Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship

The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow is appointed annually by the Princeton University Program in American Studies.

Endowed in 1997 through the generosity of Philip and Nancy Anschutz, and their daughters Sarah Anschutz Hunt ’93 and Elizabeth Anschutz ’96, the Anschutz Fellow program is designed to bring to Princeton for one semester a leading scholar or practitioner in American arts, letters, politics, or commerce. The chief goal is to widen the Program’s intellectual horizons, and offer an accomplished figure the chance to take part in Princeton’s singular scholarly, teaching, and social life.

Applications are encouraged from those with non-academic as well as academic credentials. Junior scholars are also eligible to apply, but will be appointed only if their applications show promise of making an exceptional contribution.

The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow teaches one multidisciplinary seminar course for upper-division undergraduates. Generally, admission to the course is by application, with preference given to students enrolled in the American Studies Program. Each semester consists of twelve teaching weeks, plus a one week break at mid-semester and a three-week reading and exam period. In addition to giving the course, each visitor will deliver one public lecture to an audience drawn generally from faculty, graduate students, and interested members of the larger Princeton community.

Each Fellow is expected to reside on or near campus, unless he or she can arrange residency within comfortable commuting distance of Princeton.  Fellows have access to all University scholarly facilities, including libraries and computers. There will be a fee for the use of University athletic facilities, if desired.

Each fellow will have a campus office near the American Studies Program office, equipped with a computer, printer, and telephone.  The Fellow will be appointed as Lecturer to an appropriate academic department as well as to the American Studies Program.


Fall 2016 Anschutz Fellow

Richard Preston

Richard Preston is a bestselling author of nine books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees, whose works reveal hidden worlds of nature and wonder. His books have been published in more than 35 languages.  Preston is a contributor to the The New Yorker.  All of his nonfiction books have first begun as articles in The New Yorker.

Preston has won a number of awards, including the National Magazine Award and the American Institute of Physics science-writing award, and he’s the only non-physician to receive the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention award.  An asteroid has been named for him.  (Preston is a ball of rock 5 kilometers in diameter that could some day slam into the Earth or Mars.)

He lives near Princeton with his wife Michelle; they have three children.   He is currently writing a sequel to The Hot Zone.