Nancy and Robert J. Carney Postdoctoral Associate in Art History – Rice University

Job Role/Title: Nancy and Robert J. Carney Postdoctoral Associate in Art History

Name of Company or Organization: Rice University


The department of Art History at Rice University invites scholars working on the art, architecture, and/or visual/material culture of Africa to apply for a one-year Nancy and Robert J. Carney Postdoctoral Associateship in Art History, with the possibility for a second-year renewal. Scholars working within transcultural frameworks and across time periods are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those whose work might intersect with that being done in interdisciplinary programs and centers at Rice, including (but not limited to) those in Medical Humanities, Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Environmental Studies, African and African American Studies, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, and the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

The successful candidate’s primary responsibility during their time at Rice will be to make substantial progress on their own research and writing projects and to engage with the university’s diverse intellectual community. The successful candidate will be paired with a faculty mentor and be expected to present work-in-progress to occasional campus audiences.  In addition, they will teach one course each semester related to their ongoing research and may take part in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Art History at Rice offers programs of study leading to both the BA and PhD degrees, and has close working relations with nearby museums including the Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This is a full-time, residential associateship starting July 1, 2024. The postdoctoral associate will receive a salary of $70,000 and a stipend of $3,000 to be used for research and/or relocation to Houston, as well as standard benefits. 

Candidates must hold a PhD in Art History or a related field by July 1, 2024, the start of the appointment. The eligibility window for applicants is within seven (7) years of conferral of PhD.

To apply, please submit:

–       a cover letter describing research and teaching interests and goals for the fellowship term;

–       a Curriculum Vitae;

–       names and contact information for three recommenders;  

–       a writing sample of no more than thirty pages.

Combine all materials into one pdf. If you have difficulty attaching the required documents, please email them to and they will be attached to your application.

Deadline: December 15, 2023


Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has a 6-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio, and a residential college system, which supports students intellectually, emotionally and culturally through social events, intramural sports, student plays, lectures series, courses and student government. Developing close-knit, diverse college communities is a strong campus tradition, which is why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life and best value among private universities.

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