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Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Nebraska in the Lincoln, Nebraska
Date Posted 08/27/2020
Postdoctoral-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The postdoctoral research associate will serve as project manager of a collaborative team collecting and processing habeas corpus petitions to design and populate a robust database that will allow researchers to demonstrate the many interpersonal and institutional relationships evident in these claims to freedom while also assessing their significance and value within the larger body of American jurisprudence. Understanding the habeas petitions of marginalized petitioners as powerful demands for legal reform, critical legal and digital methods are foundational to this study. The project manager will be responsible for assisting the Principal Investigator with implementing the archival digitization plan both within Lincoln and at particular archival sites; with overseeing and contributing to the indexing and data entry of habeas petitions; coordinating and managing team productivity; and monitoring data entry quality and consistency. The project manager will also travel to archives and conferences occasionally.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications

PhD in American history or related field with PhD in hand by June 1, 2021.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with legal archival material and repositories, digital research methods and database methodologies, data management and analysis, and expertise in American history over the long nineteenth century.

Posted Salary

How to Apply

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. You will be required to attach your curriculum vitae, cover letter, list of references and a Statement Describing Expertise in Digital and/or Legal History as four (4) separate documents in MS Word or PDF format. If you have issues uploading the statement please email this document to Carolyn Kollmann at

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