Visiting fellows are appointed by the institute's director on the advice of the organizing fellows. Appointment lengths vary based on project needs and the fellows' availability. Visiting fellows participate in public events and in weekly meetings, working closely with faculty and student fellows. The Kahn Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the selection committees for the Kennedy and Neilson visiting professorships, encourages faculty to design proposals that include prospective Kennedy or Neilson professors.
Kahn senior fellows are appointed by Smith's provost/dean of the faculty on the advice of the institute's director. These distinguished fellowships allow faculty members to pursue opportunities stemming from their yearlong Kahn project. To qualify for a Kahn senior fellowship, you must be a senior member of the faculty or recent emeritus and have been an organizing fellow of a Kahn project.
Current Senior Fellows:
Lester Little, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Founding Committe Member and Dwight W. Morrow Professor Emeritus of History
Lester Little is a former director of the American Academy in Rome, a past president of the Medieval Academy of America, and also a past president of the International Union of Institutes of Archaeology, Art History and History in Rome. From 2000 to 2005 he served on the board of directors of the Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange between Italy and the United States.
A specialist in the social history of religion and religious movements in the European Middle Ages, his principal publications include: Nature, Man and Society: New Theological Perspectives in the Latin West; Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe; Liberty, Charity, Fraternity: Lay Religious Confraternities at Bergamo in the Age of the Commune; Benedictine Maledictions: Liturgical Cursing in Romanesque France; with Barbara H. Rosenwein, Debating the Middle Ages: Issues and Readings; and, most recently, Plague and the End of Antiquity: The Pandemic of 541-750.
Peter Pufall, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Donald Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor Emeritus of Government and American Studies
Donald Robinson holds degrees from Yale, Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Cornell. His academic research and teaching focus on American constitutional development. He is the author of Slavery in the Structure of American Politics, 1765–1820; To the Best of My Ability: The Presidency and the Constitution; and for the Committee on the Constitutional System, he edited Reforming American Government and wrote Government for the Third American Century. With Professor Ray Moore of Amherst College, Robinson co-edited The Constitution of Japan: A Documentary History of Its Framing and Adoption, 1945–1947. In 2002, he and Professor Moore published Partners for Democracy: Creating the New Japanese State Under MacArthur, a study of the framing of Japan's postwar constitution.
From 1983 until 1990, Robinson was director of research for the Committee on the Constitutional System. He was an adviser to and a panelist for the seven-part PBS program "The Presidency and the Constitution." In 1983 he appeared in a series of programs on PBS titled "The Constitution: That Delicate Balance." He also was a consultant to The Ford Foundation on comparative constitutionalism and lectured widely on the Constitution in Israel, Japan, China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, among other places. He writes a regular column, "At Large," for the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton.
Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, and Organizing Fellow, The Anatomy of Exile, 2000–01
Peter Rose came to Smith in 1960 and retired in 2003. Over the years he also served as a visiting professor at Clark, Wesleyan, the University of Colorado, UCLA, Yale and Harvard, and as a Fulbright professor in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Austria and the Netherlands. He is the author of They and We: Racial and Ethnic Relations in the United States; The Subject Is Race; Strangers In Their Midst; Mainstream and Margins; Temptest-Tost: Race, Immigration, and the Dilemmas of Diversity; and Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space. He also was the editor of a number of volumes on race, ethnicity, immigration and refugee policy, including The Dispossessed: An Anatomy of Exile, a collaborative work resulting from the Kahn project on exile.
Marjorie Senechal, Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita of Math & History of Science, Mathematics & Statistics; Founding Director (1998–2005) of the Kahn Institute; Organizing Fellow, Visual Languages (2004–2005) and A Festival of Disorder (2008–2009)
Marjorie Senechal is the author or editor of 12 books, including Shaping Space: Exploring Polyhedra in Nature, Art, and the Geometrical Imagination; Quasicrystals and Geometry; American Silk, 1830–1930: Entrepreneurs and Artifacts; Long Life To Your Children: A Portrait of High Albania; and, most recently, I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science. She was a founding member of the board of directors of the Washington-based Civilian Research and Development Foundation (now CRDF Global), which promotes and facilitates international scientific cooperation, and was co-chair of the Russian-American Governing Council of its program Basic Research and Higher Education. Marjorie directed the Northampton Silk Project (1998–2003) and is the editor-in-chief of the international quarterly The Mathematical Intelligencer.
Richard Unsworth, Professor Emeritus of Religion, College Chaplain, Retired; Organizing Fellow, Ecologies of Childhood (1998–99)
Richard Unsworth holds a bachelor's degree from Yale Divinity School and a master of theology degree from Harvard Divinity School. He served as dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation and professor of religion at Dartmouth College, president and headmaster of Northfield Mount Hermon School, trustee of Mount Holyoke College and member of the Overseers Committee to Visit the Divinity School at Harvard University.
The Kahn Institute was one of 15 humanities centers and institutes that participated in the now defunct Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation postdoctoral fellowship program in the humanities. We are now in the early planning stages of developing our own external postdoctoral fellowship program.