Communication professor and holder of the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology & Society Manuel Castells was named the Kluge Chair in Technology and Society at the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center.
According to a Library of Congress press release, Castells will use the Library’s collections to research Europe's currency crisis for a forthcoming book.
Earlier this year, professor Castells was awarded Norway’s 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize, a $775,000 accolade that recognizes outstanding scholarly work in arts and humanities, social science, law and theology. He is the most cited communication scholar in the world.
Castells’ expertise in communications has earned him, among other distinguished awards, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the C. Wright Mills Award from the American Society for the Study of Social Problems, Spain’s National Prize of Sociology and Political Science, the Eramus Medal of Science from the Academia Aeuropea, the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association for his lifelong contribution to community and urban sociology, and the Oxford Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. He has served as a member of the Library of Congress' Scholars Council since 2010.
Through an endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington.