The Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina is recruiting for a funded graduate research assistantship position at the PhD level. The areas of interest of the prospective student should align with the fields of environmental justice, climate justice, political ecology, Black Geographies, and/or climate change resilience. 

While the primary responsibilities and duties will be supervised by me at the University of South Carolina in the Department of Geography, the individual will gain valuable experience working with an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the University of South Carolina, Mississippi State University, and Mississippi Valley State University as well as several community organizations on tasks related to investigating resilience to climate change in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta on topics related to flood risk, agricultural sustainability, and other community identified areas of interest. The project is funded by NSF. A master’s degree is required. A proven record of prior experience conducting independent qualitative research in the field of geography, or a related field, through a critical social science lens is strongly preferred. Additionally, experience and familiarity with, or a willingness to learn, GIS and R programs is preferred. The student will be encouraged to develop their own independent dissertation research out of this opportunity. 

Potential candidates should submit their CV and a letter of interest (no more than one page maximum) directly to Dean Hardy at [email protected] no later than December 15th. Strong candidates for the position will be contacted directly and potentially encouraged to apply to our graduate program. USC’s Geography Graduate Admissions Committee will conduct an independent evaluation of any potential candidate to determine final admission to the program. Funding for the position is available up to $30,000 per year for three years with the possibility of a fourth year becoming available. The expected start date is Fall 2024 though Summer 2024 is a possibility.