Trans Oral History Post-Doc! (6 months)

oral history / trans history

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Trans Oral History

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory (University of Toronto, ON), in collaboration with The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC) will award one six-month Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is to be taken up, and concluded, between 1 June 2019 and 30 March 2020 (exact starting and ending dates to be negotiated within this time frame). The Fellow will be expected to coordinate and conduct oral histories with trans people who have been trans activists in the U.S. and Canada. Co-supervisors will be Dr. Aaron Devor (University of Victoria) and Dr. Elspeth Brown (UniversiScreen Shot 2019-01-25 at 8.30.01 PMty of Toronto). Our preference is that the Fellow will be based in Victoria but we may consider other possibilities. Priority consideration shall be given to candidates with a Ph.D. received between July 1, 2016 and June 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in the area of trans studies, historical studies, and qualitative interviewing. Lived experience in trans or non-binary communities, or as a trans or non-binary activist, would be an asset.

The six-month fellowship includes a salary of $30,000 CAD and enrollment in the University of Toronto employee benefits program.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by sending the application materials to by 31 March 2019. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page research statement outlining current and future research interests, a sample of scholarly writing not to exceed 30 single-spaced pages, and contact information for three referees. Please send with the following in the subject line of the email: Trans Oral History Postdoc.

We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF or MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Elspeth Brown ( and/or Dr. Aaron Devor (

All application materials will be accepted until the closing date of 31 March 2019, or until the position is filled.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons /persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The University of Victoria is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.