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Program The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

Distinguished Visiting Scholars

About the Program

Distinguished Visiting Scholars are invited by the Librarian of Congress to be in residence at The John W. Kluge Center and to make use of the Library’s unparalleled collections. Drawing from a wide-range of disciplines, visiting scholars offer novel and timely perspectives based on their work as researchers, writers, and public intellectuals.

Recent Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Martin Hilbert – 2018

Martin Hilbert is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of California, Davis. He pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information and knowledge in the development of complex social systems. Before joining UC Davis, he created and coordinated the Information Society Programme of United Nations Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( In his 15 years as United Nations Economic Affairs Officer he performed hands-on technical assistance in the field of digital development to presidents, government experts, legislators, diplomats, NGOs, and companies in more than 20 countries. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Hilbert is researching his current project, “Information Theory for the Information Age.”

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William deBuys – 2018

Writer and conservationist William deBuys is the author of nine books, which range from memoir and biography to environmental history and studies of place. In the 1970s, the writer and social critic Robert Coles brought him to New Mexico as a research assistant, initiating deBuys’s deep relationship with the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest. He was named a Lyndhurst Fellow for 1986-1988, a Carl and Florence King Fellow at SMU in 1999-2000, and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008-2009. Today he lives on the farm he has tended since 1976 in the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center deBuys worked on a biography of Stewart L. Udall (1920-2010).

Wayne Wiegand – 2017

Wayne A. Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University and former director of the Florida Book Awards. Often referred to as the “Dean of American library historians,” he is author and editor of many books, including “Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey,” and over one hundred scholarly articles. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Wiegand researched a history of the American public-school library.

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Program Details

Research Areas



By the Librarian of Congress


$10,000 per month

For More Information

The John W. Kluge Center
Phone: (202) 707-3302
Email: [email protected]

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