May 27, 2022 Kluge Center Welcomes Chairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholars into Residence

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Seven scholars holding distinguished visiting scholar and chair positions at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress are beginning their terms in residence in the spring and early summer 2022.

These positions are filled by invitation of the Librarian of Congress, and scholars enjoy individual offices in the Jefferson Building, where they engage in writing and research and interact with other scholars in residence.

Learn more about these scholars and their work below, and follow the Kluge Center’s blogs and public events to get to know them better.

Steve Swayne arrived at the Kluge Center in March as Kluge Chair in Modern Culture. He is working with the Library’s David Diamond Collection to produce a book on the life and work of the influential 20th century American composer.

Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music at Dartmouth College where he teaches courses in art music from 1700 to the present, opera, American musical theater, Russian music, and American music. Swayne is president of the American Musicological Society, the premier organization for musicologists in the English-speaking world as well as an accomplished concert pianist. Swayne completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 1999. Swayne has written two books — “How Sondheim Found His Sound” (University of Michigan Press, 2005) and “Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America’s Musical Life” (Oxford University Press, 2011; winner of the 2012 ASCAP Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography).

Thomas Rid began his residence as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center in April.

Rid is professor of Strategic Studies and founding director of the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Rid’s research centers on international security and intelligence studies. From 2011 to 2016, he was a professor of Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

Rid is the author of “Active Measures” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020), “Rise of the Machines” (Norton, 2016), and “Cyber War Will Not Take Place” (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Jacob Hacker began his time as Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Kluge Center in May.

Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is the author or co-author of seven books and many articles for academic and public presses. His research and writing focuses on American politics and public policy, especially health policy. Most recently, with scholar Paul Pierson, Hacker published “Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality” (Liveright, 2020).

Hacker is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and a board member for The American Prospect, The Century Foundation, and the Economic Policy Institute. Hacker earned a Ph.D. from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard College.

Dana R. Fisher began her time in residence as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in May. At the Kluge Center, she is working on the book project “Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action,” set to be published by Columbia University Press.

Fisher is a professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Maryland and the president-elect of the Eastern Sociological Society. Her research focuses on questions related to democracy, civic engagement, activism and climate politics — most recently studying political elites’ responses to climate change, the emergent U.S. Civilian Climate Corps, and activism around climate, systemic racism, and the American resistance.

Christine Rosen began her time as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center in May.

Rosen is chair of the Colloquy on Knowledge, Technology & Culture at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia. She is also a senior editor of The New Atlantis and senior writer at Commentary magazine.

Rosen’s research focuses on bioethics, genetics and the social and cultural impacts of technology. She is the author of two books: “Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement” (Oxford University Press, 2004), a history of American religious leaders’ interactions with the eugenics movement, and “My Fundamentalist Education: A Memoir of a Divine Girlhood” (Public Affairs, 2005), a memoir of Rosen’s childhood growing up in a fundamentalist Christian community.

Caitlin Talmadge arrives as the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations in July.

Talmadge is associate professor of Security Studies in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a non-resident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and a research affiliate in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work focuses on nuclear deterrence and escalation, civil-military relations, military strategy and operations, and defense policy, with a particular focus on security issues in Asia and the Persian Gulf.

Talmadge is the author of “The Dictator's Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes” (Cornell University Press, 2015) and co-author of “U.S. Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy” (with Harvey M. Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz, Routledge, 2021).

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett will begin her time as the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture in July.

Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at the Price School, University of Southern California. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Industry Strategy Officers and has been a member of the forum’s Global Future Councils. She is the author of “The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City” (Princeton University Press, 2007), “Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity” (Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), and “The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class” (Princeton University Press, 2017).

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Salon, The Economist, The New Yorker, and the Times Literary Supplement as well as the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Development Quarterly, the Journal of the American Planning Association, and the Harvard Business Review, among others. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

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