Professor Witte Named Maguire Chair at Library of Congress’ Kluge Center
Emory Law Professor John Witte Jr. has been appointed to the Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center.
Witte is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Distinguished Professor and director of Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He will serve as Maguire chair during summer and fall 2012.
The Cary and Ann Maguire Chair holder focuses on domestic American issues with emphasis on how law relates to ethics. The center studies the conduct of politics and government and examines the ethical dimension of leadership in religion, business, law, science and medicine. The ultimate goal is the use of ethical knowledge for the public good.
A prolific and distinguished author who specializes in legal history, marriage law and religious liberty, Witte also is a member of the Kluge Center’s Scholars Council. His most recent of 26 books is No Establishment of Religion: America’s Original Contribution to Religious Liberty, published this year by Oxford University Press.
While at the library this summer, Witte has worked on his upcoming book Why Two in One Flesh? The Western Case for Monogamy over Polygamy, which examines the evolution of the Western tradition of marriage and why current-day polygamy is prohibited.
In addition to many teaching and research awards, Witte has been selected 10 times by Emory Law students as the Most Outstanding Professor, most recently by the class of 2012.
Witte was appointed by the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. He received recommendations from the Kluge Center, which was established “to attract to Washington the best available minds in the scholarly world, facilitate their access to the Library's remarkable collection of the world's knowledge, and engage them in conversation with the U.S. Congress and other public figures.”