Jacqueline Jones named a Finalist for Pulitzer in History
Posted: April 15, 2014
Prof. Jacqueline Jones. Photo by Marsha Miller
Professor Jaqueline Jones was named a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History for her book A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America (Alan Taylor won). Professor Alan Tully, Chair of the History Department, announced the news to the department, saying "Please join with me in extending to Jackie the kind of emphatic congratulations this recognition deserves."
Published earlier this month by Basic Books, A Dreadful Deceit was been named Best of 2013 by both Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly.
Professor Jones was also interviewed by U.S. News and World Report ("The Myth of Race in the Age of President Barack Obama Race is not real, but the consequences of believing in it are real," Dec. 19), and has appeared on two NPR programs, including Weekend Edition Sunday ("Tackling Race Head-On To Expose A 'Dreadful Deceit'," on Dec. 8) and The Takeaway ("The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences," on Dec. 10). Also in December, Jones' new work was named Book of the Week by Salon (“Dreadful Deceit”: Race is a myth: A historian argues that one of the defining elements of American culture is merely a "social fiction"). Salon subsequently published an excerpt from the book, which can be read at this link.
The following month, the Institute for Historical Studies hosted a book discussion with Professor Jones, drawing a record audience of faculty, graduate students from across the College of Liberal Arts, as well as member of the community.
The Daily Texan published an interview Dr. Jones shortly after the announcement of the 2014 Pulitzer prizes.
Jacqueline Jones is Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. Winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Bancroft Prize for American History, among many other awards and distinctions, she has authored Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow (published in 1985 by Basic Books, and now in its second edition) and Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War (Vintage, 2009).