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Current Opportunities

At the Center for Social Solutions, you'll find a small but growing team in which all opinions are valued and ample opportunities to be part of new and exciting initiatives that seek to influence change in a few of the largest issues facing society today. Student and staff positions for which the Center is currently taking applications are listed below:

Research Associate I

LSA's Center for Social Solutions, led by noted social historian Earl Lewis, is partly composed of senior-level graduate students in Research Associate I positions who work on projects in three core areas of social concern: slavery, the politics of water, and the future of work. Though we currently are not actively searching for additional Research Associates, qualified students may send a resume to socialsolutions@umich.edu to be considered.  

The projects are described below: 

Slavery: Students will be working on creating an interactive database on and about slavery, historically and contemporaneously. They will assist an interdisciplinary team plan, and distribute and execute a number of public programs stemming from the broader research on past and present human servitude.

Water: Students will be working on creating a clearinghouse of research projects focusing on the politics of water across the country. The objective is to document and summarize research reports, policy briefs, empirical studies, and related material that explore the effects of drought across geographic regions in the United States, unequal access to water as experienced across these areas, and policy-based intervention strategies designed to address these conditions.

Future of Work: Students will be working on creating a clearinghouse of projects on research focusing on the future of work. The objective is to document and  summarize research reports, policy briefs, empirical studies, and related material that explore the future of work and work opportunity in emerging and traditional American labor market sectors, and the status and fate of lower-tier and/or non-professional workers in those sectors.

For more details and submitting your application, please apply here.