Carol Anderson Named 2022 Gittler Prize Winner
February 1, 2022
Carol Anderson, a leading African-American studies scholar and award-winning author, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize.
Anderson is the author of several acclaimed books, including “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide,” which won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and is also a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Pick and listed. on the Zora List of the 100 best books by black female authors since 1850. Her young adult adaptation of “White Rage,” “We Are Not Yet Equal,” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
“Carol Anderson has produced seminal scholarship that not only explains how structural racism shapes life, politics, and politics in America, but also calls for the action needed to achieve a better future for all of us. We are pleased to honor her with the 2022 Gittler Award,” said Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz.
The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Award was created in 2007 by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and enduring scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations. The annual award includes a $25,000 award and a medal. Previous Gittler Prize recipients include Howard C. Stevenson, John Paul Lederach, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Martha Minow, Gustavo Gutierrez, and Patricia Hill Collins ’69, PhD ’84. The award is administered by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President and the Office of the Chancellor of Brandeis University.
Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University, and has been elected to the Society of American Historians, named a WEB Du Bois Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and elected to the American Academy of the Arts. and Sciences.
His research has garnered grants from the American Council of Scientific Societies, the Ford Foundation, the National Center for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, the Pozen Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Along with “White Rage,” she is also the author of “Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955,” which received the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards; and “Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Colonial Liberation Struggle,” published in 2014.
“One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy” was a National Book Award Finalist for Non-Fiction Award and a PEN/Galbraith Book Award Finalist for Non-Fiction.
His most recent book, “The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America,” explores the anti-Blackness of the Second Amendment and the consequences for citizenship and lives of African Americans. “The Second” was chosen as a New York Times Editor’s Pick, Best Social Studies Book of 2021 by Library Journal, and one of the Writer’s Bone Best Books of 2021.
Anderson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. She was an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri before joining the Emory faculty in 2009.
Anderson will reside at Brandeis from October 24-26, 2022. During this time, she will participate in a variety of activities and gatherings with the campus community. Her residency will also include a formal award ceremony and keynote address, which is scheduled for the evening of October 25.