Gordon Wood is Emeritus Professor of History at Brown University where he began teaching in 1969. His areas of expertise include American Colonial history, the American Revolution, and the history of the early republic. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of many works, his most recent book is The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, published earlier this year. Other books include Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different (2006), and The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, which was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize by the Boston Authors Club in 2005. Earlier books include The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. He has also written several reviews for the New York Review of Books and The New Republic.
Professor Wood is frequent and popular guest lecturer at conferences and universities around the country. He served as a consultant to the National Constitution Center and to the U.S. Capitol renovation and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for Colonial Williamsburg. He received his B.A. degree from Tufts University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University and serves as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.