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April 2019 Kluge Arrivals

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Spring has arrived, and with the Cherry Blossoms at their peak, the Kluge Center has welcomed three new scholars into residence in April 2019. Here are the projects they will be working on:

Rebecca Iszatt, our first incoming Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the University of Leeds. During her residency, Rebecca will concentrate on “Rhetoric of Resistance: Exploring New Nationalisms and National Identities in the Free Thai Movement’s Radio Broadcasts (1941-45).” While in residence, Rebecca will examine the Library’s collection of Free Thai radio broadcast transcriptions, as well as the Cordell Hull papers, and the Library’s copies of the Bangkok Recorder (Thailand’s first English-language periodical.) She hopes her time at the Library will further her Ph.D work investigating the construction, reproduction, transformation, and subversion of the state-endorsed Thai national identity discourse.

Sarah Mainwaring, our second incoming Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the University of Warwick. During her residency, Sarah will conduct research on “Technology, Corporations and State Encryption Policy – The Governance Of Electronic Communication.” While in residence, Sarah will utilize the Library’s extensive records of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. She will also consult two manuscript collections: the George Fabyan papers and the William Odom papers. She hopes to use her time at the Library to further her Ph.D exploring the trajectory and evolution of encryption, a controversial technology that can render communications impenetrable to others.

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele, our incoming Kluge Fellow, arrived from Miami University. During her residency, Lindsay will research “The Statesman: Joel Roberts Poinsett and the Paradox of American Progress.” While in residence, Lindsay will examine the Library’s manuscript collection of Joel Roberts Poinsett’s papers. She hopes to use this collection to produce a book manuscript that provides the fullest examination of Poinsett to date. The different facets of his career will hopefully shine new light on the early republic period and provide scholars and students with tangible examples of the paradoxical nature of national development.

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


  1. I am very interested in Joel Roberts Poinsett and look forward to the outcomes of the research of Lindsay Schakenbach Regele. J. Herman Blake

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