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Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations Postdoctoral Instructorship

The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Research Division of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (The Huntington) invite applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Instructorship under their joint research program, the Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations (CHHC). The theme of the program’s next research module will be “Social and Technological Change in Historical Perspective: Innovation, Quantification, Representation.” We seek applicants whose work engages aspects of industrialization, innovation, and social and economic change, and related modes of social analysis and knowledge formation, in Europe and North America from 1700. This is an interdisciplinary program. Successful applications might involve work in economic and social history, or political history of government policy; histories of technology and of the human sciences; and literary or print cultural studies. Scholars working across the humanities are encouraged to apply; interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives are particularly welcome. Please refer to the program description at

The position begins in the fall of 2019. Appointment is contingent upon completion of the Ph.D. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct research at The Huntington, teach two (ten-week) undergraduate courses per year at Caltech, and contribute to the intellectual activities of the CHHC program at both institutions. Together with a senior fellow and with Caltech faculty, the postdoctoral instructor will help to organize seminars and conferences related to the theme.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, vita, a statement of research interests, a writing sample of no more than 25 pages, and three letters of recommendation by email to: or by mail to CHHC Search, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 101-40, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125. Application deadline is January 15, 2019.

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