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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 the Wired Humanities Projects at the University of Oregon. Prior to this position, Wood was adjunct faculty in Latin American History at the University of Oregon. From 1984 until 1989, Wood was the Assistant Professor in Latin American History and U.S. History at the University of Maine.

Wood is the author of one monograph, dozens of articles, and co-editor of five anthologies. Her monograph is titled “Transcending Conquest: Nahua Views of Spanish Colonial Mexico” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003). She was the Principal Investigator of the NEH-funded Mapas Project (2006–2008), an online collection of indigenous-authored pictorial manuscripts from New Spain, and the online Nahuatl Dictionary (NEH-NSF, 2008–2012). She is currently expanding the Early Nahuatl Library of alphabetic manuscripts. She has directed five NEH-funded Summer Institutes for U.S. school teachers, titled “Mesoamerican Cultures and their Histories,” one held in Oregon and four in Mexico (the latest in 2015).

Wood holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scholar Spotlight: Carla Freeman and Sarah Smeed on the Women Who Have Inspired Them

Women have made incredible strides forward in academia. In 2018, 53% of the 79,000 doctoral degrees in the United States were awarded to women. That said, women still face unique challenges when faced with life after the Ph.D. During March, which is Women’s History Month, the Library, in partnership with the National Archives and Records […]

Seminoles: Power Brokers in the Florida Borderlands

When I found out that Kluge Fellow John Paul Nuño, who is an Associate Professor of History at California State University, Northridge, was using a borderlands framework to inform his research on socio-political processes affecting Americans Indians, I wanted to learn more about his topic and methodology. In November, which was Native American History Month, […]