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

Distinguished Visiting Scholars

About the Program

Distinguished Visiting Scholars are invited by the Librarian of Congress to be in residence at The John W. Kluge Center and to make use of the Library's unparalleled collections. Drawing from a wide-range of disciplines, visiting scholars offer novel and timely perspectives based on their work as researchers, writers, and public intellectuals.

Current Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Patricia O'Toole

O’Toole is a former professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. She is the author of five books, including acclaimed biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, and the most recent, “The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made” (2018).

Recent Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Adam Rothman - 2018

Adam is a professor in the history department at Georgetown University. He studies the history of the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War, and the history of slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world.

Adam's most recent book is "Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery." The book tells the story of three slave children who were taken from New Orleans to Cuba by their owner during the U.S. Civil War, and their mother's effort to recover them. It has been named a Humanities Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and has received the Jefferson Davis Book Award from the American Civil War Museum, and the Margaret T. Lane/Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award from the American Library Association. Adam's first book, was "Slave Country: American Expansion and the Origins of the Deep South."

Adam served on Georgetown's Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation in 2015-2016, and is currently the principal curator of the "Georgetown Slavery Archive."

At the Library, Adam will explore the Library's Manuscripts Division in search of letters, journals, diaries, and memoirs written by African-Americans in the 19th century. He will be developing podcasts on these and other Library treasures from this era. Adam will be in residence through the end of 2018.

Martin Hilbert – 2018

Martin Hilbert is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of California, Davis. He pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information and knowledge in the development of complex social systems. Before joining UC Davis, he created and coordinated the Information Society Programme of United Nations Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( In his 15 years as United Nations Economic Affairs Officer he performed hands-on technical assistance in the field of digital development to presidents, government experts, legislators, diplomats, NGOs, and companies in more than 20 countries. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Hilbert is researching his current project, "Information Theory for the Information Age."

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William deBuys – 2018

Writer and conservationist William deBuys is the author of nine books, which range from memoir and biography to environmental history and studies of place. In the 1970s, the writer and social critic Robert Coles brought him to New Mexico as a research assistant, initiating deBuys's deep relationship with the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest. He was named a Lyndhurst Fellow for 1986-1988, a Carl and Florence King Fellow at SMU in 1999-2000, and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008-2009. Today he lives on the farm he has tended since 1976 in the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center deBuys worked on a biography of Stewart L. Udall (1920-2010).

Wayne Wiegand – 2017

Wayne A. Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University and former director of the Florida Book Awards. Often referred to as the "Dean of American library historians," he is author and editor of many books, including "Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey," and over one hundred scholarly articles. As a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kluge Center Wiegand researched a history of the American public-school library.

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$10,000 per month

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