Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Anna Julia Cooper Center is the home of a postdoctoral fellowship program for outstanding scholars at the ABD or early post-doctoral stage engaged in research on intersectional questions of gender and race.

The Anna Julia Cooper Center invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on gender, race, and American politics. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.

Learn more and apply here.

Latest Research & Writing

Meet our 2015-2017 postdoctoral fellows:

Jaira J. Harrington earned a doctorate of Political Science from the University of Chicago. Jaira is a first-generation college graduate, West Side Chicago native and Spelman College alumna. Jaira’s research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, NSEP Boren Fellowship, and the Tinker Grant Foundation. Some of her proudest accomplishments at UChicago include the 2011 Jane Morton and Henry C. Murphy Award, in recognition of her campus service in her department, at OMSA, and the broader Chicago community, and the 2015 Wayne C. Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching honor given to a graduate student lecturer at the University. This fall she joins Wake Forest University in the Department of Politics and International Affairs and the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race and Politics in the South as a postdoctoral fellow.

Teaching – Spring 2016:

PPOL242B: Global Feminisms
POL210A: Black Lives Matter, co-taught with Prof. Melissa Harris Perry

Previous Courses:
POL 242B: Race & Politics in Brazil
First Year Seminar: Challenges to the Global Community

Just Published
“A Place of Their Own: Black Feminist Leadership and Economic and Educational Justice in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil”

Sherri Williams studies social media, social television and how people of color use and are represented on social media and how people of color and marginalized people are represented in the media. She appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live show to discuss social media images of Rachel Jeantel after Jeantel testified in the George Zimmerman trial. She was also interviewed by USA Today for her social media expertise. Williams’ dissertation focuses on images of women of color on reality television and Twitter. Williams presented her knowledge on black social television twice at SXSW Interactive. She taught journalism writing, media diversity and women/gender studies classes at Syracuse University and she incorporated social media into her courses. Before entering academia Williams was a print journalist for a decade including at The Associated Press. She covered several beats including education, courts, social services and immigrant/minority/marginalized communities and traveled to South Africa and Cuba on journalism fellowships. Her work has appeared in Essence, Ebony, Upscale, Heart & Soul, The Source and The Quill magazines.

Teaching – Spring 2015

COM 370 Rhetoric of Social Activism
COM 370: Race, Gender and Media

Previous Courses:
COM 370/670: Race, Gender and Media


Previous AJC Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Trimiko Melancon earned her B.A. in English from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her teaching and scholarly interests lie primarily in African American and American literary and cultural production; black feminist theory and criticism; critical race, gender, and sexuality studies; and African American and Black German studies. An inaugural visiting scholar at the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics (Tulane University) and the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (Emory University), Professor Melancon has also been the J. William Fulbright Scholar of American Literature and American Studies in Berlin, Germany, a Mellon Mays University Fellow, and a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar.

She has also received grants and fellowships that have facilitated the continued support of her interdisciplinary research and teaching: from the Andrew W. Mellon, Woodrow Wilson, and Nellie Mae Foundations, as well as the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright Commission. She is the author of Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation (Temple, Nov. 2014), as well as co-editor of Black Female Sexualities (Rutgers, Jan. 2015). Her publications appear in African American Review, Callaloo, Reconstruction, and the Journal of Popular Culture, among other venues.

During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Melancon worked on completing two book projects. Both of those books were published following her fellowship:

Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation
Temple University Press

Black Female Sexualities
Edited by Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton
Rutgers University Press