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

Past Scholars

  • Marvin LeRoy Overby - 2018

    Marvin is professor of political science at the University of Missouri. He has also taught at the University of Mississippi and Loyola University Chicago. He was a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. He has received numerous Fulbright fellowships and has taught as the Fei Yi-Ming Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, as well as in Hungary and Belgium.

    Marvin is widely published on congressional election politics, congressional procedure, judicial politics, and identity politics.

    At the Kluge Center, he will work on a book about some of the most significant congressional campaigns in the history of American politics. Marvin will be at the Library through the end of 2018.

  • Adam Rothman - 2018

    Adam is a professor in the history department at Georgetown University. He studies the history of the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War, and the history of slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world.

    Adam's most recent book is "Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery." The book tells the story of three slave children who were taken from New Orleans to Cuba by their owner during the U.S. Civil War, and their mother's effort to recover them. It has been named a Humanities Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and has received the Jefferson Davis Book Award from the American Civil War Museum, and the Margaret T. Lane/Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award from the American Library Association. Adam's first book, was "Slave Country: American Expansion and the Origins of the Deep South."

    Adam served on Georgetown's Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation in 2015-2016, and is currently the principal curator of the "Georgetown Slavery Archive."

    At the Library, Adam will explore the Library's Manuscripts Division in search of letters, journals, diaries, and memoirs written by African-Americans in the 19th century. He will be developing podcasts on these and other Library treasures from this era. Adam will be in residence through the end of 2018.

  • 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 (http://www.cepal.org/SocInfo External). 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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  • Peter Brooks - 2016

    Brooks is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University and the Andrew W. Mellon Scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Brooks researched a book project tentatively titled, "Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris," exploring the genre of the novel in relation to history and politics.
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  • Sreten Ugričić - 2015

    Ugričić is an author and the former director of the National Library of Serbia. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Ugričić will research his current book project, tentatively titled, "At Home Abroad."
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  • Jane McAuliffe - 2013

    A leading Qur'anic scholar, McAuliffe is the past president of Bryn Mawr College and a former dean of Georgetown University's College. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center McAuliffe researched a multi-phase publishing project that seeks to make the Quran more accessible and comprehensible to those unfamiliar with it.
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  • Wesley Granberg-Michaelson - 2012

    Reverend Wesley Granberg-Michaelson is general secretary of the Reformed Church in America. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center he researched "How Will the Growth of the Non-Western Church Shape the Future of World Christianity and the Quest for Christian Unity?"
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  • Joan Halifax - 2011

    Halifax is a Zen Buddhist roshi and founder / abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Halifax researched "Buddhism in America" and wrote the article, "A Heuristic Model of Enactive Compassion" (Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 2012).
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  • Ricardo V. Luna - 2011

    Luna is a former Peruvian Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Luna researched "The Persistence of the Inter-American Ideal, 1800 to 2000."
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  • Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick - 2011

    The former Archbishop of Washington, McCarrick is an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center McCarrick researched "The Role of Religion in Diplomacy: Responsibilities of Religious Leaders to Work for Peace and to Care for the World's Poor."
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  • Adeeb Khalid - 2010

    Khalid is a historian with expertise in Central Asia. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Khalid researched "Between Empire and Revolution: Soviet Central Asia, 1917-1932."
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  • Jurgen Kocka - 2010

    Kocka is a historian and former president of the Social Science Research Council (Berlin). As a distinguished visiting scholar the Kluge Center Khalid researched "Sociology and German History."

  • Roger White - 2010

    An economist, White was associate director for research for Congressional Research Services. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center White researched an analytical framework for policy research.

  • John Witte, Jr. - 2010

    The 2012 Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History and a member of the Library of Congress' Scholars Council, Witte is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. As a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Witte researched "Church and State Relations."
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  • Maroun Aouad - 2009

    Aouad is Director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. As a as a distinguished visiting scholar e at the Kluge Center Aouad researched "Arab Medieval Philosophers' Doctrines on War."

  • Marie Arana - 2009

    The 2015 Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South and a member of the Library of Congress' Scholars Council, Arana is a writer-at-large for the Washington Post and former editor-in-chief of Book World, the literary review section of the Washington Post. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center, she researched "The Life of Simon Bolivar."
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  • Genaro Arriagada - 2009

    A political scientist and South American politician, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center he researched energy policy issues in the Western hemisphere.
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  • K.S. Shankar Bajpai - 2009

    An Indian academic-analyst, Bajpai is an expert on Indo-China relations. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center he researched the origin and evolution of Indo-American relations.
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  • David Christian - 2009

    Christian is an American historian and scholar of Russian history. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center he researched "Inner Eurasia and Collective Learning."
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  • Abdolkarim Soroush - 2009

    Soroush is a Rumi scholar and Iranian philosopher. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Soroush researched "Contextualizing and Historicizing Islamic Philosophy."
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  • Jeffrey Alexander - 2008

    The Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at Yale University, Alexander is a scholar of cultural sociology. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center, he researched performative aspects of U.S. presidential campaigns.
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  • Jenna Weissman Joselit - 2007

    Joselit is a historian who specializes in the history and culture of America's Jews and in U.S. cultural history. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Joselit researched the variety of cultural forms in which the Ten Commandments appear in American culture.
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  • Hon. Major R. Owens - 2007

    Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 11th Congressional District of New York, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Owens researched a history of the Congressional Black Caucus.
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  • Andrew Graham - 2006

    Graham is a political economist and former Master of Balliol College, Oxford. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Graham researched "Radio, TV and a Viable Internet Business Model."

  • Jin Wu - 2006

    Wu is the former Education Minister for Taiwan. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Wu researched "Zheng He, the Chinese Mariner."
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  • Mohammed Arkoun - 2005

    Arkoun is a scholar of Islamic studies and Islamic thought. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Arkoun researched "Islamic Studies."
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  • Francis Mading Deng - 2005

    Deng is a politician and South Sudanese diplomat. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Deng researched "Somalia: North and South."
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  • Alastair Horne - 2005

    Horne is a journalist and European historian. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Horne researched the Henry Kissinger papers.
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  • George Saliba - 2005

    Historian of Arabic and Islamic Science, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Saliba researched the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity to early modern times, focusing on the various planetary theories that were developed within Islamic science and the impact these theories had on early European astronomy.
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  • Patricia Sullivan - 2005

    A noted historian, Sullivan is a scholar of African American history, race relations, and the history of the civil rights movement. As a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Sullivan researched "Struggle Toward Freedom: A History of the NAACP."

  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso - 2004

    The 2012 Kluge Prize winner, Cardoso is a noted economic sociologist and former President of Brazil, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Cardoso researched "Socio-Political Aspects of Contemporary Brazil."

  • Ruth Cardoso - 2004

    Cardoso is an anthropologist and the former first lady of Brazil. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center, Cardoso researched "Socio-Political Aspects of Contemporary Brazil."

  • Menahem Schmelzer - 2004

    Schmelzer is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature and Jewish Bibliography at The Jewish Theological Seminary. As a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Schmelzer researched "The Interrelationship Between Jewish and Non-Jewish Printers and Publishers in 18th-Century Germany."
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  • James Turner - 2004

    Turner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Turner researched "American and British Intellectual History with Respect to the History of Academic Knowledge and Higher Education."

  • Yury Afanasiev - 2003

    Afanasiev is a historian, founder of the Russian State University for the Humanities, and Honorary President of the Russian State University. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center, Afanasiev researched "Old and New Drives in Russian Foreign Policy."

  • Michael Stone - 2003

    Stone was Professor Emeritus of Armenian Studies and of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Stone researched "The 'Adamagirk' (Book of Adam), Written by Arakel of Siwnik."

  • Robert L. Carter - 2002

    Carter was an American civil rights activist and a United States District Judge. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Carter wrote "Memoirs."

  • Robert Remini - 2002

    Remini was Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a former historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. As a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Remini wrote his "History of the U.S. House of Representatives."

  • John Hope Franklin - 2001

    An American historian, Franklin was an awardee of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 2006 Kluge Prize winner. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center, Franklin wrote his memoir.

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