SSN Postdoctoral Fellows on the Job Market

The Scholars Strategy Network Postdoctoral Fellowship is a highly competitive two-year program that supports early career scholars in continuing their rigorous research agendas and learning how to transform research into engaged, public scholarship. The Postdoctoral Fellows spend half of their time advancing their academic research and the other half of their time inserting their research and evidence, and those of members of SSN chapters, into local, state, and national policy debates. Ultimately, the goal of SSN, including the Postdoctoral Fellowship, is to use ground-breaking scholarly research to improve public policy and strengthen democracy. 

All fellows are evaluated by a national academic review team, including senior scholars affiliated with SSN and its chapters, based on the quality of their doctoral research and proposed postdoctoral research, in addition to their interest and experience in public scholarship.

Please contact Shira Rascoe for information about the SSN Postdoctoral Fellowship or the postdoctoral researchers on the market.

Tennessee SSN Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral affiliation: Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University
  • Research interests: The intersections of immigration, labor, campus climate, and migrant identity formation
  • Ph.D. affiliation: UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Higher Education and Organizational Change Division
  • Dissertation: Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of California: Constructing a Migrant Identity Within the Workplace
  • Dissertation chair: Dr. Robert A. Rhoads
Utah SSN Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral affiliation: Political Science, University of Utah
  • Research interests: Gender, sexuality, religion, masculinities, new media, and education
  • Ph.D. affiliation: Sociology, University of Washington
  • DissertationEvangelical Sexual Politics in Trump’s America
  • Dissertation chair: Dr. Sarah Quinn
North Carolina SSN Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral affiliation: Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Research interests: Child and family policy, social context, mental health and well-being, stress, poverty, family leave, early childhood education, multigenerational programs, evidence-based policy
  • Ph.D. affiliation: Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Dissertation: Childrearing, Gender, and Well-Being in Cross-National Context
  • Dissertation chair: Dr. Heather M. Helms
  • Dr. Hengstebeck's mission is to serve as an ambassador for science, bridging the divide between science and policy to advance social equity and the well-being of children and families. She aims to continue strengthening ties between researchers and policymakers in a government, think tank, or university position. 
Georgia SSN Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral affiliation: Sociology, Political Science, and Public Management, Georgia State University; Sociology, Emory University
  • Research interests: Health policy, racial politics, health care reform, state politics
  • Ph.D. affiliation: Sociology, Florida State University
  • Dissertation: The Role of Public Preferences and Racial Sentiments in the Policy Process: A Study of Medicaid Generosity from 1988-2012
  • Adviser: Dr. Jill Quadagno
  • Dr. Lanford is seeking positions in research, teaching, and public policy.
Confluence SSN Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral affiliation: Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Research interests: Social movements, the politics of social groups, and social change
  • Ph.D. affiliation: Political Science, Purdue University
  • Dissertation: Mobilizing Difference: The Power of Inclusion in Transnational Social Movements
  • Dissertation chair: Dr. S. Laurel Weldon