How to get a postdoc in the humanities and social sciences - part II

Because of the extremely saturated faculty market, it's become increasingly common for fresh PhD graduates in the humanities and social sciences to search for postdoc positions. But how do you get a postdoc and how do you make the most of it?

This series is primarily directed toward graduate students; and is co-organized by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Graduate Division, the Humanities and Social Sciences Association, the Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs Program, and the Career Center.



Session I – Panel discussion with two Recent Postdocs at UC Berkeley


Friday, May 5 from 1:30pm-3:00pm.


Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities


Yu Luo is a 2016-2017 postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California Berkeley. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental economics from Beijing University, and a doctoral degree in sociocultural anthropology from Yale University. Luo’s dissertation examines the paradox of ethnic branding that is entangled with heritage-tourism schemes and state-market forces in Guizhou Province, southwest China. Her recent publications include a forthcoming article in Modern China on Guizhou’s provincial identity and its eco-cultural brand, as well as a co-authored chapter on representations of Chinese minorities in the Handbook on Ethnic Minorities in China. She is also the 2016 recipient of the Tourism and Heritage Student Paper Prize awarded by the Society for Applied Anthropology. Her research interest broadly includes nature and culture, Asian borderlands, and China-Africa nexus.

Anjuli Verma is a Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, School of Law. She received her Ph.D. in Criminilogy, Law and Society from UC Irvine and her B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. Her research broadly engages questions of punishment and inequality, regime change, and the interplay of legal reform and politics in the governance of crime and punishment. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice and published in Law and Society Review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, The Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment, The American Journal of  Bioethics, The British Journal of Criminology, Ethnography (forthcoming), and Sociological Perspectives  (forthcoming). To view Dr. Verma's CV and learn more about her research and teaching, visit



Session II – Presentation: How to Pursue Postdocs in the Social Sciences and Humanities


Friday, May 12 from 1:30pm-3:00pm.


Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities



Andrew Green, PhD advisor at the Career Center, will present on how to seek out and effectively apply for postdocs in the humanities and social sciences.

Sabrina Soracco, Director, Graduate Writing Center, will present on writing effective postdoc proposals and applications