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Program The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South

About the Chair

The Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South focuses on the history and cultures of Africa; Latin America; the Middle East, South, and Southeast Asia; and Oceania, using the immense foreign language collections in the specialized reading rooms of the Library of Congress.

One of five Kluge Chairs articulated in the founding documents of The John W. Kluge Center, the Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South is occupied by scholars of great accomplishment chosen for their intellectual and communicative abilities. While in residence they are free to pursue their own research in the Library's collections.

Together, these broadly defined Chairs bring a critical mass of the world's leading thinkers to Washington from all over America and the world. Their presence provides an opportunity for ongoing dialogue with political leaders on matters of importance to civic and political life.

Find more information on Kluge Chairs in the Kluge Center charter.

Most Recent Chair

Toyin Falola

Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South (2016)

The Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Falola is a distinguished scholar of African history and a member of the Library of Congress Scholars Council. At the Kluge Center, Falola will research a project titled, "African Immigrant Communities in the United States."

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Program Details

Research Areas

Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania


By the Librarian of Congress


$13,500 per month

For More Information

The John W. Kluge Center
Phone: (202) 707-3302
Email: [email protected]

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