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Humanities and Social Science Postdocs: What, Where, Why and How

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

With so much emphasis on the tenure-track job market, it can be easy for graduate students to overlook postdoctoral opportunities. Join us for an informal, engaging conversation about postdoc appointments and how they can advance an academic career.  We’ll discuss how to locate and evaluate opportunities, how to be a competitive candidate, and how to make the most of your time as a postdoc.

Special guests: 

  • Kathryn Desplanque, PhD, Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow for Faculty Diversity, UNC-CH (PhD, Art History ’17)
  • Adam Mestyan, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Duke University (formerly Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University) 
  • Molly Starback, MSLS, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services, Duke University 
  • Wenqing Zhao, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Philosophy, Duke University

This event is part of the 2017-18 Academic Job Search Series, co-sponsored by The Graduate School, the Duke Career Center, the Office of Postdoctoral Services and Versatile Humanists at Duke. Questions about this event? Contact Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director of Graduate Student Advising and Engagement for the Humanities, at



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Event Category

  • Professional Development