Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Studies (Trinity College)

Trinity College

Job title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Studies (Trinity College)
Hiring institution: Trinity College
Location: Hartford, Connecticut | United States
Application deadline: 02/15/24

Position Description  

The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut invites applications for the Jeffrey Kelter Postdoctoral Fellowship, beginning in Fall 2024. Supported by endowed funds, this position seeks outstanding recent PhDs to teach and research at a nationally-ranked liberal arts college in a city. The candidate should have completed the PhD by August 2024 or have received a PhD no earlier than 2019, in urban studies, urban planning, urban design, geography, sociology, anthropology, public policy, or another urban studies related discipline. The postdoctoral fellow will teach one undergraduate course during each of Trinity’s two semesters, with a preference for a geographical focus outside of the US and a global-comparative perspective. Courses on urban planning, housing, land use, real estate, and/or spatial analysis are welcome. These courses would be integral to the growing Urban Studies program/major with students from diverse backgrounds and can be potentially cross-listed with the department or program of the fellow’s discipline. In addition, the fellow is expected to carry out their research while participating in and assisting CUGS’ research projects and activities. The position carries a competitive salary and benefits with a small research fund, and can be renewed for a second year.


The candidate should have completed a PhD by August 2024 or have received a PhD no earlier than 2019, in urban studies, urban planning, urban design, geography, sociology, anthropology, public policy, or another urban studies related discipline.


Competitive salary and benefits, plus modest research fund.

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications must include the following and are due by February 15, 2024.

  • A detailed application letter describing the teaching expertise as stated above (including approach to teaching students from diverse backgrounds), and research interests
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample, preferably a published or forthcoming journal article, or a crucial chapter of the dissertation
  • Contact information for two individuals who will submit letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the primary dissertation adviser
  • Sample syllabi for two or three undergraduate courses that are focused in the areas specified above (combined as one PDF)

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Applicants will be asked to list contact information for reference providers, including email addresses. Once a completed dossier is submitted, automatic emails will be generated to each reference provider, directing each referee to a unique URL where they must go to upload a letter of recommendation. Applicants using Interfolio (or other dossier service) should provide the appropriate unique Interfolio email address for each reference letter writer.

Trinity College seeks a faculty that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Conn. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

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