Postdoctoral Research Associates


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Tala Khanmalek completed her PhD in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire, traces the gendered racialization of U.S. empire’s colonial expansion from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, as well as women of color feminist texts of the late-twentieth century that reframe these legacies for our present. In 2013, she founded the Politics of Biology and Race in the 21st Century Working Group, a first-time collaboration between scholars in UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department and School of Public Health. Additionally, Khanmalek has founded, directed, and participated in a wide range of community-based projects in the Bay Area including but not limited to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Body Politic Think Tank, the Niroga Institute's Integral Health Fellowship Program, and Womyn’s Circle. As the Executive Editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal , Khanmalek published the Special Issue on "Healing Justice." She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz's Science and Justice Research Center for the 2014-2015 academic year.

For the fall semester, she is teaching AMS 379, Race and Living Laboratories.

Laurel Mei-Singh

2-C-10 Green Hall

Laurel Mei-Singh Laurel Mei-Singh serves as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in American Studies at Princeton University. Her research interests include land and militarization, the relationship of race and indigeneity to histories of war, fences and self-determination, the nation-state, racial capitalism, and the Pacific. Her current project develops a genealogy of military fences and grassroots struggles for land and livelihood in Wai‘anae, a rural and heavily militarized region of the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i. She has published articles on this topic in American Quarterly and Pacific Health Dialog.

In addition to Princeton, Laurel has taught at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of Hawai'i. A devoted public scholar, she has participated in community organizing efforts in New York City and Hawai‘i, and has worked with CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, the Wai'anae Environmental Justice Working Group, and Hawai‘i Peace and Justice. She earned her PhD in Geography with a certificate in American Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, and Bachelors of Arts in English at UCLA. She was born and raised near Lēahi (Diamond Head) on O'ahu.

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The Program in American Studies Postdoctoral Research Associates 

In 2016-17, the Program in American Studies is pleased to award two residential Postdoctoral Research Associate positions, renewable annually for three years contingent upon satisfactory performance. Research topics of special interest include but are not limited to “Law and Comparative Culture,” “Citizenship and the Humanities,” “Race and Visuality,” “Race and Disability,” “Race and the Senses,” “Race, Food, and Animal.”  Scholars with expertise in Asian American, Latino/a, and/or Indigenous Studies are especially welcomed. 

One of the postdoctoral fellowships is shared with the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and supports a scholar working at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality. 

The Program in American Studies Postdoctoral Research Associate Program aims to create a legacy of scholars who address issues related to race and ethnicity using a multidisciplinary lens.  These fellowships are designed to nurture the academic careers of new scholars by providing opportunities to pursue research while gaining mentoring from Princeton faculty.  To that end, we are interested in scholars of unusual promise who plan to pursue faculty positions and who demonstrate promising teaching skills.  It is our expectation that, with three years of postdoctoral teaching and research experience at Princeton, these postdocs will be highly competitive for tenure-track appointments.