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Two WW Fellows named recipients of 2015 Pulitzer Prizes

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This year’s newly announced Pulitzer Prizes include two for Fellows from different Woodrow Wilson Foundation programs. David I. Kertzer, a 1973 Woodrow Wilson Fellow, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, and Elizabeth A. Fenn, a 1998 Newcombe Fellow, has received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Dr. Kertzer is Dupee University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, as well as the university’s former Provost. The Pulitzer jury cited his 2014 The Pope and Mussolini as “an engrossing dual biography.” The book explores the previously unknown role played by Pope Pius XI in the Fascist Party’s evolution.

Encounters at the Heart of the World, Dr. Fenn’s groundbreaking history of the Mandan people of the northern Plains, offers an “original narrative,” according to the jury, about a thriving civilization previously little documented by scholars. Dr. Fenn is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Colorado.

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is happy to congratulate both new Pulitzer Prize winners, who bring the total number of Pulitzers among WW’s more than 22,000 Fellows to 18.


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