Chair of Countries and Cultures of the North
A senior scholar position to research 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. 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.
David Laitin - 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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.