Mershon Center Post-Doctoral Researchers in International Security
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies (https://mershoncenter.osu.edu) at The Ohio State University invites applications to fill three two-year postdoctoral researcher positions. Successful applicants may come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, public affairs/administration, public policy, sociology, and other disciplines that engage international security broadly conceived. Each postdoctoral researcher will be assigned to work with one of our interdisciplinary research clusters. Successful applicants will be expected to devote up to 20 hours per week to cluster-related activities. Postdoctoral scholars will be mentored and supported in pursuing their individual research agendas during their remaining time. Responsibilities to the research clusters may include coordinating and supporting cluster research activities as well as opportunities to collaborate on cluster projects. Applicants must indicate which of the clusters they would like to consider their application, and all are welcome to request consideration by any or all of the research clusters. Applicants should expect to complete their Ph.D. by June 30, 2020. The two year term begins July 1, 2020.
The Research Clusters at the Mershon Center are:
Recovering from Violence
The collapse of societies in the wake of civil violence, international intervention, or war has become one of the most critical issues in international, national, and human security over the past two decades. The Recovering from Violence research cluster seeks to contribute to research and practice geared toward addressing these challenges. We plan to focus on transitional justice and the ways that it intersects with conflict stabilization, human rights, development, collective memory, displacement, psychosocial wellbeing, peacebuilding, and reconciliation — guided by our firm belief that the impacts of violence are multigenerational and interconnected. Our goal is to create a dynamic interdisciplinary forum for sharing knowledge and practices related to the recovery of societies from war and political violence.
Security and Governance
Good governance, democratic decision-making, rule of law, and stability and viability of international institutions and organizations have all become highly contested dimensions of international, national, and human security. The rise of “sharp power” employed by state actors reflects a new, increasingly adopted, modality of security policy targeting governance from the bottom up by driving anti-establishment/anti-expertise populism, nationalism, democratic dissatisfaction, and political and cultural polarization. Citizens, institutions, and organizations at all levels are challenged to manage these new arenas of conflict, as they have the potential to influence and destabilize established national and international institutions and norms that govern security broadly defined.
The Security and Governance cluster especially seeks applicants whose research centers on social media and mis/disinformation from a comparative or international relations perspective. Proficiency and skills in computational social science, machine learning, text analysis, web scraping, data science, R, and python combined with experience in large-scale, complex data analysis is preferred.
American Foreign and Military Policy
The American foreign and military policy cluster focuses on the study of U.S. foreign relations, U.S. defense policy, and international relations, diplomacy, and war as they affect U.S. foreign policy and military affairs in both a contemporary and historical context. The cluster will examine these elements of power from both American and foreign viewpoints, in order to understand both the domestic drivers of policy and the impact of other nations on it. The cluster will examine foreign and military affairs holistically, along with all elements of power – diplomatic, economic, military, informational, financial, intelligence, cultural, and legal – that have an impact on them. At present, the cluster is prioritizing U.S. relations with Russia. This includes research on direct U.S.-Russian diplomacy and on their respective interests and strategies, as well as research on the indirect aspects of U.S.-Russian relations in various regional settings; for example, in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as long as the implications for U.S. foreign and/or military policy are clear.
Each researcher receives an annual stipend of $50,500, a $2,000 research fund, a designated Mershon affiliated faculty mentor, office space at the Mershon Center, and eligibility for university health insurance. Complete applications will include a C.V., research statement addressing preferred cluster(s) and a writing sample. Final candidates should be prepared to arrange for three letters of recommendation upon request. Review of application will begin on December 15, 2019 and continue until positions are filled.
Complete applications will include a C.V., research statement addressing preferred cluster(s) and a writing sample. Final candidates should be prepared to arrange for three letters of recommendation upon request.
Additional Salary Information: $2000 research stipend
About Mershon Center for International Security Studies
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a Communications Strategist to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community. The Mershon Center is interdisciplinary research center whose mission is to advance collaborative approaches to international, national, and human security through three main areas of focus: American foreign and military policy, security and governance, and societies recovering from violence.