PhD Position in Law

Emory University

PhD Position in Law

Job Number 111736
Job Type Regular Full-Time
Division School Of Law
Department School of Law
Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta
Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable
Required Documents Cover letter, List of References, Writing Sample

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) at Emory University School of Law is hiring for a new post-doctoral position: the McDonald Scholar in Residence. The McDonald Scholar in Residence (“the Scholar”) will work closely with Professor John Witte, Jr. and with senior staff within CSLR to ensure the success of the new McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellows Program and with Prof. Witte on his research and scholarship. The Scholar is also expected and encouraged to continue their own research and scholarship and to be part of the scholarly community of the Center.


The Scholar will:

  • Manage, in collaboration with CSLR senior leadership, the new McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellowship program (1/4 time);
  • Assist Professor John Witte, Jr. with his research and scholarship (1/2 time); and
  • Conduct research and produce scholarship to further the Scholar’s own research agenda and academic career (1/4 time).


Imbedded in each of these responsibilities is an expectation that the scholar will actively participate in the scholarly life of CSLR through discussions, works in progress sessions, and other programs.


We welcome applications from individuals with relevant professional experience in law and religion, including recent PhD, SJD, or LLM graduates, or individuals holding a JD with relevant academic experience that demonstrates a commitment to, and deep understanding of, the production of rigorous and informed legal scholarship.


This full-time position includes benefits and appointment is anticipated to last at least 2 years, with the possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement.


Applicants are asked to submit with their application the following materials:

  1. a cover letter;
  2. CV;
  3. list of 3 references with contact information; and
  4. links/.pdfs to 2-3 writing samples.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply before June 15 for priority consideration.


About Emory Law

Emory Law is a national and global leader in legal education that welcomes and supports a diverse law school community, produces path-breaking and influential scholarship, and offers exceptional teaching and practical learning opportunities that enable our alumni to become respected professionals and leaders in a rapidly changing world. Together, our community is working to secure a more fair and just society by advancing the rule of law.  Our innovative strategic plan seeks to fuel the ambitions and success of the students, staff and faculty who are drawn to join the Emory Law community.  We need people like you to join us so that our vision becomes reality.



About the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is a thought leader dedicated to producing innovative scholarship, facilitating challenging conversations, convening the best minds, and training the next generation of academics, lawyers, and religious leaders to advance the global conversation on law and religion. Read more at


About Prof. John Witte, Jr.

John Witte, Jr. is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and McDonald Distinguished Professor at Emory Law School and Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion A leading specialist in legal history, human rights, religious freedom, marriage and family law, and law and religion, he has published 300 articles, 17 journal symposia, and 40 books. Read more at:


About the McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellows Program

The McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellows Program will launch in late 2023/early 2024 and will bring together more than a dozen mid-career scholars from around the world whose work illuminates different intersections of law and Christianity. This program will build off the momentum from the current McDonald Distinguished Fellows Program. Read more about the current program here: Additional information about the new McDonald Distinguished Senior Fellows Program will be released in late summer 2023.

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