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

Kluge Chair in Technology and Society

About the Chair

The Chair in Technology and Society focuses on the impact of fast-changing technologies on human societies, using the rapidly growing digital resources of the Library of Congress in addition to a wealth of holdings on the history of science and technology.

One of five Kluge Chairs articulated in the founding documents of The John W. Kluge Center, the Chair in Technology and Society 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

Helen Margetts

Kluge Chair in Technology and Society (2019)

Helen Margetts Helen Margetts is a Professor of Internet and Society at the University of Oxford, and served as Director of the Oxford Internet Institute from 2011 to 2018. She is currently the Director of the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. She is a political scientist who has researched and written extensively about the relationship between technology, politics, public policy and government including over 100 articles and and six books in this area, such as Digital Era Governance (with Patrick Dunleavy, 2006); and The Tools of Government in the Digital Age (with Christopher Hood, 2007). Her latest book, co-authored with a multi-disciplinary team, is Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action, which won the Political Studies Association’s W.J.Mackenzie prize of the Political Studies Association for best politics book in 2017. In 2018 she was awarded the Friedrich Schiedel Prize from the Technical University of Munich for research and research leadership in technology and politics. In 2019 she received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to social and political science.

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Program Details

Research Areas

Technology and society


By the Librarian of Congress


$13,500 per month

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