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Alumni Achievement Award

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

Pamela O. Long ’65, M.A. ’69, Ph.D. ’79
Independent Historian

Pamela O. LongPamela O. Long is a historian of early modern European cultural history and the history of science and technology. As an undergraduate, she was a founding member of the College Park Congress of Racial Equality. After seven years working as a social worker, she returned to history and received her Ph.D. in pre-modern European history. She has written extensively on communication between artisans and learned individuals in 16th-century Europe and the influence of such relationships on the development of the "new sciences." She has also written on the history of early technology and material culture, and is at work on a book about engineering in late 16th-century Rome. Long's awards include book and article prizes and grants from the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the American Academy in Rome. She is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellow (2015-20).


Past Alumni Achievement Award Winners:

  • 2013 John Kelly ’84, The Washington Post Columnist
  • 2012 Domonique Foxworth ’04, Former NFL Cornerback, Philanthropist, & President of the NFL Players Association
  • 2011 Donald A. Ritchie M.A. ’69, Ph.D. ’75, U.S. Senate Historian
  • 2009 David Baggett ’92, Software Developer and Entrepreneur
  • 2008 Yuriko Yamaguchi M.F.A. '79, Artist
  • 2007 Harlan F. Weisman, M.D. '75, Chief science and technology officer, Johnson & Johnson
  • 2006 George P. Pelecanos ’80, Writer, Story Editor, and Producer, HBO Films
  • 2004 Gail Berman-Masters ’78, Former Broadway Producer and Television and Film Executive
  • 2003 Donald Miller Ph.D. ’72, Author of City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America
  • 2002 Maria Otero ’72, M.A. ’74, President and CEO, ACCION International
  • 2001 Brent F. Blackwelder Ph.D. ’75, President, Friends of the Earth