Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center
125 Dickinson Hall
Manager, Shelby Cullom Davis Center
G-13 Dickinson Hall
Executive Secretary, Shelby Cullom Davis Center
G-26 Dickinson Hall

… the Davis Center fellowship struck the perfect balance between intellectual stimulation and fellowship, on the one hand, and the peace and quiet to think and write, whether in my exceptionally well set-up office or in the remarkable Firestone library.”

Polly Jones, Davis Fellow 2011-12, University of Oxford. Read more.


During the academic years 2018 and 2019, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies will focus on the topic of “Law & Legalities.” This two-year seminar will bring together visiting scholars working on law in societies around the world and throughout human history, on topics including (but not restricted to) state administration, gender and sexuality, race, religion, property, science, environment, technology, war, migration, commerce, medicine, disability, incarceration, and human rights. How have legal, illegal, quasi-legal, and extra-legal forms of social order interacted in different periods and places? We will consider the historical possibilities and predicaments that have emerged within legal and juridical systems (both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’), as well as the conflicts that have arisen from the overlapping jurisdictions of custom, community, religion, nation-state, empire, and international bodies.

Fellowships are awarded to employed scholars who are expected to return to their position. Verification of employment and salary will be requested prior to approval by the Dean of the Faculty. PhD required. To apply for a visiting position, please visit our Fellowship Information page. The deadline for receipt of applications and letters of recommendation for fellowships for 2019/2020 is December 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST. Applicants must apply online and submit a CV, cover letter, research proposal, abstract of proposal, and contact information for three references.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applications for 2019/20 fellowships are due December 1, 2018.

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