David Nasaw

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Research Interests

  • U.S. Cultural History


  • Ph.D. Columbia University

David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Distinguished Professor of History, has served on the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center since 1990. His biography of William Randolph Hearst, The Chief, won the Bancroft Prize, and his acclaimed biography of Andrew Carnegie was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and was awarded the New-York Historical Society prize for 2006.
Nasaw’s most recent biography, The Patriarch (2012), based on unrestricted and exclusive access to the papers of his subject Joseph Patrick Kennedy, was named one of the five best nonfiction books of 2012 by the New York Times. His other books include Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public AmusementsChildren of the City: At Work and at Play, and Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States. Nasaw earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.