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April 7, 2003 – Samantha Power, lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for her book “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” which examines U.S. foreign policy towards genocide in the 20th century.
Power, founding executive director of the Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and now a faculty affiliate there, covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for US News and World Report and The Economist. In 1996 she joined the International Crisis Group as a political analyst, helping launch the organization in Bosnia.
“‘A Problem from Hell’ is a model of what research at the Carr Center should stand for. Samantha has brought detailed analysis, a sense of historical context, and passionate moral concern to the issue of why the U.S. so often fails to stop mass atrocity. Her award honors years of scholarship and hard work, and we are all proud to have her as a colleague,” said Michael Ignatieff, director of the Carr Center and professor of the practice of human rights.
'A Problem from Hell' has won several other literary prizes, including the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Book Award.
Additionally, Kennedy School alumna, Cornelia Grumman, MPP 1994, was awarded a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Grumman was cited for "her powerful, freshly challenging editorials against the death penalty" in the Chicago Tribune. Last week, the Illinois legislature adopted a broad package of death-penalty reforms.
Harvard faculty members have now won 43 Pulitzer Prizes.
The 87th annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced April 7 by the president of Columbia University. Additional information on Power's selection is available at: http://www.pulitzer.org/year/2003/general-non-fiction/ A profile of Power published in the Harvard Gazette may be accessed: http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2003/03.06/03-power.html