The Culture Collaboratory at the University of Michigan, directed by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Fellow will work on a new NSF-funded project examining the cultural forces that promote and maintain prejudice, bias, and inequality. In particular, the project focuses on how omissions (i.e., the absence and erasure of groups and their experiences) that manifest in deeply rooted cultural narratives perpetuate prejudice and inequality. In a series of qualitative and quantitative studies, we aim to unpack the scope and psychological consequences of the omission of Native Americans from cultural narratives and explore how non-Native individuals justify these omissions. Subsequent experimental studies will examine the motivational underpinnings of these justifications (e.g., a desire to protect national esteem) and test interventions intended to change cultural narratives and build a more equitable future.
The fellow will join a team of researchers from the University of Michigan (Drs. Stephanie Fryberg and Laura Brady) and UC Berkeley (Dr. Arianne Eason). They will also have opportunities to affiliate with and develop groundbreaking Indigenous research at the newly developed Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center at the University of Michigan. RISE is a multidisciplinary, multi-university collaborative of humanist social scientists, artists, and activists working together to create narrative change for Indigenous Peoples.
The ideal applicant will be well-versed in cultural and social psychology, with expertise in bias and inequality and/or national identity. They will also have strong methodological and statistical skills, including experience coding and analyzing qualitative (e.g., photo, video, essay) and quantitative data, constructing theoretical and statistical models, and running complex statistical analyses (e.g., structural equation modeling; multilevel modeling). The applicant should be passionate about developing psychological tools to address problems of social inequality and committed to diversifying the academy by mentoring students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Experience working with Indigenous Peoples and/or conducting research on Indigenous issues is preferred but not required. This is a 100%-effort, 12-month position with the possibility of renewal.
General Project Management Activities
Advancing Existing Research and Developing New Research
Communicating with Diverse Lay and Scientific Audiences
Mentoring and Supervising Junior Scholars
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