Brown University’s Department of Classics and Department of Comparative Literature invite applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Classical Reception. This position is to be held jointly with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2022. The two Departments seek exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of the communities at Brown University, and who enhance the University’s commitment to inclusive education and research.

The Departments are particularly interested in scholars of Greek and Roman antiquity (broadly conceived) and its legacies, and who approach those legacies through a critical framework and as a means of addressing and engaging with urgent issues of modernity. They wish to foster engagements with the “classical” that challenge dominant narratives about the meaning, significance, and value of that material and of the Greco-Roman legacy at large, in both the European West and beyond. They would welcome teaching, advising and research that adopts a critical classical receptions perspective to explore topics such as ability, canonicity, democracy, disciplinary history, embodiment, gender and sexuality, ideology, identity, mobility and migration, race and ethnicity, and the nation state.


Applicants will have received a Ph.D. in a humanities field (including, but not limited to, Classics, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Area Studies, and Modern Languages) within the past five (5) years and from an institution other than Brown. The fellow will teach two courses each year, which will be cross-listed in the Cogut Institute’s Humanities course offerings. The fellow will also be affiliated with the Cogut Institute and expected to participate in the weekly seminars and other activities of the Institute. Fellows will receive a stipend of $61,500, with an increase to $63,906 the second year, plus benefits and a research budget of $2,000 per year.

Application Instructions

All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions (150-250 words) of 3-4 proposed courses, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by February 11, 2022. Applicants must apply online. Applications received by that date will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

For further inquiries, please contact Johanna Hanink ([email protected]).

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