The Puffin Foundation and The Nation Institute are delighted to announce the roster of 2011 Puffin Foundation Writing Fellows at The Nation Institute.
Max Blumenthal is a returning Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow. Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.
Dana Goldstein is a Brooklyn-based journalist covering education, public health, economic mobility, and women’s issues. She is a contributing writer to The Nation and The Daily Beast, and in 2010 was a recipient of the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism. Goldstein is currently at work on a political history of the American teaching profession. She is a former associate editor at The Daily Beast and The American Prospect, and her writing has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.
Christian Parenti is a contributing editor at The Nation, and a visiting scholar at the City University of New York. The author of Lockdown America, The Soft Cage, and The Freedom, he has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Playboy, Mother Jones, The London Review of Books, and Salon, among others. He has also worked on several documentaries including Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi. His forthcoming book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, will be published in July 2011, by Nation Books.
Katha Pollitt is the author of six books, three of which are collections of political essays and columns: Reasonable Creatures (Vintage, 1995); Subject to Debate (Modern Library, 2001); and Virginity or Death! (Random House, 2006). Her most recent book, The Mind-Body Problem: And Other Poems is a book of brilliant, poignant, and often funny poems that are full of surprises and originality. Her previous book, Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories, is a collection of personal essays (Random House, 2007).
Jeremy Scahill is a returning Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow. He is an award-winning investigative journalist, and the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books, 2008). A frequent contributor to The Nation, his work focuses on the use of private military companies. He also serves as a correspondent for Democracy Now! and is the winner of a George Polk Book Award and the second annual Izzy Award, which celebrates outstanding achievement in independent journalism.
Congratulations and welcome to the family!