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

Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History

About the Chair

The Maguire Chair supports exploration of the history of America with special attention to the ethical dimensions of domestic economic, political, and social policies. The appointed scholar conducts research on the ethical issues associated with leadership in the United States or on the ethical implications of significant issues, events, and movements in American history.

The research includes, but is not limited to, the conduct of politics and of government at all levels of American life and in all branches of government, and the role of ethics in shaping business, urban affairs, law, science, and medicine.

Most Recent Chair

Sarah Barringer Gordon

Eleventh Maguire Chair (2017)

Sally Barringer Gordon is well known for her work on religion in American public life and the law of church and state, especially for the ways that religious liberty developed over the course of American national history. She is the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the president of the American Society for Legal History. She is a frequent commentator in news media on the constitutional law of religion and debates about religious freedom. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center she researched her current book project about the historical relationship between religion, politics, and law is “Freedom’s Holy Light: Disestablishment in America, 1776-1876.”

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Program Details

Research Areas

Ethics, Law, U.S. History


By the Librarian of Congress


$13,500 per month

For More Information

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

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