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GW Director of Creative Writing Selected for Induction into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Author of Watergate: A Novel Thomas Mallon is the third GW faculty member in two years inducted into the Academy

April 17, 2012

WASHINGTON –Thomas Mallon, noted author and director of creative writing at the George Washington University, will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences this fall.

Mr. Mallon will be one of 220 new members in the 2012 class which includes winners of the National Medal of Science, the Lasker Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Shaw prizes, the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; Grammy, Emmy, Academy and Tony awards; the Avery Fisher Prize and election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I’m very pleased and surprised to be in such wonderful company,” said Mr. Mallon.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture and education.

“Election to the academy is both an honor for extraordinary accomplishment and a call to serve,” said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”

Mr. Mallon is the author of eight books of fiction, including Henry and Clara, Bandbox, Fellow Travelers and the recently published Watergate: A Novel. Watergate has received positive reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe and other media outlets.

He has also written volumes of nonfiction about plagiarism (Stolen Words), diaries (A Book of One’s Own), letters (Yours Ever) and the Kennedy assassination (Mrs. Paine’s Garage), as well as two books of essays (Rockets and Rodeos and In Fact). His work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

Mr. Mallon received his Ph. D. in English and American literature from Harvard University in 1978. He is a past recipient of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, a National Book Critics Circle awardee for reviewing and winner of the Vursell prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for distinguished prose style. He has been literary editor of Gentlemen’s Quarterly and deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been director of creative writing at GW since fall 2010.

“It’s a wonderful time for the creative writing program here at GW,” said Mr. Mallon. “Our recent majors have just had a bumper crop of acceptances into prestigious graduate programs and we look forward to reading a whole shelf’s worth of their books in the next decade.”

University President Steven Knapp and Martha Finnemore, professor of political science and international affairs, were both inducted as members of the AAAS in 2011.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 6, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. An alphabetical list of the 220 new members is located at:

About George Washington University
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