Job Listing: Research Assistant
American Civil War Museum, Richmond, VA
Title: Research Assistant, After Slavery project
Status: Contract (through February 2021)
Reports to: Curator of Exhibitions
Summary: This position will support the initial work of the After Slavery project by producing a literature review of historical works related to convict leasing in the years after emancipation. This literature review will help the project team define both the scope of the project and the historical storytelling the project will encompass. The review will respond to a set of research questions the After Slavery team has, and will be written with an eye toward communicating complex history for a general public. At present the reading list is composed of eighteen scholarly books and journal articles.
The After Slavery: Convict Leasing and the Reinvention of White Supremacy (working title) will be a temporary and travelling exhibition that will invite audiences to understand the historical connections between race and incarceration in the United States.
The American Civil War Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Candidates who bring diverse experiences, perspectives, and talents to the work are especially encouraged to apply. We believe that an inclusive culture among our staff is critical to implementing our mission to understand the Civil War era’s history and impact in our lives today.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Arduini at firstname.lastname@example.org Applications close on November 13, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.
Duties and Responsibilities:
● Conduct a literature review of scholarly books, articles, and public history resources on convict leasing from the years 1865 to 1900 in response to a series of research questions developed by the After Slavery team. Extract from these works key insights, stories, data, trends, and interpretations, and communicate them clearly in the review.
● Meet with Curator of Exhibitions once a week for updates.
● Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and courteous manner, including colleagues in other departments and collaborators in the community.
● Potential for expanded tasks within the terms of the position.
Note: Applicants do not need to be present in Richmond, VA to qualify for this position. The work can be done remotely with virtual check-ins with the position’s supervisor.
● Master’s degree or equivalent experience in History, Liberal Arts, or related fields.
● Experience in producing historiographic or literature reviews.
● Superior verbal and written communication skills.
● Possesses current knowledge of best and next practices, trends, and scholarship in American history of the 19th and early 20th Century, or related experience.
● Ability to work independently.
● Ability to use Zoom or similar virtual meeting platforms for check-ins with supervisor.
● Ability to produce a writing sample upon request. Later stages of the selection process will require applicants to share a writing sample that draws on historical scholarship to support a thesis.
● Knowledge of nineteenth-century American social history and/or the history of incarceration developed through formal education, professional experience, or personal study.
● Access to JStor and robust library systems for accessing literature to review.