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April 20, 2011 11:00 AM See, Academics Can Write

By Daniel Luzer

Three people awarded Pulitzer Prizes on Monday are academics. Columbia University’s Eric Foner won the history prize for his The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Siddhartha Mukherjee, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia, got the prize for general nonfiction for The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan won the poetry prize for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems. Ryan teaches English at the College of Marin, a community college in California. Ryan also attended a community college; she earned an Associate degree from Antelope Valley Junior College in the 1960s before she transferred to UCLA.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer