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Kluge Center Welcomes New Chairs in Residence

Four scholars holding chair positions at the Kluge Center began their terms in residence in September 2021. These positions are filled by invitation of the Librarian of Congress and scholars enjoy individual offices in the Jefferson Building, where they engage in writing and research and interact with other scholars in residence. Keep reading to get to know more about them and their work.

Valentine M. Moghadam is Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South, as well as Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University, Boston. In addition to her academic career, Moghadam has been Coordinator of the Research Program on Women and Development at the UNU’s WIDER Institute and a section chief for gender equality and development, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector. Moghadam is author of “Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East”; “Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks”, which won the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck award for best book on women and politics for 2005; and “Globalization and Social Movements: The Populist Challenge and Democratic Alternatives.” Moghadam will work on the project “Varieties of Feminisms in the Middle East and North Africa” at the Kluge Center.

Tom Mullaney is the Kluge Chair in Technology and Society at the Library of Congress.  He a professor of Chinese history of Stanford University and a Guggenheim fellow. Mullaney is the author or lead editor of six books, including “The Chinese Typewriter,” “Your Computer is on Fire,” and the forthcoming “The Chinese Computer”—the first comprehensive history of Chinese-language computing. Mullaney is Curator of the international exhibition, “Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age.”  At the Kluge Center, he will work on “Global Futures of Computing, New Media, and Information Technology.”

Barbara E. Mundy is Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas. Mundy is an art historian whose scholarship dwells in 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, and serves on the editorial board of Estudios de cultura náhuatl. Mundy is also the incoming president of the American Society for Ethnohistory.  Her most recent book, “The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City,” draws on Indigenous texts and representations to counter a colonialist historiography and to argue for the city’s nature as an Indigenous city through the sixteenth century. With Dana Leibsohn, she is the creator of Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820. Her project at the Kluge Center is titled “Indigenous Artists and European Book Culture, 1540-1600.”

Sean Theriault is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center. Theriault, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas, is fascinated by congressional decision-making. He has published five books: “Congress: The First Branch,” “The Great Broadening” (with Bryan Jones and Michelle Whyman), “The Gingrich Senators”, “Party Polarization in Congress”, and “The Power of the People.” Theriault, whose classes cover topics including the US Congress, congressional elections, party polarization in the United States, and the politics of the Catholic Church, has won a number of prestigious teaching awards on campus. Theriault obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2001. At the Kluge Center, he will work on a project titled “Contempt in Congress.”


Thérèse Bonney: Curator, Photographer, Syndicator, Spy

This is a guest post by Kluge Center Research Assistant Sophia Zahner, an interview with 2021 Kluge Fellow Caroline Riley. Riley is also a Research Associate at the University of California, Davis. Sophia Zahner: How did you become interested in the photography of Thérèse Bonney? How does it relate to your other research projects? Caroline […]

Pillars of Democracy: Rebuilding America’s Trust in the Presidency

For decades America’s civic and governmental institutions have lost the trust of the people, and sometimes even come under direct attack. Commentators offer various explanations for what has happened. Many point to a loss of faith in authority figures beginning with the Vietnam War and the corruption of Watergate, and the movement in the 1960s […]

Watch Now to Learn About the Movements Shaping American Democracy

The John W. Kluge Center and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University are proud to release Social Movements and American Democracy in the 21st Century, a discussion moderated by Theda Skocpol and featuring panelists Hahrie Han, Dana Fisher, and Leah Wright Rigueur. Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at […]

Our Common Purpose: The Complete Collection

In June 2020, the Kluge Center announced Danielle Allen as the winner of the Kluge Prize, launching the Our Common Purpose Campaign for Civic Strength at the Library of Congress. Allen hosted a series of exciting conversations at the Library to explore the nation’s civic life and ways that people from all political beliefs and […]

Nahuatl Passion Plays in the Colonial Era: An Interview With Louise Burkhart

Louise M. Burkhart is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Albany as well as Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas at the John W. Kluge Center. Andrew Breiner: Could you start by telling me a little about your background and […]

Watch: Scientist Ainissa Ramirez on How Materials Shape Us

On April 22 the Kluge Center released a Kluge Book Conversation with materials scientist and writer Ainissa Ramirez, author of “The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another.” In it, Ramirez examines eight inventions that introduced major changes to the way people live. The Kluge Center’s Dan Turello interviewed Ramirez on her […]

Why Reforming Electoral Institutions Might Be the Best Way to Change Policymaking

On April 15, the John W. Kluge Center held its second event in the Our Common Purpose Series with Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen. How Political Institutions Shape Outcomes and How We Might Reform Them convened a panel of experts on the ways that electoral decision-making systems can encourage some outcomes over others. They also […]

Our Common Purpose: Second Event Looks at Reforming Electoral Institutions

At any point in time we might look at our political institutions – Congress, the presidency, the courts, elections, etc. – and see them as static, impervious to change in the larger social or cultural environment. In fact, that perception is wrong. Our political institutions evolve just as the larger culture does. As the nation’s […]

Announcing a Single Consolidated Deadline for Our Endowed Fellowship Programs

The Kluge Center is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our endowed fellowship programs at the Library of Congress. The Center offers residential fellowships to scholars and thought leaders to make use of the Library’s vast collections and digital resources. This year, four of our programs will have a new consolidated […]