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Alan Brinkley

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Death: June 16, 2019 (70)
NYC, New York, United States (Dementia)
Immediate Family:

Son of David Brinkley and Flora Ann Brinkley
Husband of Private
Father of Private
Brother of Joel Brinkley; Private; Private and John Brinkley

Occupation: College professor
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About Alan Brinkley

Alan Brinkley (born June 2, 1949) is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, where he was also Provost 2003–2009. He was denied tenure at Harvard University in 1986 despite being an award-winning teacher. He lives in New York City with his wife, Evangeline, daughter Elly, and dog Jessie. Brinkley is the son of television newscaster David Brinkley.

Brinkley has won a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Book Award for History, and numerous other prizes and fellowships, and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as a board member or trustee of several academic and policy research institutions and chairs the board of The Century Foundation.


1982 Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression
1992 The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People
1995 The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War
1998 Liberalism and Its Discontents
2009 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2010 The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century


American History: A Survey - an AP U.S. History and International Baccalaureate History Textbook used in high schools and college.
The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People - AP Textbook used in high schools.

Brinkley has also written several textbooks which are used by college and high school U.S. history classes.


1983 National Book Award for Voices of Protest
1987 Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Harvard University
2003 Great Teacher Award, Columbia University
2006-2007 Scholarly Journal Award by Kathy Walh-Henshaw at St. Mary's Lancaster
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Alan Brinkley's Timeline

June 2, 1949
Washington, D.C., United States
June 16, 2019
Age 70
NYC, New York, United States