Overview of the Carceral Studies Consortium 

It is the premise of Carceral Studies that the problem of carcerality and unfreedom can only be addressed by the sophisticated coming-together of different disciplines and fields, a rich array of theoretical traditions, and a diverse set of methodological interventions. To this end, the Carceral Studies Consortium (CSC) brings together faculty, staff and students from across the University of Oklahoma and beyond to cultivate and support rigorous research, pedagogy, and community engagement toward social transformation. To learn more, visit https://architecture.ou.edu/csc/.  

Purpose of the Graduate Student Fellowship 

The Carceral Studies Consortium offers an outstanding graduate student with interest in advancing Carceral Studies a 12-month, .20 FTE position (8 hours per week). This CSC Graduate Student Fellow serves as the student representative on the Carceral Studies Board of Directors, as well as provides critical support for CSC initiatives throughout each academic year (July 1 to June 30).  

Key Graduate Student Fellowship Duties 

During the Carceral Studies Consortium Fellowship year, the key duties include: 

  • Communication: CSC newsletter with announcements and summaries of latest news (biweekly); Carceral Studies Conversations Podcast Series (four episodes per semester); manage the Twitter account; update website and blog (Fellow will be trained on how to use WordPress). 
  • Meetings and Event Attendance: Fellow is expected to attend all CSC Board meetings (one hour monthly), a check-in with the CSC Director (thirty minutes weekly), and as many events as possible (at least once a month); Fellow will take minutes during board meetings and distribute. 
  • Event Planning and Leadership: Fellow is expected to support event leaders in their planning and publicity as required; Fellow has the opportunity to plan and lead events and initiatives such as reading groups. 
  • Funding: Research of funding opportunities applicable to Consortium members, to be posted on the CSC website and newsletter; Support CSC grant writing efforts.  
  • Coordinate with Core Affiliate and Affiliate Board members to ensure they are meeting their position’s requirements; Assist with event planning and publicity. 
  • Initiatives: Continue work on medium- and long-term initiatives, such as designing a course in Carceral Studies, curating resource list, community partnerships/researchers, etc.; the nature of the initiative and project you undertake is up to you (in consultation with CSC Director) 

Funding 

The Carceral Studies Consortium offers this 12-month, .20 FTE fellowship from July 1 through June 30, 2022, with a stipend of $7,500 per year, paid monthly. The fellowship is intended to complement another graduate assistantship. As such, you will need approval for an appointment over .50 FTE from your advisor and graduate liaison or chair (see policy). Graduate students from any discipline or field at OU are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to Ph.D. Candidates who have completed their coursework. 

Application 

Please submit 1) a cover letter that addresses how your work relates to Carceral Studies and what initiatives/projects excite you about this position and 2) a CV. Please request a letter of recommendation from your advisor.* Your advisor and you should individually submit materials directly to carceralstudies@ou.edu by May 7, 2021. Questions about the position may be sent to the same contact.  

* Advisors: If the student already holds a GTA/GRA appointment, please indicate in the letter that you support adding .2 FTE to their existing appointment. See Grad College policy and approval requirements for appointments over .50 FTE here: https://bit.ly/3enNTt1