PEN America Literary Awards
Seven academics were among the winners of the top 2017 PEN America Literary Awards, which carry cash awards as high as $75,000.
Simon Armitage, a professor of English at the University of Sheffield, in Britain, won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his translation from Middle English of the book Pearl (W.W. Norton & Company).
Matthew Desmond, an associate professor of the social sciences at Harvard University, won the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown).
Joe Jackson, a professor of creative writing at Old Dominion University, was awarded the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography for his book Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux).
Hisham Matar, an associate professor of English at Barnard College, won the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award for The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Random House).
Tarell Alvin McCraney, who has been appointed chair of the department of playwriting at Yale University’s School of Drama beginning in July, won the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for an American playwright in midcareer.
Suzan-Lori Parks, an arts professor at New York University, won the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a master American dramatist.
Rion Amilcar Scott, a lecturer in English and modern languages at Bowie State University, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction for his short-story collection Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky).
Six current academics were among the seven people who won 2017 Pulitzer Prizes in the categories of letters, drama, and music.
Matthew Desmond, an associate professor of the social sciences at Harvard University, won in general nonfiction for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown).
Tyehimba Jess, an associate professor of English at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, won in poetry for Olio (Wave Books).
Lynn Nottage, an associate professor of theater at Columbia University, won in drama for her play Sweat.
Heather Ann Thompson, a professor of history and of Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, won in history for her book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon).
Hisham Matar, an associate professor of English at Barnard College, won in biography or autobiography for his book The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Random House).
Du Yan, a lecturer in the School of Arts at the State University of New York College at Purchase, won in music for her operatic work Angel’s Bone.
Barbara Engebretsen, a professor of exercise physiology and of public and global health at Wayne State College, received a Fulbright Global Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to support her efforts to help high-school students in Ethiopia, Nepal, and Nebraska understand hypertension so they can screen and teach people in their communities.
Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College, in Orlando, Fla., is the recipient of the 2017 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in U.S. Higher Education for his efforts to improve graduation rates among students and to help Hispanic students succeed.
Fourteen scholars were chosen as 2017 American Educational Research Association Fellows.
Randy Bennett, a research chair in assessment innovation at the Educational Testing Service.
Angela Calabrese Barton, a professor of teacher education at Michigan State University.
Jere Confrey, a professor of mathematics education at North Carolina State University.
Stephen DesJardins, a professor of education and public policy at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Pamela Grossman, dean of the Graduate School of Education and a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shaun Harper, executive director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education and a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carolyn Heinrich, a professor of education, public policy, and economics at Vanderbilt University.
Tyrone Howard, associate dean of equity and inclusion in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and a professor of education at the University of California at Los Angeles.
R. Malatesha Joshi, a professor of teaching, learning, and culture at Texas A&M University at College Station.
Jonathan Plucker, a professor of talent development at the Johns Hopkins University.
Linda Reddy, a professor in the school-psychology doctoral program at Rutgers University at New Brunswick.
Guillermo Solano-Flores, a professor of education at Stanford University.
Sheila Valencia, a professor of language, literacy, and culture at the University of Washington.
Suzanne M. Wilson, a professor of teacher education at the University of Connecticut.
The eight scholars chosen for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for 2017-18 are listed below, along with their project titles.
Vivek Bald, an associate professor of comparative media studies and writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "In Search of Bengali Harlem."
Eleanor Harrison-Buck, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, "A Kriol Public History Museum in Belize."
Justin Leidwanger, an assistant professor of classics at Stanford University, "Five Boats: Snapshots of Mediterranean Connections."
Elias Muhanna, an assistant professor of comparative literature at Brown University, "The Language of Paradise: Arabic’s Past, Present, and Future."
Michael Pasquier, an associate professor of religious studies and history at Louisiana State University, "Coastal Voices."
Micah Pawling, an assistant professor of Native American studies and history at the University of Maine, "The Sabattis Tomah Project."
Jodi Skipper, an assistant professor of anthropology and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi, "Beyond the Big House: Interpreting Slavery in Local Communities."
Tomás Summers Sandoval Jr., an associate professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at Pomona College, "Vietnam Veteranos: Latino Testimonies of the War."