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A professor nabs a Pulitzer Prize.

Sarah Shatz

Sarah Shatz

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If history departments had trophy cases, Yale’s would be nicely decorated: Professor Greg Grandin ’99PhD was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction in May, making him the third current history faculty member to win a Pulitzer. (The others are John Lewis Gaddis and last year’s winner, David Blight.) Grandin was honored for his book The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. The judges called it “a sweeping and beautifully written book that probes the American myth of boundless expansion and provides a compelling context for thinking about the current political moment.” Not to be overlooked: alumnus Anthony Davis ’73 also won a Pulitzer, for his opera The Central Park Five.

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