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'Civilization' artwork, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C., Carol Highsmith, photographer

'Civilization' artwork, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Chair Holders

Jennifer Hochschild (2011)

Jennifer Hochschild (2011)

Professor of Government at Harvard University, and a scholar of the intersection of American politics and political philosophy.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Hochschild received her Ph.D. from Yale University and joined the faculty of Princeton University in 1981. She became Professor of Government at Harvard University in 2001. Hochschild was the founding editor of “Perspectives on Politics,” published by the American Political Science Association.

Hochschild’s writings explore issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and immigration and their impact on political participation and political thought. Her award-winning 1985 book “The New American Dilemma” used the American experience with school desegregation to argue that small, incremental changes are less successful than rapid, extensive change imposed by nonelected officials without citizen involvement.

As a scholar-in-residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Hochschild researched the politics and ideology of genomic science, specifically the links between genomics and governance. Learn more

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Gerhard Casper (2007)  

Ninth president of Stanford University, and scholar of constitutional law, constitutional history, comparative law and jurisprudence.

Born in Germany, Casper studied law at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg before earning his master’s in law from Yale in 1962 and doctorate in law from Freiburg in 1964. Casper was assistant professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley, faculty then dean at the University of Chicago Law School, then provost of the University of Chicago. From 1992 to 2000 he was the president of Stanford University.

Casper’s writings tackle subjects such as legal realism, the workload of the Supreme Court, and the separation of powers in the United States. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles.

As a scholar-in-residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Casper researched two unrelated topics: the views of German sociologist Max Weber on democratic governance and the 1795 U.S. Naturalization Act. Learn more

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Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. (2002-2003)

Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. (2002-2003)

Accomplished jurist of the federal courts and philosopher, historian, theologian and a scholar of law.

A graduate of Harvard University and recipient of a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America and LL.B. from Harvard Law School, Noonan began his career as Special Staff to the U.S. National Security Council before joining a private law firm. In 1961 he joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame Law School and in 1967 moved to Boalt Hall, the law school of the University of California, Berkeley.

As a scholar who incorporated law, philosophy, history and analysis of specific court decisions into his work, his writings on contraception, abortion, euthanasia, bribery, morality, and ethics impacted American elected officials and the Vatican. Noonan helped open a new line of thought about jurisprudence as a process of psychology, role play, value and language akin to the process of literature. In October 1985, President Ronald Reagan appointed Noonan to the newly created 27th seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he served until 1996. 

As a scholar-in-residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Noonan investigated the teachings of the Catholic Church on four different kinds of conduct over a period of 2,000 years through letters, notarial acts, biographies, histories, and treatises: the lending of money at a profit; the buying, selling and keeping of human beings as property; the persecution of heretics as the duty of Christian rulers; and the rules on marriage and remarriage.  

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Lectures and Panel Discussions

Public lectures and events by the chairholder during his or her tenure are major intellectual occasions at the Library of Congress. Lectures are filmed and placed on the Library of Congress webcast page. Click the webcast links below to watch past events in their entirety.

Lecture: “The Political Implications of Human Genomics”

[July 7, 2011]

Jennifer Hochschild Jennifer Hochschild discusses the growth of genomic science and its potential consequences for the criminal justice system and American policymakers.
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Panel: “Dignity of the Human Person”

[April 26, 2011]

Jennifer Hochschild Scholars Jennifer Hochschild, George Chrousos, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick lead a panel of seven distinguished scholars that probes the meaning of human dignity from a variety of historical, philosophical, religious, medical, and social perspectives.
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Lecture: “Caesarism in Democratic Politics”

[March 22, 2007]

Gerhard Casper Gerhard Casper discusses the concept on “Caesarism” in Max Weber’s political thought, and its relevance to contemporary politics.
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About the Program

Purpose

A senior scholar position to research domestic matters of and among the three branches of the United States government.

Appointment

By the Librarian of Congress.

Research Focus

The appointed scholar conducts research that focuses on the development of government in the United States, and on domestic matters of and among the three different branches of government, using the world's largest law library and the Library's unique collection of manuscripts on the formation of the American Republic.  

Contributions

The goal is for research that will illuminate knowledge of the American system of government that will contribute toward the public good.

It is hoped that the chairholder will pursue a new and refreshing voice in the intellectual milieu of Washington, D.C., and will bring both philosophical depth and historical perspective to the research.

A major address towards the end of the chairholder's tenure is one of the major intellectual occasions at the Library of Congress.

About Kluge Chairs

Five Kluge Chairs are articulated in the founding documents of The John W. Kluge Center.

The chairs are broadly defined to correspond to groupings among the Library's vast collections: American Law and Governance, Countries and Cultures of the North, Countries and Cultures of the South, Technology and Society, and Modern Culture.

The occupants of the chairs are senior scholars of great accomplishment chosen solely for their intellectual and communicative abilities and free to pursue their own research in the Library's collections.

Taken together, these broadly defined Chairs bring a critical mass of the world's leading thinkers to Washington from all over America and the world. Their presence provides an opportunity for a new type of dialog with political leaders, in an authentically scholarly atmosphere.

Find more information on Kluge Chairs in the Kluge Center charter.

 

Selection of the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance

The Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance is appointed by the Librarian of Congress.

No applications or nominations are accepted for this senior scholar position.

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