2020 Lukas Prizes Shortlists Announced

Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University have announced the 2020 shortlists for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the Mark Lynton History Prize. The Lukas Prizes, established in 1998, were established to honor the best in American nonfiction writing. The winners and finalists of the 2020 Lukas Prizes will be announced on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Columbia Journalism School in New York City.

The shortlists are as follows:

J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards Shortlist

  • Bartow J. Elmore, Seed Money (W. W. Norton)
  • Shahan Mufti, American Caliph (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Michelle Nijhuis, Beloved Beasts (W. W. Norton)
  • Sarah Schulman, Let the Record Show (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Lawrence Tabak, Foxconned (The University of Chicago Press)

J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Shortlist

  • Emily Bazelon, Charged (Random House)
  • Jennifer Berry Hawes, Grace Will Lead Us Home (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Jodie Adams Kirshner, Broke (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Alex Kotlowitz, An American Summer (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
  • Margaret O’Mara, The Code (Penguin Press)

Mark Lynton History Prize Shortlist

  • Carrie Gibson, El Norte (Atlantic Monthly Press)
  • Kerri K. Greenidge, Black Radical(Liveright)
  • Pekka Hämäläinen, Lakota America (Yale University Press)
  • Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide An Empire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Brendan Simms, Hitler (Basic Books)
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