Employment Opportunity

Historian/Professional Writer (Request for Proposals)


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is seeking one or more historians/professional writers/journalists to write a book-length history to mark its 250th anniversary in 2030. The goal is to provide a full and critical assessment of the Academy’s activities and membership since its establishment in 1780, within the larger history of the nation it was created to serve. The historian(s) will work closely with the Academy’s Director of Humanities, Arts, and Culture Programs, with guidance from a distinguished committee of historians and other Academy members to produce a book-length study that is intended for a broad audience and publication by a university press.

The ideal candidate(s) will have published at least one book or significant body of writing on a related subject, have a demonstrated ability in research and synthesis, as well as a demonstrated ability to engage historical and interdisciplinary subjects and to analyze intersections of race, gender and class. Compensation is dependent on scope of work and experience. This is a grant-funded project, so funds may be paid as a lump sum payment, hourly rate, or honorarium with additional funding for research support. Interested researchers should submit a CV and letter of interest (of no more than three pages in length) that outlines their background and experience, availability and timeframe, and comments on the period/scope of work that would be especially of interest.

As a scholarly organization and research center, the Academy recognizes that diversity of thought, class, experience, sex, gender, race, physical or mental ability, age, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation is a value to uphold and is central to the mission and work of the organization.  We encourage researchers from all backgrounds to apply.

Proposals should be submitted by October 15, 2022. Expressions of interest in the project and other questions should be directed to Robert B. Townsend, at rtownsend@amacad.org.