Danielle Allen, a widely known scholar on justice and citizenship issues, has been elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Columbia University made the announcement Thursday.
Allen is the UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She replaces Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Company, which publishes the Tampa Bay Times. Board members serve a maximum of nine years while a chair serves for only one year.
Allen is the first African-American woman to chair the Board. Allen joined the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2006.
She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and is a frequent public lecturer and writer. She received a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.
Her latest book, “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” will be published in June.