Outstanding Alumna Award
GAIL CALDWELL, chief book critic at The Boston Globe and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, received her master's degree in American Civilization from The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. Ms. Caldwell has been a member of The Boston Globe staff since 1985, serving as staff writer, book editor, and chief book critic. Her reviews and essays also have appeared in the Village Voice, the Washington Post, the Atlanta-Constitution, and other publications.
Prior to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2001, Ms. Caldwell was a finalist for the award in 1993, 1996, and 1999. She also has been a finalist in criticism for the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award and has served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and as a nominator for the Irish Times Fiction Prize. The citation on her Pulitzer Prize reads, "For her insightful observations on contemporary life and literature."
Ms. Caldwell received her bachelor of arts degree in American Studies from UT in 1978 and was an instructor at the university in 1980-81 after receiving her master's degree. She is a native of Amarillo, Texas.
The Graduate School has awarded the Gail Caldwell Fellowship for 2002-2003 to Allison Perlman, a doctoral student in American Studies.