Stephan Thernstrom is the Winthrop Research Professor of History at Harvard University. He has also taught at Brandeis University, UCLA, and the University of Cambridge. His writings in American social history include Poverty and Progress: Social Mobility in a Nineteenth-Century City, The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880–1970, A History of the American People, and—with his wife, Abigail—America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible and No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning. He was the editor of the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (1980) and the co-editor of Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity (2002) and Nineteenth-Century Cities: Essays in the New Urban History (1969).
His writings have been awarded the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Harvard University Press Faculty Prize, the Waldo G. Leland Prize, the R.R. Hawkins Award, the Peter Shaw Award, the Caldwell Award, and the Fordham Foundation Prize. In 2007, he and his wife, Abigail, received the Bradley Prize for Outstanding Achievement. He has held fellowships from the John S. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the John M. Olin Foundation, and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mathematical Social Science Board, the American Philosophical Society, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation. He also has written widely in periodicals for general audiences, including The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Times Literary Supplement, The Public Interest, the Los Angeles Times, Commentary, and National Review.
Additional information and copies of many of his articles and are available at www.thernstrom.com.