The Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy seeks a proactive and motivated historian to serve as its postdoctoral Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Research Partner Fellow at The National WWII Museum. With over 80,000 missing personnel unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War, the DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting to their families and the nation. The DPAA Research Partner Fellow will support the Agency’s mission through conducting research and analysis.
The position is funded for two years and requires residency at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans as a member of the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy. The Fellow will also be an integral member of the Institute, a community of scholars dedicated to promoting the history of the American experience in World War II, the relationship between the war and America’s democratic system, and the war’s continued relevance for the world.
The primary responsibility for this position is to support the Agency’s mission through conducting research and analysis that may include, but is not limited to, historical research and writing, data organization and management, digital humanities projects, GIS, foreign language translation, and public history work. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Institute’s public history programs, oversee the research of interns and volunteers, and, if desired, teach one graduate-level course per year as part of the Museum’s partnership with Arizona State University.
The qualified candidate will possess a PhD degree in history; demonstrated experience of historical research in archives and collections (both online and physical); proven experience in information collection / analysis; knowledge of WWII-era history; and the ability to collaborate with others. Candidates with exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills will be preferred, as will those with strong organizational skills. Proven project management skills are required. Researchers with expertise in twentieth-century American Military History and Public History are especially encouraged to apply.
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