Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program

Alan Taylor, University of Virginia

Alan Taylor is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History, in both 1996 and 2014, for William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic and The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. He is the author of six other books on North American borderlands, Native American history, colonial and revolutionary America, and the early United States. Taylor’s numerous book awards include the Bancroft Prize, the Beveridge Award, and the Cox Book Prize. His current project, Thomas Jefferson’s Education, examines the social and political context for education in Virginia from the 1750s to the 1820s and highlights the revolution’s separation of church and state in fundamentally altering political culture and educational expectations in Virginia. Before assuming the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair at the University of Virginia in 2014, Taylor was a long-time faculty member at the University of California at Davis, where he won multiple teaching awards. He served for a dozen years as faculty adviser to the California State Social Science and History Project, which provides professional development and curriculum support for K-12 teachers.


Established on the occasion of Reed's centennial with a gift from Dan Greenberg ’62 and his wife and philanthropic partner Susan Steinhauser, the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program aims to bring visiting scholars to campus to support the work of students and provide faculty with the opportunity for in-depth intellectual exchange with a prominent member in their field.

Events sponsored by the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program.

All events are free and open to the public.