Philip Nord Receives Behrman Award for the Humanities

May 09, 2017

Princeton professors Simon Gikandi and Philip Nord have received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.

Philip Nord, the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, began teaching at Princeton in 1981 and served as chair of the history department from 1995 to 2001. He is affiliated with the Department of French and Italian and the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society. He served as director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies from 2012-16.

Nord studies the political and cultural of modern France. He has held several visiting appointments at universities in France, as well as in Italy and Germany.  

For Nord's Behrman Award nomination, one colleague wrote: "Throughout his long and distinguished career, he has never lost sight of the big picture, writing in a beautiful, accessible style, constructing bridges between different disciplines in the humanities, and striving ceaselessly to develop interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past. The human condition, à la Nord, cannot be reduced to a single thread. Historians should never be comfortable with a single answer to the question Why."

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