Brandeis Anthropology PhD alum David I. Kertzer (PhD, 1974) receives the 2015 Pullitzer Prize for Biography-AutobiographyApril 22nd, 2015
Brandeis Anthropology PhD alum David I. Kertzer (PhD, 1974) has just received the 2015 Pullitzer Prize for Biography-Autobiography for his The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and The Rise of Fascism in Europe. Judges cited the book as “an engrossing dual biography that uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms.” http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2015-Biography-or-Autobiography
Currently a professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University, Kertzer was appointed Provost in 2006, serving in that role until 2011. Kertzer founded and directed the Anthropological Demography program. He was also founding director of the Politics, Culture, and Identity research program of the Watson Institute for International Studies. A Brown alumnus (A.B., 1969), Kertzer received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1974.
In an introduction written especially for the Brandeis Magazine (Winter 2014), David Kertzer describes how he came to his galvanizing topic: http://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2014/winter/featured-stories/pope.html