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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.

Jeremy A. Greene

Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD, is the William H. Welch Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Director of the Department of the History of Medicine, co-Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also practices internal medicine at a community health center in East Baltimore. In addition to scholarly publications, he is a regular contributor to clinical and public health journals including The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The American Journal of Public Health, and his work has appeared in popular publications including Slate, Forbes, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. In his several books, "Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), "Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and "The Doctor Who Wasn’t There: Technology, History, and the Limits of Telehealth" (University of Chicago Press, 2022). Greene’s research explores how the complex social, cultural, and economic histories of medical technologies impact present day medical knowledge and clinical practice. Greene’s work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health / National Library of Medicine, the Norwegian Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation. His current research project, "Syringe Tides: Disposable Technology and the Making of Medical Waste" is supported by a 2023 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Peter Brannen

Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist and contributing writer at The Atlantic. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, among other publications. His book, “The Ends of the World,” about the five major mass extinctions in Earth’s history, was published in 2017 by Ecco.
Brannen is an affiliate at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was formerly a 2018 Scripps Fellow at CU-Boulder, a 2015 journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University, and a 2011 Ocean Science Journalism Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA. His essays have been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series and in “The Climate Book” by Greta Thunberg (Penguin Publishing Group, 2023). Brannen is particularly interested in geology, ocean science, deep time, and the carbon cycle.

James Miller

James Miller is the inaugural Professor of Humanities at Duke Kunshan University (DKU), Chair of the Faculty Assembly, and co-director of the DKU Humanities Research Center. Prior to his appointment at Duke Kunshan, Miller served as the director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in cultural studies and as the director of the School of Religion, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Miller’s research is based in the study of Chinese philosophy, theology, and religion, with an emphasis on philosophy of nature, environmental ethics, and the intersection of religion and ecology in China. He is known worldwide as a scholar of Daoism, China’s indigenous religion, and especially its relation to ecology. He has published seven books including, most notably, “China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future” (Columbia, 2017).
Miller serves as the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Worldviews: Global Cultures, Religion, and Ecology, published by Brill. Miller holds a Ph.D. from Boston University.

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$10,000 per month

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The John W. Kluge Center
Phone: (202) 707-3302