For Leah Klement, an appointment as Caltech’s Anne Rothenberg Postdoctoral Instructor in the Humanities proved to be a twofer.
On campus, she joined an extraordinary scholarly community in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences. As a bonus, she has access to an unparalleled collection of primary sources at the nearby Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, a partner with the Institute through the Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations.
“To have a world-leading research library with collections in medieval British literature down the street is pretty amazing,” Klement says.
Klement explores literature and historical chronicles to understand how people encounter and address social differences, particularly in times of civil war. The relevance of this research grows in a time when deep political divisions in the United States and overseas regularly sow chaos.
The instructorship that supports Klement’s work was created through a Break Through campaign gift from Anne Rothenberg and her late husband, Caltech trustee James Rothenberg.
Says Klement: “These endowed postdoctoral positions are critical not only in supporting up-and-coming scholars, but also in confirming Caltech’s interest in both teaching the humanities and developing innovation in the humanities.”