A nonprofit media center, The Nation Institute is dedicated to strengthening the independent press and advancing social justice and civil rights. Our dynamic range of programs includes a bestselling book publishing imprint, Nation Books; our award-winning Investigative Fund, which supports groundbreaking investigative journalism; the widely read and syndicated website TomDispatch; and Journalism Fellowships that fund over 20 high-profile reporters every year.


Nation Books is one of the leading independent publishers of serious nonfiction in America. Dedicated to continuing this country's long tradition of progressive thought, our titles focus on current events and politics, international relations, the environment, corporate crime, religion, culture, and economics. Founded in 2000, Nation Books has become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful imprints in independent publishing.

The goal of the imprint is to produce authoritative books by leading writers and thinkers that break new ground and shed light on current social and political issues. We publish established authors who are leaders in their area of expertise, but also endeavor to cultivate a new generation of emerging and talented journalists. With each of our books we aim to impact cultural and political discourse and to help affect positive social change.

The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute is dedicated to improving the scope and overall quality of investigative reporting in the independent press and beyond. The Investigative Fund incubates and supports important investigative stories with the potential for social impact, particularly on issues that may be bypassed by the mainstream media. The Investigative Fund does this by providing reporters with editorial guidance, institutional support, and grants to cover the research costs associated with investigative journalism.

Tom Engelhardt launched TomDispatch.com in November 2001 as an e-mail publication offering commentary and collected articles from the world press. In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as "a regular antidote to the mainstream media." The site now features Tom Engelhardt's regular commentaries and the original work of authors ranging from Rebecca Solnit, Bill McKibben, and Mike Davis to Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, Andrew Bacevich, Robert Lipsyte, and Barbara Ehrenreich. Nick Turse, who also writes for the site, is associate editor and research director.

TomDispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works. The email newsletter has 23,000 subscribers and on average, each TomDispatch essay reaches at least 100,000 readers.

The Journalism Fellowship Program was established in 1995 to enable and support prominent journalists to write on complex social and political issues facing America and the world. Our Fellows form a unique community of thinkers and writers, and are among the most energetic contributors to the intellectual life of the country. They write on topics ranging from labor and social justice to international affairs and nuclear issues, and are published widely in magazines, newspapers and online. We also encourage our Fellows to pursue book projects, write Op-Eds and appear as commentators, critics or analysts on radio and television.


The Ridenhour Prizes

The annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society. These prizes memorialize the spirit of fearless truth-telling that whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour reflected throughout his extraordinary life and career. Each prizes carries a $10,000 stipend.

The Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship

Founded in 2001 by The Puffin Foundation Ltd. and The Nation Institute, the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship is an annual award in the amount of $100,000 given to an individual who has challenged the status quo through distinctive, courageous, imaginative and socially responsible work of significance. The prize is awarded at The Nation Institute's Annual Dinner Gala in New York each December.

Ida B. Wells Fellowship

The Ida B. Wells Fellowship was launched in March 2016 to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to their work. The one-year fellowship helps reporters complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting, by providing a $10,000 award and editorial advice from a dedicated Investigative Fund editor.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The Robert Masur fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium.