Postdoctoral Fellowship – “Globalization and the New Politics of Women’s Rights” at UW-Madison

Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement (2011-2012 Academic Year)
The Center for Research on Gender and Women, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning August 29, 2011 and lasting through the academic year. The fellow will take a leading role in a Sawyer Seminar entitled “Globalization and the New Politics of Women’s Rights,” which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The postdoctoral fellow may come from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities.

Theme of Sawyer Seminar:

In recent years, women’s rights have attained greater public awareness around the globe with both interesting and troubling consequences. Our seminar will explore these changing understandings and critically examine their impact. Today women’s rights are being variously depicted as critical to addressing problems of third world poverty; women’s education is being described as an essential component in the fight against global terrorism; women politicians are seen by some as a key defense in the fight against government corruption; and gender equality, some argue, serves as the crucible in the “clash of civilizations.” While these are not new ideas, they have today increasingly captured the popular imagination, influencing policy makers, foundations and even military strategists. The proposed seminar takes a critical look at implications of contemporary discourses surrounding women’s rights and places them in a historical and comparative perspective.

We are particularly interested in postdoctoral fellows whose scholarship examines, for example, theoretical and historical perspectives on women and citizenship; critical gender perspectives of modernization and the post-colonial project; women and contemporary Islam; redefining global conflict through gender relations; shifts in gender relations with the end of the Cold War; social movements and world polity; and how local and global women’s rights discourses influence one another. Other topics related to changing global context of women’s rights are also of interest.


The applicant must have received his or her PhD between August 1, 2006 and July 31, 2011. The stipend for the postdoctoral fellowship is $45,000, plus benefits. Sawyer Seminar participation is required but there is no other teaching obligation. However, the fellow is expected to be in residence full-time in academic year 2011-12.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter 1) outlining their research and its relation to the seminar’s theme; 2) what they plan to accomplish during their year at UW-Madison; 3) their long-term research goals. Applicants will be hosted at the Center for Research on Gender and Women and affiliated with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. If applicants wish to affiliate with an additional department or have specific faculty with whom they wish to collaborate, they may indicate this in the cover letter. Applicants should send a current curriculum vitae and an article-length writing sample to Celeste Benson: cbenson(at) Applicants should also request letters from two referees to be sent directly to Ms. Benson. Applications and letters of support must be received by January 17, 2011, to be considered.

Seminar coordinators:

Aili Mari Tripp (Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director, Center for Research on Gender and Women) and Myra Marx Ferree (Martindale-Bascom Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for German and European Studies).


Please send all inquiries to Celeste Benson: cbenson(at)