U-Michigan historian wins Pulitzer for Attica book

ANN ARBOR—A book by Heather Ann Thompson, professor and historian at the University of Michigan, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in history.

Thompson is the author of "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy" (Pantheon, 2016). She is a professor in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Residential College. She also is a research affiliate in the Population Studies Center in the Institute for Social Research.

Winners were announced today. Thompson won in the category of Letters, Drama & Music "for a narrative history that sets high standards for scholarly judgment and tenacity of inquiry in seeking the truth about the 1971 Attica prison riots."

"Dr. Heather Ann Thompson's Pulitzer Prize in history is an outstanding example of our faculty's talent and commitment to academic rigor being recognized at the highest levels," said U-M President Mark Schlissel. "I am proud to congratulate her on this amazing achievement." READ MORE