Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholarship on Global Media, Development, and Democracy

For those TPF readers looking for post-doctoral options, the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University and the Center for International Media Assistance announce a two-year postdoctoral fellowship investigating how media ownership patterns affect political outcomes. The call for applications (available here via Indiana University’s human resources system) explains more:

The School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) at Indiana University Bloomington and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) invites applications for a 2016-2018 (August – July) fellowship. Applicants from all disciplines working on research that contributes to understanding how media and/or media ownership influences political outcomes are welcome to apply. Qualified candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in hand by date of appointment. The chosen fellow will reside at IU Bloomington with occasional travel to CIMA’s offices in Washington, D.C., as required.

The successful candidate will pursue his/her own research agenda related to media, press freedoms, and democratic institutions. In collaboration with CIMA and SGIS, s/he will contribute to research reports on conceptual and measurement issues related to evaluating the role of media in political competition and accountability. The fellow will also help with a CIMA project to develop a cross-national measure of media ownership. Applicants with experience constructing and coding cross-national datasets are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Fellow will receive a competitive stipend, travel support, and benefits comparable to those offered by other fellowship programs. Opportunities exist to organize small research workshops, particularly for the purposes of facilitating publishing a special issue or edited volume related to media and democracy. Fellows will be expected to teach one course per semester.

If this sounds interesting, consider applying. As the call explains, “applications should include a C.V., a cover letter describing your research interests and the courses you intend to teach, a research statement, one writing sample, and two to three letters of reference.” Applications should be submitted online here no later than March 31, 2016; those with questions should address them to Professor Nick Cullather at: eadsgis at


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