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Deepak Nayyar Joins Kluge Center as Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Deepak Nayyar as Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South. Nayyar began his time at the Kluge Center this September.

Deepak Nayyar is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College Oxford. He was Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, New York, from 2008 to 2012, and was Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, from 1986 to 2011. Earlier, he taught economics at the University of Oxford, the University of Sussex, and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi.

He is, at present, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. Previously, he was Chairman of the Board of the World Institute for Development Economics Research, WIDER, Helsinki (2001-2008), and on the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council, New York (2001-2007).

His professional life in academia has been interspersed with short periods in government, as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Commerce from 1983 to 1985, and as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and Secretary in the Ministry of Finance from 1989 to 1991.

His research interests are primarily in the areas of international economics, macroeconomics, development economics, and economic history. His books include the bestselling “Catch Up: Developing Countries in the World Economy” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and “The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Liberalization” (Penguin Books, 1996), both of which have been translated into many languages. His latest books, “Resurgent Asia” and “Asian Transformations” (Oxford University Press, 2019), analyze the remarkable economic transformation and rise of Asia during the past half-century.

Nayyar, who was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, holds a B. Phil and a D. Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford.

 

Kluge Center Welcomes New Director Kevin Butterfield

Kevin Butterfield, noted historian of American history and most recently executive director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, has joined the Library of Congress as Director of the John W. Kluge Center. Butterfield succeeds Brent Yacobucci, who has returned to managing the energy and materials […]

Stephanie Wood Joins Kluge Center as Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Wood as Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas. Wood will begin her time at the Kluge Center this October. Wood is the Director and Research Associate at […]

Sophia Rosenfeld Joins Kluge Center as Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophia Rosenfeld as Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North. Rosenfeld began her time at the Kluge Center this September. Rosenfeld is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches […]

How the Lowly Answering Machine Contributed to our Anxiety-Ridden Culture of Continuous Communication

Josh Lauer is a 2019 Digital Studies Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center as well as Associate Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include the history of communication technologies as well as consumer credit reporting, the topic of his 2017 book “Creditworthy: A History of Consumer Surveillance and […]

The Study of Mystical Traditions is Opening a Path Toward New Forms of Religious Thought and Practice

This is a guest post by Carrie Rosefsky Wickham. Wickham is the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress and Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Emory University. Can one be both a religious person and a humanist? If so, what kind of worldview might this entail? Together […]

A 16th Century Codex Tells a Story of Resistance to Colonial Rule

Jay I. Kislak Chair Barbara E. Mundy is an art historian whose scholarship explores zones of contact between Native peoples and settler colonists as they forged new visual cultures in the Americas. She is Donald and Martha Robertson Chair in Latin American Art History at Tulane University, Senior Fellow of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, […]

Equitable Infrastructure, Democracy, and Why Private Industry Can’t Address the Digital Divide

Now, more than ever, vast amounts of digital information are instantly available to the public. And yet, accessing digital information and online services remains a challenge for those in areas without high-speed internet access. In this interview, Ann Eisenberg, Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina and current Kluge Fellow, explained the […]

How Liberal Protestants Shaped America, Part 2

This is part two of our interview with Gene Zubovich. For the first part, click here. What drew the attention of activist Protestants towards international affairs, and what impact did that have? In Before the Religious Right I discuss the work liberal Protestants were doing to fight racism, economic inequality, and to reshape American foreign […]