The Scholars Council

The Scholars Council is a body of distinguished thinkers convened by the Librarian of Congress to advise on matters related to scholarship at the Library, with special attention to the Kluge Center and the Kluge Prize. Throughout its history, the Scholars Council has included prominent public intellectuals, as well as winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Holberg Prize and numerous other distinguished awards. Council members serve a five-year term.

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    Lisa Anderson Lisa Anderson most recently served as President of the American University in Cairo (AUC) for five years, stepping down on January 1, 2016. Prior to her appointment as President, she was the University’s provost, a position she had assumed in 2008. As AUC provost, Dr. Anderson helped manage the transfer of all the University’s degree […]
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    Christine L. Borgman Christine L. Borgman, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, is the author of more than 250 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. These include three books from MIT Press: “Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World” (2015), winner of the 2015 […]
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    Drew Gilpin Faust
    2018 Kluge Prize Winner
    Drew Gilpin Faust is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Research Professor at Harvard, where she served as president from 2007-2018.Faust previously served as founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2001-2007). Before coming to Radcliffe, she was the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.She is the author of seven books, […]
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    David S. Ferriero David S. Ferriero was the 10th Archivist of the United States, nominated by President Obama in 2009. He served in this position until May 2022. Early in 2010, he committed the National Archives and Records Administration to the principles of Open Government – transparency, participation, and collaboration. To better position NARA to fulfill these goals, he […]
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    Timothy Frye Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books including “Brokers and Bureaucrats: Building Markets in Russia” (University of Michigan Press, 2000), “Building States and Markets after Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy” […]
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    Sarah Barringer Gordon Sarah Barringer Gordon is the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is well known for her work on religion in American public life and the law of church and state, especially for the ways that religious liberty developed over the course of American national […]
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    Martha Jones Martha Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, Professor of History, and a Professor at the SNF Agora Institute at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose research explores how Black people have shaped the story of American democracy and today extends to work on memorial landscapes, family […]
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    John Lombardi John Lombardi is President Emeritus of the University of Florida and Director of the Center for Measuring University Performance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Florida. He is a professor of history with a focus on Latin America and especially Venezuela. He has published on a wide range of higher education […]
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    Jane McAuliffe Jane McAuliffe is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University. Her previous positions include inaugural Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, President of Bryn Mawr College, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, and Professor at the University of Toronto […]
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    Natalia Molina Natalia Molina is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her research explores the intertwined histories of race, place, gender, culture, and citizenship. She is the author of the award-winning books, “How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial […]
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    Alondra Nelson Widely known for her research at the intersection of science, technology, and society, Alondra Nelson holds the Harold F. Linder Chair in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Past president of the Social Science Research Council, she was professor of sociology at Columbia University, where she served as the inaugural […]