Postdoctoral Affiliates

CPC Frank H.T. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellows

The CPC is honored to receive Atlantic Philanthropies' generous endowment to fund post-doctoral fellows in honor of former Cornell president, Frank H. T. Rhodes.

Postdoctoral Associate Announcement

The Cornell Population Center (CPC) invites applicants for the Frank H.T. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellowships. The start date for the position will be August 16, 2018 and will be funded for 2 years, subject to a satisfactory first year evaluation. Selection will be based on scholarly potential, ability to work in multi-disciplinary settings, and the support of a CPC faculty affiliate at Cornell who will serve as mentor, working closely with the post-doctoral associate. Preference will be given to fellows with research interests in areas broadly related to the CPC's four main foci: families and children; health behaviors and disparities; poverty and inequality; and immigration and diversity. Especially encouraged are applications from candidates whose research has significance for those countries on which the fellowship's funder focuses - the United States, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, South Africa, and Bermuda.

The Frank H. T. Rhodes Fellowships stand as a testament to the profound difference Frank Rhodes has made at Cornell by furthering scholarship and research in areas related to poverty alleviation, support for the elderly and disadvantaged children and youth, public health, and human rights. The postdoctoral program is designed to provide support through collaborations with faculty and to assist new scholars in launching their own programs of research. Postdoctoral Associates devote most of their time to independent research, but are expected to be actively involved in CPC activities and events.

Postdoctoral associates will have access to university resources and receive an annual salary of $63,000 plus benefits and a research/travel account. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in demography, economics, sociology, or another related social science discipline by August 16, 2018. Screening of applications begins December 8, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must include: (a) letter of application, (b) curriculum vita, (c) a statement proposing both an individual research project and how the candidate will engage with a CPC faculty affiliate's on-going research, (d) examples of written work, (e) a letter from a CPC faculty affiliate agreeing to mentor the candidate, and (d) three letters of recommendation. These materials must be submitted online at Academic Jobs Online at For questions, please contact Meg Cole (

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

Current and Recent CPC Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Patrick Ishizuka (2016-2018)
    Ph.D., Sociology and Social Policy, Princeton University, 2016
    Research interests: causes and consequences of socioeconomic and gender inequalities in the family and labor market.

  • Patrick Ishizuka recently presented his research titled, the Motherhood Penalty in Context: Assessing Discrimination in Low- and High-Skilled Occupations. Using quantitative and experimental methods, his research investigates the causes of socioeconomic and gender inequalities in family life, and how gender inequalities in families reproduce inequalities at work.

    Patrick earned his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, with a specialization in demography, from Princeton University in 2016. Broadly, his research focuses on work, family, and social inequality. Patrick is in his second year and will continue to work on projects in collaboration with Kelly Musick while in residence.

  • April Sutton, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego
    Frank H.T. Rhodes Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017), Ph.D., Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
    Research interests: social stratification; education; gender; spatial inequalities; life course transitions.
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