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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Race, Caste, and Colorism Working Group Graduate Assistant

Race, Caste, and Colorism Working Group Graduate Assistant (1) – starting September 2021, running through August 2022

The Race, Caste, and Colorism Project aims to cultivate a robust global network of scholars, artists, writers, translators, and activists, convened around a shared political, intellectual, and aesthetic inquiry of race, caste, and colorism. We plan to host a regular slate of recurring activities including artists’ and writers’ workshops, scholarly conferences, and storytelling seminars focused on creating new collaborations around creative social, political, and aesthetic interventions. We plan to create dedicated publishing channels for collecting stories and scholarship grounded in living in caste, race, and colorism including book series, readers, art exhibitions, shareable syllabi, translation initiatives, and a multilingual open-access web-based magazine.

The Race, Caste, and Colorism Working Group seeks one Graduate Assistant (GA) to join our interdisciplinary team and support our projects and activities.

The GA will assist the Race, Caste, and Colorism Project team, including working closely with co-directors Laura Brueck and Ivy Wilson, in planning and managing the group’s activities. Responsibilities will include managing communication with participants in the Project’s events, working with Northwestern Buffett’s communications team to build and maintain an active Project website, and administering the Project’s social media presence. The GA will assist in building our global network while also establishing durable connections with the local community at Northwestern and across Chicagoland. The GA will also work with the Project directors to seek additional external longer-term funding opportunities.   

The GA appointment will begin in September 2021 and will continue through the full 2021-2022 academic year.


Ideal Candidates must be:


Ideal Candidates must have experience:



Graduate Assistantships are open to all disciplines enrolled in The Graduate School at Northwestern University. PhD students are eligible to be funded in their 3rd through 5th years. At the home school’s discretion, Humanities and Social Sciences PhD students may use up to 4 banked quarters to extend their funding through their 6th year.

In order to accept the appointment, selected Graduate Assistants must have the approval of the program DGS and primary thesis adviser.

Graduate Fellows and Assistants must meet the eligibility requirements set for all students receiving financial aid and must follow all  TGS Regulations Governing Recipients of University Assistance.



Monthly stipend (at advanced rate from current minimum TGS stipend rate) and tuition


Application:  Please compile all of the below materials into a single PDF document and send to Ariel Schwartz at

  1. Cover letter: Please describe your [research/career/professional] goals and how you envision this GAship will help you meet those goals. (500 words or less)
  2. Research abstract (500 words or less)
  3. Current CV (5 pages or less)
  4. Contact details for two references



The deadline for applicants to submit all application materials is Thursday, June 3, 2021 (by 11:59 p.m. CT).



Email Ariel Schwartz at with questions.