Bernard Bailyn

Professor of Early American History, emeritus

Harvard University

Bernard Bailyn, whose historical work centers on early American history, the American Revolution, and the Anglo-American world in the pre-industrial era, is an Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, emeritus, at Harvard University. He also serves as a Senior Fellow in the Society of Fellows and is the Director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World.  Professor Bailyn is a member of the American Historical Association, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Education. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and the Mexican Academy of History and Geography.

Many of Bailyn's published books have received Pulitzer prizes and other forms of recognition and distinction. Among his numerous awards, he received the Thomas Jefferson Medal in 1993 and the Henry Allen Moe Prize of the American Philosophical Society in 1994. In 1998 he was appointed the Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities; he received the medal of the Foreign Policy Association for his work on the International Seminar on Atlantic History; and he delivered the first Millennium Lecture at the White House. In 2000 he was awarded the Bruce Catton Prize of the Society of American Historians for lifetime achievement in the writing of history, in 2001 he received the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in 2004 the Kennedy Medal of the Massachusetts Historical Society.