The Kluge Center welcomed several new scholars into residence in July.
Kate Grady, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow, arrived from the SOAS University of London to work on her project, “Reappraising the Oil-For-Food Scandal.” She will look at materials used in and generated by the US Congress and Government Accountability Office investigations into the Oil For Food Program. She plans to research the legal and political aspects of accountability of UN actors in conflict and post-conflict states, and the legal legacies of the 2003 war in Iraq.
Monica Henry-Leibovich, a French Association for American Studies (AFEA) fellow, arrived from Université Paris-Est Créteil to conduct research on “The Papers of William Short.” She will examine the William Short collection in the Manuscript Division, advancing her project of digitizing and editing this collection. She hopes the project will show how Short’s diplomatic, business, and philanthropic activities fit in the larger context of the history of the early republic.
John Paul Nuno, a Kluge Fellow, arrived from California State University, Northridge to research a project titled “The Wild Ones: Contesting and Negotiating Power in the Florida Borderlands, 1763-1842.” He will work in several manuscript collections, including the British Colonial Office Papers, the East Florida Papers, the Collection of Florida History: Documents & Letters, 1822-1892, and collections related to Territorial Florida and the Second Seminole War. He hopes to develop a borderlands perspective on early Floridian history that does not privilege Euro-American actors, but emphasizes native concepts of territoriality and space.
Joseph Ross, an AHRC Fellow, arrived from Newcastle University. Joseph will research “The American Civil War in the Age of the Taiping Rebellion: How did the Taiping Rebellion Shape American Ideas about their own Society?” He will utilize several collections within the Manuscript Division, including manuscripts from diplomatic figures, missionaries, merchants, mercenaries, and American sailors involved in expeditions to China. He hopes to build evidence for his hypothesis that the American Civil War should not be understood in isolation, but rather as a series of global wars of reunification or unification in both the Atlantic and Pacific worlds.
James Wallner, a Kluge Fellow, arrived from American University to work on his project, “American Socrates: James Madison and the Virtue of Conflict.” James will search through the papers of the Founding Father generation, including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and many others, as well as letters between delegates of the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention. He hopes to advance the notion that there is virtue to political conflict and the role it plays in politics in republics.
Check back next month for more arriving scholars. Click here for the full list of scholars currently in residence.