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Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Columbia University in New York City, New York
 
 
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Date Posted 03/01/2021
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Posting Details


Job Requisition Number 00002208
Field(s) of Specialization Sociology, Social Work, Public Health, Political Science, Public Policy and/or Economics
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Department A&S Sociology
Division Sociology
Location Morningside
Summary Description

The Department of Sociology at Columbia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar (PRS). The PRS will be a member of the Square One Project (SQ1) in the Justice Lab, and will support the work of the Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy Project. The PRS will conduct research related to the Square One sites, involving a mix of quantitative data analysis of criminal justice administrative records and qualitative field observation, in support of the local projects.

The PRS will assist in the development of research projects and the preparation of research reports to be shared with local partners throughout the course of the appointment. The research component will contribute to case studies to be included in the Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy curriculum project.

Summary of Responsibilities:
● Developing and conducting research related to the Square One sites, involving a mix of quantitative data analysis of criminal justice administrative records and qualitative field observation, in support of the local projects, working closely with PIs, the project Advisory Board, and other project staff
● Assisting in the preparation of research reports
● Supervising student research assistants working on Square One research projects
● Working with PIs, project Advisory Board, and other project staff to develop and test courses, clinics, and experiential learning opportunities at Columbia

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar must have a PhD in criminal justice policy, sociology or other social sciences at time of appointment and the degree must have been received no more than three years before that time. The PRS will have a background in sociology, social work, public health, political science, public policy and/or economics, strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, and a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice.

This appointment is a full-time position for a term of one year, renewable for up to two additional years, contingent on satisfactory performance and funding.

Minimum Degree Required

PhD

Minimum Qualifications

A specialization and background in sociology, social work, public health, political science, public policy and/or economics, strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, and a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice.

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Information

About the Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy Project:
The project is a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional effort spanning the humanities, the arts, the social sciences, and public policy and law, including not only Columbia University but also collaborators in other academic settings, at justice-in-arts institutions, and within the broader community of activists and community leaders. In collaboration with its partner institutions, this project will develop a prototype for a national upper-division action-oriented multi-disciplinary curricular program in the humanities, arts, social sciences, public policy, and law, on “Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy.” The curriculum will be designed, developed, and tested collaboratively with community and higher-educational partners and a dedicated, diverse team of scholars at Columbia University. We aim to infuse the curriculum with the narrative-changing work of the Columbia Justice Lab’s Square One Project and with the practice-oriented justice engagement and abolition democracy work being done at the Initiative for a Just Society. The Justice Lab is a research and justice reform collaboration between the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work at Columbia; it hosts the Square One Project, a narrative change and policy development effort focused on reimagining the foundations of justice in America. The Initiative for a Just Society is a practice and research collaboration between the Law School and Arts & Sciences at Columbia that integrates social justice litigation and policy efforts within critical theoretic frameworks; it is a project of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

The Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy curriculum will be available for adoption, adaptation, and use across the nation in universities and colleges, in prisons, and in community settings. The curriculum will include a cluster of academic and clinical courses and experiential learning opportunities, with full syllabi and teaching materials, including on-line teaching resources (videos, lectures, lesson plans) and several MOOCs (“massive open online courses”), all of which will have been developed, designed, and tested collaboratively at partner organizations and institutions. Working with a large network of existing partners at the Square One Project and the Initiative for a Just Society, the project will design and provide teaching material that will be suitable for advanced undergraduates or for a one-year master’s degree on “Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy” that spans the humanities, arts, social sciences, policy, and law.

RAPS posting date 02/10/2021
Search Closing Date
Special Instructions to the Applicant

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). Please upload the following required materials: cover letter, C.V., a list of references for two letters of recommendation.

Before uploading documents, applicants first will be asked to input a name and valid email address for each reference provider. The application to this position requires two reference letters. The applicant may enable the RAPS system to generate an automatic email to the reference provider, politely requesting a letter of reference and offering a secure link to the RAPS website where a letter can be uploaded quickly and easily. Wherever possible, letters should be uploaded in the online system.

After completing the “Provide References” screens, the applicant will come to the “Attach Documents” screen and be asked to upload into RAPS the required application materials listed above.

Proposed Start Date 07/01/2021
EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Review Begins 02/25/2021
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