Klaus Milich Is Named Montgomery Fellows Program Director

Klaus Milich, a senior lecturer in Comparative Literature, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Jewish Studies, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, has been named director of the Montgomery Fellows Program, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

“Klaus brings a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the directorship, drawing not only on his scholarship, but also on time spent as an essayist, writer, and journalist for German Public Radio and experiences conceptualizing and organizing symposia and international conferences on a wide range of subjects,” says Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Denise Anthony in announcing Milich’s appointment.

“As director, Klaus will work closely with faculty, students, and staff to bring exceptional individuals in diverse fields and with unique perspectives to campus to enrich the academic experience,” Anthony says.

Milich, who previously taught at Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Minnesota, and Keele University in Great Britain, says he is excited about the opportunity to bring leading scholars, artists, and thinkers to Dartmouth.


Klaus Milich, center, says he is excited about the opportunity to bring leading scholars, artists, and thinkers to Dartmouth. (Photo courtesy of Klaus Milich)

“Dartmouth’s interdisciplinary and international environment, with so many excellent students and scholars from all over the world, makes the directorship of the Montgomery Fellows Program exciting and challenging at the same time,” Milich says.

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“I am really looking forward to working with our students, faculty, staff, and the steering committee of the program to bring the most distinguished scholars, public intellectuals, and eminent artists to campus.” 

The Montgomery Fellows Program supports short-term and long-term visits from thought leaders “capable of achieving an important and broad impact educationally,” Anthony says. Members of the College community are encouraged to nominate individuals to be Montgomery Fellows.

Members of the Montgomery Fellows Program director search committee included Jon Kull, the Rodgers Professor of chemistry and dean of graduate studies; Robyn Millan, associate professor of physics and astronomy; Graziella Parati, the Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Language and Literature and director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities; Mark Williams, associate professor of film and media studies; and Assistant Provost Mary-Ella Zietz.

The Montgomery endowment, which invites exceptional individuals to the College to live, work, and share their perspectives as members of the community, was established in 1977 through a gift of Kenneth ’25 and Harle Montgomery.