January 14, 2011 Jennifer Hochschild Appointed to Chair in American Law and Governance in John W. Kluge Center

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Jennifer Hochschild, a professor at Harvard University, to the Chair in American Law and Governance in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. While at the Library, from January until July 2, 2011, Hochschild will be examining the politics and ideology of genomic science—specifically, the developing links between genomics and governance. Her current project is tentatively titled “Racial Transformation: Immigration, Multi-racialism, DNA and Cohort Change.” At Harvard, Hochschild is the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and a professor of African and African American studies. Hochschild studies the intersection of American politics and political philosophy—particularly in the areas of race, ethnicity and immigration—and educational policy. Hochschild is the co-author of “The American Dream and the Public Schools” (2003); the author of “Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class and the Soul of the Nation” (1995); “The New American Dilemma: Liberal Democracy and School Desegregation” (1984); and “What’s Fair: American Beliefs and Distributive Justice” (1981). She is also the co-author or co-editor of numerous other books and articles. Hochschild was the founding editor of Perspectives on Politics, published by the American Political Science Association. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous fellowships and awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Spencer Foundation, the Princeton University Research Board and other organizations. Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For further information on the Kluge Center, visit www.loc.gov/kluge/.


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ISSN 0731-3527