Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, nonfiction finalist
Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. She also serves as Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Dunbar received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University Press in 2008. Dunbar, a social historian, a scholar of urban history, women’s history, and Philadelphia history, is the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and Social Science Research Council fellowships.
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, nonfiction finalist
Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. She received her combined B.A./M.A in history at Brown University and her Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
MacLean is the author of The Opening of the American Workplace (2006), Behind the Mask of Chivalry and Freedom Is Not Enough. Her scholarship has received more than a dozen awards and has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowships Foundation.
In 2010, MacLean was elected a fellow of the Society of American Historians, which recognizes literary distinction in the writing of history and biography.