Pulitzer Prize Winners

Elizabeth A. Fenn WF ’98, 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History: Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (photo: Eileen Barroso, Columbia University)

Frank Bidart WF ’62
2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016
Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and a professor of English • Wellesley CollegeDavid W. Del Tredici WF ’59
1980 Pulitzer Prize for Music: In Memory of a Summer Day
Distinguished Professor of Music • The City College of New York

Caroline M. Elkins MN ’94
2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction: Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya
Professor of History • Harvard University

Joseph J. Ellis, III WF ’65
2001 Pulitzer Prize for History: Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Professor Emeritus of History • Mount Holyoke College

Elizabeth A. Fenn WF ’98
2015 Pulitzer Prize for History: Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
Walter and Lucienne Driskill Professor and chair of the history department • University of Colorado, Boulder

Eric Foner WF H ’63
2011 Pulitzer Prize for History: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
DeWitt Clinton Professor of History • Columbia University

Doris Kearns Goodwin WF ’64
1995 Pulitzer Prize for History: No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

Stephen Greenblatt WF H ’64
2012 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Cogan University Professor of the Humanities • Harvard University

Robert Hass WF ’63
2008 Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry (one of two): Time and Materials
Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics • The University of California at Berkeley

Michael Kammen WF ’58, deceased
1973 Pulitzer Prize for History: People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization
Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture Emeritus • Cornell University

David I. Kertzer WF ’73
2015 Pulitzer Prize for Biography: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies • Brown UniversityCharles Krauthammer WF H ’70, deceased
Recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
The Washington Post Writers Group

Thomas K. McCraw WF ’70, deceased
1985 Pulitzer Prize for History: Prophets of Regulation
Isidor Straus Professor of Business History Emeritus • Harvard Business School

W. Caleb McDaniel MN ‘01
2019 Pulitzer Prize for History: Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America
Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Humanities, Professor of History • Rice University

James M. McPherson WF ’58
1989 Pulitzer Prize for History: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus • Princeton University

William Meredith  WF ’46, deceased
1988 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems
Chancellor • Academy of American Poets

Sharon Olds WF ’64
2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Stag’s Leap
Professor of English • New York University

Jack Rakove WF ’68
1997 Pulitzer Prize for History: Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
W.R. Coe Professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science • Stanford University

Robert B. Semple, Jr. WF ’59
1996 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing
Associate Editor • The New York Times Editorial Board

William Taubman WF ’62
2004 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography: Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus of Political Science • Amherst College

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich WS ’78
1991 Pulitzer Prize for History: A Midwife’s Tale
300th Anniversary University Professor • Harvard University

last updated April 2018

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