Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


Lemon Project Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and the College of William & Mary Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation invite applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, to begin July 1, 2018, in the history of institutions and economies of oppression with a preference for higher education and slavery. The OI-W&M Lemon Project Postdoctoral Fellowship is supported by the Ronald Hoffman Fund in Honor of the OI’s Director Emeritus.

The Omohundro Institute is a leading research organization for the study of early America, broadly conceived. The publisher of books and The William & Mary Quarterly, the OI hosts conferences, seminars and other events and sponsors a range of pre- and post-doctoral fellowships.

Founded in 1693, the College of William & Mary has been an important political and social force, both reflecting and giving shape to ideas of freedom, slavery, race, equality, and citizenship in Virginia and the nation. While William & Mary’s role in the nation’s founding has been widely studied, its study of the College’s role in perpetuating slavery and racial discrimination is relatively recent.  In 2009 W&M’s Board established The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation, a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction. An ongoing endeavor, this program focuses on contributing to and encouraging scholarship on the 324-year relationship between African Americans and the College, and building bridges between the College and Williamsburg and Greater Tidewater area. The Lemon Project is named for Lemon, a man who was once enslaved by William & Mary.

The OI-W&M Lemon Project Fellow will devote most of their time to research and writing, and will also work closely with the OI and Lemon Project staffs and participate in colloquia and other scholarly activities of the Institute and the College. The fellows will develop and teach one course per year on the subject of their research in the history department or a related department as appropriate. The fellow will also be able to hone their digital humanities skills and contribute to the intellectual life of the Lemon Project through the Project’s Omeka site and university website. Fellows have access to all research facilities, lectures, and events at the College of William & Mary and other area resources. In addition to a stipend of $50,400 per year, the fellowship provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as some travel funds for conferences and research.

The award is open to all eligible persons equally. The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.

Application information is here: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/29887