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New Scholars at the Kluge Center – June 2015

This past month’s #ScholarFest was a huge success, and I’m grateful to all who made it so. It was such a delight to have so many familiar faces back at the Center; it was an amazing two days, one that could not have happened without our team at the Kluge Center and all of the scholars who returned to participate. In the midst of the excitement, we welcomed seven new scholars during the month of June. They included:

Pete Millwood is a British Research Council Fellow based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During his tenure at the Kluge Center, Pete will be working on his research project entitled, “The Sino-American Bilateral Exchange Program and U.S. Support for China’s Reform and Opening, 1969-1989.” His research at the Library of Congress focuses on the role of people-to-people contacts and exchanges of people between the United States and China from 1969 until 1978. An agreement signed during President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 promised to rapidly expand and broaden the long dormant contacts between the American and Chinese people. Pete’s dissertation examines how the resumption of these contacts contributed to the developing diplomatic relationship between the two nations, and how exchange visits altered popular perceptions of a country that had been sealed from American eyes for two decades. The Library holds many unique historical materials that record visits by Americans to China, including a large number of collections of personal papers, diaries, notes and travel accounts that are unpublished and unavailable elsewhere. In addition, the Library has excellent collections of Chinese-language books and other resources that will aide Pete’s research on the significance of these exchanges.

Kelly Sivris is a British Research Council Fellow coming to us from the University of Nottingham. She will be working on her project, “Occupational Psychology.” The aim of this project is to form a well-rounded understanding of global and European trends regarding Employment Protection. She hopes her research will better delineate the disparities between currently available practices and more effective approaches in favor of employees’ health protection and promotion. While at the Library of Congress she will be focusing on an investigation of employment protection trends since the beginning of the financial crisis and their impact on health. The Library has access to multiple digital sources and archives including PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service), Business Source Complete, ABI/INFORM, and many others.

Other fellows who arrived in the month of June were:

Anna Browne Ribeiro
Kluge Fellow, The Ohio State University, “Rethinking Empty Places: An Archaeology of Amazonian Dwelling.”

Benjamin Coulson
British Research Council Fellow, Newcastle University, “China in the U.S. Imagination.”

James Emmott
Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, “Victorian Studies.”

Sarah Parker
British Research Council Fellow, University of Stirling, “Publicity, Photography, Fashion: Constructing Edna St. Vincent Millay as Celebrity Poetess.”

Nicholas D. Witham
British Research Council Fellow, Cantebury Christ Church University, “Between Cold War and Civil Rights: Popular American Historical Writing, 1947-1980.”

Check back next month for scholars arriving in the month of July. Click here for the full list of scholars currently in residence.

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