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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

Ainissa Ramirez

Kluge Chair in Technology and Society (2023)

Ainissa Ramirez is an award-winning scientist and science communicator, who is dedicated to making science engaging and meaningful to the general public. A graduate of Brown University, she received her doctorate in materials science from Stanford University. She began her career as a scientist at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and later worked as an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Yale. Her most recent book, “The Alchemy of Us” (MIT Press, 2020) was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected as a top science book by Smithsonian Magazine and Science Friday.
Ramirez speaks widely on the topics of science and technology and gave a TED talk on the importance of science education. She has written for Forbes, Time, and The Atlantic and has explained science headlines on CBS, CNN, NPR, ESPN, and PBS. She has served as a science advisor for the American Film Institute, WGBH/NOVA, and numerous science museums. She is currently working on a book about materials and has a forthcoming series of children’s science books with Candlewick and Charlesbridge.

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Program Details

Research Areas

Technology and society

Appointment

By the Librarian of Congress

Stipend

$13,500 per month

For More Information

The John W. Kluge Center
Phone: (202) 707-3302
Email: scholarly@loc.gov