Greg Grandin named as Woodward Professor of History

A Yale historian, Grandin won a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for his book "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America.”
Greg Grandin
Greg Grandin

Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar Greg Grandin has been appointed as the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Grandin, who holds a Ph.D. from Yale (1999), won a 2020 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for his book “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America” (Metropolitan Books). The book explores the meaning of the frontier from the American Revolution to the presidential election of 2016. It was also a finalist for both the Pulitzer’s history category this year and the 2019 National Book Award.

The Yale professor is the author of seven books. His “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City” was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of “The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World,” which won the Bancroft and Beveridge prizes in American history and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in the United Kingdom. His first book, “The Blood of Guatemala,” won the Latin American Studies Association’s Bryce Wood Award for best book published on Latin American in any discipline.

Grandin has co-edited, with Gil Joseph, “A Century of Revolution,” and, with Deborah Levenson and Elizabeth Oglesby, “The Guatemala Reader.” He has published widely in The New York Times, Harper’s, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Hispanic American Historical Review, and The American Historical Review, among other places,.

A graduate of Brooklyn College at the City University of New York, Grandin studied for his Yale doctorate studied under historian Emilia Viotti da Costa. He joined the Yale faculty in the fall of 2019, having previously taught at New York University.

Grandin is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians.  

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