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Cherubs representing Asia and Europe, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.

Current Chair

Guoxiang Peng - 2016

Guoxiang Peng

An accomplished scholar of Confucianism and neo-Confucianism, Peng is Qiu Shi Distinguished Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Intellectual History and Religions at Zhejiang University. Read announcement

Past Chairs

John W. Witte, Jr. - 2015

John Witte

The Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Service Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion Center at Emory University, as a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center Witte researched a series of volumes on "Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Reformation." Read announcement


David Laitin - 2011

David Laitin

A political science professor at Stanford University, and a scholar of comparative politics specializing in political culture, ethnic conflict, and civil war, as a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Laitin analyzed the integration of Muslims into contemporary France. Read announcement

W. Roger Louis - 2010

Wm. Roger Louis

The Distinguished Professor and Kerr Chair in English History and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin, and scholar in the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth, the Middle East, India, and end of empires. As a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Louis completed his book “The British Empire in the Middle East, 1952-1971.” Read announcement


Herman Van der Wee - 2007

Herman Van der Wee

Professor emeritus (Chair of Economic History) at the University of Leuven and scholar of banking and world economy, as a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, the economic historian researched Belgian economic history.

Neil Smelser - 2006

Neil Smelser

Professor Emeritus of Sociology and former director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at University of California Berkeley, and a scholar of collective behavior, including economic sociology, social change, and the sociology of education. As a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, the highly respected sociologist worked on his book “The Odyssey Experience.” Read announcment


Asa Briggs - 2005

Asa Briggs
The preeminent English historian of the Victorian era and appointed member of the British peerage, among his landmark publications is a five-volume text on the history of broadcasting in the United Kingdom from 1922 to 1974. As a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Briggs researched a comparative history of American and British broadcasting.

Sir Michael Howard - 2003

Sir Michael Howard

The former Chichele Professor of the History of War and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, and Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University. Howard is best known for expanding military history beyond the traditional campaigns and battles accounts to include wider discussions about the sociological significance of war. Howard was knighted in 1986. As a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Howard explored "The Invention of Peace" while at the Library of Congress.

Jaroslav Pelikan - 2001

Jaroslav Pelikan

Leading intellectual, cultural and religious historian, the Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University and 2004 Kluge Prize winner. A past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and editor of the religion section of Encyclopedia Britannica, Pelikan authored more than 30 books. As a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center, Pelikan researched creeds and confessions of faith in the Christian tradition.

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About the Program

Purpose

A senior scholar position to research the history and cultures of North America, Europe, Russia and East Asia.

Appointment

By the Librarian of Congress.

Research Focus

The appointed scholar conducts research on the history and cultures of North America, Europe, Russia and East Asia using the immense foreign language collections in the specialized reading rooms of the Library of Congress.

Contributions

The goal is for research that will illuminate knowledge of the history and cultures of the northern hemisphere 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.

An event 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 Countries and Cultures of the North

The Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North is appointed by the Librarian of Congress.

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

To view other scholar opportunities, please return to the Chairs & Fellowships page.

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