As part of a broader Henry Luce Foundation funded initiative on China’s domestic and export infrastructure development, The Center for Asian Studies (CAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for the Luce Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Infrastructures, beginning August 15, 2018.  The Luce initiative seeks to bring together the field of China studies and the broader ‘infrastructure turn’ in the humanities and social sciences.

Fellowship: The fellowship provides a two-year 9-month salary of $50,000 + benefits, and two summer research/travel grants of $5,000.  The recipient will be provided with office space and access to the libraries and resources of the University of Colorado.

Responsibilities: The Fellow is expected to be actively engaged in research on Chinese infrastructures, and will work with CAS in organizing an international workshop in 2019, as well as take the academic lead in editing the workshop’s subsequent published collection.  Residence in the Boulder area and participation in CAS activities is also expected.

Eligibility: All requirements for the PhD must be completed prior to commencement of appointment. Applicants should have received their PhD no earlier than August, 2013.  A PhD from any discipline will be considered, but research experience and interest in Chinese infrastructure development is required.  Infrastructure here is defined in a broad sense as comprising physical/material as well as social/institutional or digital/electronic phenomena.  This includes, but is not limited to, the infrastructures of transport, energy, telecommunications, food & waste, and natural resources.  We are particularly interested in the political, social, and cultural implications of infrastructural developments, and the relationships between such developments and state formation, urban development and design, social stratification and conflict, and cultural change.

Application: interested applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for two referees, dissertation abstract and table of contents, and a statement of research (up to 2 pages).  Review of applicants will begin March 15, 2018.

Apply online at CU Careers, Posting No. 12506. For further information and informal inquiries, please contact Tim Oakes (