Chair Holders

2019

2017

  • Biography
    José Casanova José Casanova, a sociologist of religion, is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and emeritus professor of sociology and theology and religious studies at Georgetown University. From 1987 to 2007, he served as professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York. His book, “Public … Continue reading José Casanova →
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    Mae M. Ngai Mae M. Ngai is Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University. She is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in the histories of immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and the Chinese diaspora. She is author of the award-winning “Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America” (Princeton … Continue reading Mae M. Ngai →

2016

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    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. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Peng continued his research on the religious dimensions of Confucianism and the political and social thought of contemporary Confucianism.News ReleasesPeng Guoxiang Named Kluge Chair in Countries … Continue reading Guoxiang Peng →

2015

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    John Witte Jr. John Witte Jr. is 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. A specialist in legal history, marriage law, and religious liberty, he has published 220 articles, 15 journal symposia, and 26 books – including recently … Continue reading John Witte Jr. →

2011

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    David Laitin Laitin is 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 Kluge Center he analyzed the integration of Muslims into contemporary France.News ReleasesDavid Laitin Named to Kluge Center Chair in Countries and Cultures of the NorthJanuary 3, … Continue reading David Laitin →

2010

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    William Roger Louis W. ROGER LOUIS is Kerr Chair of English History and Culture and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas and an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He is the author or editor of some 30 books including Imperialism at Bay (1977) and The British Empire in the Middle East (1984). His latest … Continue reading William Roger Louis →

2007

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    Herman Van der Wee An economic historian and scholar of banking and world economy, Van der Wee is Professor Emeritus at the University of Leuven. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center, he researched Belgian economic history.Lectures“Economic Globalization in the Mirror of History”January 17, 2008

2006

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    Neil Smelser A scholar of collective behavior, including economic sociology, social change, and the sociology of education, Smelser is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and former director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at University of California Berkeley. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Smelser worked on his book “The Odyssey Experience.” Read announcementLectures“Why … Continue reading Neil Smelser →

2005

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    Asa Briggs The preeminent English historian of the Victorian era and appointed member of the British peerage, Brigg’s landmark publications include a five-volume text on the history of broadcasting in the United Kingdom from 1922 to 1974. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center, Briggs researched a comparative history of American and British broadcasting. Read announcement

2003

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    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 … Continue reading Sir Michael Howard →

2001

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    Jaroslav Pelikan Jaroslav Pelikan single-handedly brought the Eastern or Orthodox tradition into the hitherto Western story of Christianity. The Orthodox tradition had been largely ignored or disparaged by those who saw Byzantine Christianity as a failure of intellectual creativity. In this and other respects, Pelikan recognized the significance of ignored and unstudied aspects of history. Pelikan also … Continue reading Jaroslav Pelikan →