Gallery of MIT Pulitzer Prize Recipients
School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences


2016 marked the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes, given each year for works of distinguished excellence in the genres of journalism, letters, drama, and music. MIT SHASS is pleased to present a gallery of the Institute's Pultizer Prize recipients. Members of our community have been awarded Putlizer Prizes for fiction, music, journalism, and history.



2008 | Junot Díaz
Professor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing


MIT professor Junot Dí­az, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his acclaimed debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, just one month after receiving the National Book Critics Circle Award for best novel of 2007.

MIT News story

Díaz's website



2000 | John Dower
Professor Emeritus, History


"John Dower is an historian of the highest caliber who has rightly earned nearly every major prize for Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II," said Philip S. Khoury, Professor of History. Embracing Defeat also received the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

MIT News story

Dower's website



1992 | Deborah Blum
Director, Knight Science Journalism Program


For more than 15 years Blum worked as a newspaper science reporter, mainly at The Sacramento Bee, where she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her reporting on ethical issues in primate research.

MIT News story

Blum's website



1987 | John H. Harbison
Institute Professor, Music and Theater Arts


"I write for churches quite a bit, and that's something not central to composers today,” Harbison told the Los Angeles Times in 1987. “The piece is not part of the mainstream, so I'm very happy to have it recognized."

Story at the Los Angeles Times

Harbison's website




1984 | B.D. Colen
Lecturer, Comparative Media Studies/Writing


Writer and photographer B.D. Colen spent 27 years at The Washington Post and Newsday, and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for Newsday's “Baby Jane Doe” series. He pioneered the coverage of bioethics in the mainstream media.

Boston Magazine interview

Colen's website







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