GEORGE ARMSTRONG KELLY PROFESSORSHIP
Established in 1988 by the estate of George Armstrong Kelly

GEORGE ARMSTRONG KELLY, one of the most distinguished political theorists and intellectual historians of the 20th century, was a visiting professor of humanities and political science at Hopkins from 1980 until his death in 1987 at the age of 55. Dr. Kelly had taught for many years at Harvard and Brandeis universities, chaired the Seminar in Political and Social Thought at Columbia University, and been a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. At Hopkins, he taught a wide range of courses in political theory and intellectual history, specializing in 18th- and 19th-century German and French thought. Among his many books are Idealism, Politics, and History: Hegel's Retreat from Eleusis and Lost Soldiers: The French Army and Empire in Crisis.

 

JANE I. GUYER, the George Armstrong Kelly Professor, earned her doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Rochester in New York and received her bachelor's degree in sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined The Johns Hopkins University faculty in 2002 as a professor in the Department of Anthropology, and added a secondary appointment in the Department of History in 2007. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, she spent seven years as director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University, and has also served on the faculties at Harvard University and Boston University.

Dr. Guyer's research has focused on material and economic life, with major emphasis on issues related to food, oil and money. Most recently, she is studying the financial institutions of small-scale farmers in western Nigeria and preparing studies of financial management in small-scale global trade and in small business in the United States. Up to now, she has devoted her research career to economic transformations in West Africa, particularly the productive economy, the gender division of labor and the management of money. Dr. Guyer's most recent book, Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa (2004), re-examines the anthropological and historical record on monetary transactions in Atlantic Africa. A series of recent papers entitled "Cultures of Monetarism," accessible on the Department of Anthropology website, considers new dynamics in 21st century economies. The author of numerous research articles and editor of many collected works, Dr. Guyer has also served on several national and international committees, including the International Advisory Group to the World Bank and the governments of Chad and Cameroon on the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project and the board of directors of the African Studies Association.

In 2008 she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences for her excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States. In 2009 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.