from a supervisor, oversight committees, and a board of trustees;
  5. and the ability to relocate to Philadelphia, ideally by July 1, 2023.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following through Interfolio (

  1. a resume or CV with a cover letter (no more than 3 pages) detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position.

References will be requested for finalists. Those interested in learning more about the position are encouraged to email Associate Director of Research, Engagement, and Technology, Bayard Miller at

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For full consideration, apply by April 21, 2023.



About the David Center for the American Revolution:

The David Center for the American Revolution, a collaboration between the David Library of the American Revolution (DLAR) and the APS, is dedicated to supporting scholarship on the American Revolution. The DLAR’s Founder, Sol Feinstone, believed that the examination of the Founding Fathers’ values and the events of the Revolutionary Period is essential to creating an informed citizenry able to comprehend and adapt those founding principles to the ever evolving circumstances of American society. The Center champions the active engagement of scholars, educators, and the general public of all ages in a continuing and dynamic encounter with this most central episode in the creation of the American nation.

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About the American Philosophical Society:

The American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purposes of “promoting useful knowledge.” In the 21st century, it serves to advance knowledge and promote scholarship in the humanities and social, mathematical, life, and physical sciences. Members of the Society are elected from among the most eminent scholars and civic and cultural leaders in North America and abroad. More than 100 living APS Members are Nobel laureates.

The APS’s Library & Museum collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library houses over 14 million manuscripts, 300,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects. Museum exhibitions interpret these extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who come to Philadelphia’s historic district. In so doing, the exhibitions aim to nurture the spirit of inquiry, promote critical thinking, and engender enthusiasm for object-based learning by using primary source documents and authentic objects. The Library & Museum also hosts a robust fellowship program, offering over 25 short-term and 10 long-term fellowships each year to scholars using its collections.

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