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Distinguished Visiting Scholars are senior scholars invited by the Librarian of Congress to be in residence at The John W. Kluge Center and make use of the Library's unparalleled collections. Senior scholars offer a dispassionate and seasoned perspective to the intellectual life of Washington, D.C., and bring both philosophical depth and historical perspective to their research. Scholars are appointed by the Librarian of Congress.

Past Scholars

Peter Brooks - 2016

Peter Brooks

The Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University and the Andrew W. Mellon Scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, at the Kluge Center Brooks researched a book project tentatively titled, "Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris," exploring the genre of the novel in relation to history and politics. Read announcement

Sreten Ugričić - 2015

Sreten Ugričić

Author and former director of the National Library of Serbia as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Ugričić will research his current book project, tentatively titled "At Home Abroad." Read announcement

Jane McAuliffe - 2013

Jane McAuliffe

Qur’anic scholar and past president of Bryn Mawr College, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center McAuliffe researched a multi-phase publishing project that seeks to make the Quran more accessible and comprehensible to those unfamiliar with it. Read announcement

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson - 2012

Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Reverend Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary of the Reformed Church in America, researched "How Will the Growth of the Non-Western Church Shape the Future of World Christianity and the Quest for Christian Unity?" as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center. Read announcement

Joan Halifax - 2011

Joan Halifax

Zen Buddhist roshi and founder / abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Halifax researched "Buddhism in America" and wrote the article: "A Heuristic Model of Enactive Compassion" (Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 2012). Read announcement

Ricardo V. Luna - 2011

Ricardo Luna

Former Peruvian Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Luna researched "The Persistence of the Inter-American Ideal, 1800 to 2000." Read announcement

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick - 2011

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick

American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and former Archbishop of Washington, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center McCarrick researched "The role of religion in diplomacy: Responsibilities of religious leaders to work for peace and to care for the world's poor." Read announcement

Adeeb Khalid - 2010

Adeeb Khalid

A historian with expertise in Central Asia, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Khalid researched "Between empire and revolution: Soviet Central Asia, 1917-1932." Read announcement

Jurgen Kocka - 2010

Jurgen Kocka

Historian and former president of the Social Science Research Council (Berlin), as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Khalid researched "Sociology and German history." 

Roger White - 2010

Economist and associate director for research for Congressional Research Services, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, White researched an analytical framework for policy research.

John Witte, Jr.- 2010

John Witte, Jr.

Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Witte researched "Church and state relations." Read announcement

Maroun Aouad - 2009

Director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, as a as a scholar in residence at The John W. Kluge Center Aouad researched “Arab Medieval Philosophers' Doctrines on War”

Marie Arana - 2009

Marie Arana

Arana is a writer-at-large for the Washington Post, and former editor-in-chief of Book World, the literary review section of the Washington Post. As a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, she researched "The life of Simon Bolivar." Read announcement

Genaro Arriagada - 2009

A political scientist and South American politician, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center he researched energy policy issues in the Western hemisphere.

K.S. Shankar Bajpai - 2009

An Indian academic-analyst and expert on Indo-China relations, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center he researched the origin and evolution of Indo-American relations. Read announcement

David Christian - 2009

David Christian

American historian and scholar of Russian history, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Christian researched "Inner Eurasia and collective learning." Read announcement

Abdolkarim Soroush - 2009

Abdolkarim Soroush

Rumi scholar and Iranian philosopher, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Soroush researched "Contextualizing and historicizing Islamic philosophy." Read announcement

Jeffrey Alexander - 2008

Jeffrey Alexander

The Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at Yale University, and scholar of cultural sociology, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Alexander researched performative aspects of U.S. presidential campaigns. Read announcement

Jenna Weissman Joselit - 2007

Jenna Weissman Joselit

A historian who specializes in the history and culture of America’s Jews and in U.S. cultural history, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Joselit researched the variety of cultural forms in which the Ten Commandments appear in American culture. Read announcement.

Hon. Major R. Owens - 2007

Major Owens

Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 11th Congressional District of New York, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Owens researched a history of the Congressional Black Caucus. Read announcement

Andrew Graham - 2006

Andrew Graham
Political Economist and former Master of Balliol College, Oxford, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Graham researched "Radio, TV and a Viable Internet Business Model."

Jin Wu - 2006

Jin Wu
Former Education Minister for Taiwan, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Wu researched "Zheng He, the Chinese Mariner." Read announcement

Mohammed Arkoun - 2005

A scholar of Islamic studies and Islamic thought, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Arkoun researched “Islamic Studies.”

Francis Mading Deng - 2005

Francis Mading Deng

Politician and South Sudanese diplomat, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Deng researched "Somalia: North and South." Read announcement

Alastair Horne - 2005

Journalist and European historian, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Horne researched the Henry Kissinger papers.

George Saliba - 2005

George Saliba

Historian of Arabic and Islamic Science, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Saliba researched "Development of scientific ideas from late antiquity to early modern times with a special focus on the various planetary theories that were developed within Islamic science and the impact these theories had on early European astronomy." Read announcement

Patricia Sullivan - 2005

Patricia Sullivan

Noted historian with an emphasis on African American history, race relations, and the history of the Civil Rights Movement, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Sullivan researched "Struggle toward freedom: a history of the NAACP." 

Fernando Henrique Cardoso - 2004

Fernando Henrique Cardoso

A noted Economic Sociologist and former President of Brazil, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Cardoso researched "Socio-political Aspects of Contemporary Brazil." 

Ruth Cardoso - 2004

Ruth Cardoso
Anthropologist and former first lady of Brazil, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Cardoso researched "Socio-political Aspects of Contemporary Brazil."

Menahem Schmelzer - 2004

Menahem Schmelzer

Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature and Jewish Bibliography at The Jewish Theological Seminary, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Schmelzer researched "The interrelationship between Jewish and non-Jewish printers and publishers in 18th century Germany." Read announcement

James Turner - 2004

James Turner

Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Turner researched "American and British intellectual history with respect to the history of academic knowledge and higher education." 

Yury Afanasiev - 2003

A historian, founder of the Russian State University for the Humanities and Honorary President of the Russian State University, as a a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Afanasiev researched "Old and new drives in Russian foreign policy."

Michael Stone - 2003

Michael Stone

Professor Emeritus of Armenian Studies and of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Stone researched "The 'Adamagirk' ('Book of Adam'), written by Arakel of Siwnik." 

Robert L. Carter - 2002

Robert Carter

American Civil Rights activist and United States District Judge, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Carter wrote "Memoirs." 

Robert Remini - 2002

Robert Remini

Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and former historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center Remini wrote his "History of the U.S. House of Representatives." 

John Hope Franklin - 2001

John Hope Franklin

American historian and awardee of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as a distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center, Franklin wrote his memoir.