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

Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History

About the Chair

The Maguire Chair supports exploration of the history of America with special attention to the ethical dimensions of domestic economic, political, and social policies. The appointed scholar conducts research on the ethical issues associated with leadership in the United States or on the ethical implications of significant issues, events, and movements in American history.

The research includes, but is not limited to, the conduct of politics and of government at all levels of American life and in all branches of government, and the role of ethics in shaping business, urban affairs, law, science, and medicine.

Most Recent Chair

Cathleen Kaveny

Twelfth Maguire Chair (2018)

Cathy, a professor of law at Boston College, focuses on the relationship of law, religion, and morality. She holds a joint appointment in the department of theology. A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1993, Cathy clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals and worked as an associate at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray in its health law group.

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Program Details

Research Areas

Ethics, Law, U.S. History


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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