Julie Thompson Klein is Professor of Humanities Emerita in the English Department at Wayne State University (USA) and an International Research Affiliate in the Environmental Systems Science Department at ETH-Zurich (Switzerland). She has also been a Visiting Foreign Professor in Japan, a Fulbright Professor in Nepal, a Foundation Visitor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, a Mellon Fellow and Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Michigan, and a Distinguished Women’s Scholar in residence at the University of Victoria in Canada. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon and is a past president of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) and editor of its journal. Her authored and (co) edited books include Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, and Practice (1990), Interdisciplinary Studies Today (1994), Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities (1996), Interdisciplinary Education in K-12 and College (2002), Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity (2005), Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures (2010), and Interdisciplining Digital Humanities (2015). She was also Associate Editor of The Oxford Handbook on Interdisciplinarity (2010, 2017). Her forthcoming book is entitled ‘Beyond Interdisciplinarity: Boundary Work, Communication, and Collaboration in the 21st Century.’ She consults widely throughout North America, and has spoken on interdisciplinarity throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, New Zealand and Australia. In addition, she has also advised federal agencies on interdisciplinary research and education while serving on national task forces. Her accomplishments have been recognised in numerous honours, including the Kenneth Boulding Award for outstanding scholarship, Yamamoorthy & Yeh Distinguished Transdisciplinary Achievement Award, and the Science of Team Science Recognition Award. Her work is also the focus of a forthcoming special edition of the AIS journal, on ‘Engaging and Extending the Work of Julie Thompson Klein.’
Sadly, Professor Klein passed away in January of 2023. She is dearly missed by the SHAPE-ID community.