Alexander Stille

Alexander Stille

Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: General Nonfiction

Competition: US & Canada

Columbia University

Alexander Stille is currently the San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia University.  Born in New York, Mr. Stille attended Yale University and received

his M.S. from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1983.  After graduating from Yale, Mr. Stille moved to Italy for two years, a transformative experience

that rendered him increasingly interested in journalism as well as his own family’s Italian heritage.  He published his first book, Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian-Jewish Families Under Fascism (Simon & Schuster, 1991), after returning to Italy a second time.  He is also the author of Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic (Pantheon, 1995), The Future of the Past (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002), and

The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi (Penguin, 2006). 

In addition, Mr. Stille has written hundreds of articles for such publications as Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, New York Review of Books, New York Times, New Yorker, Toronto Globe & Mail, and Washington Post, among others.  He is the recipient of a Los Angeles Times Book Award for Best Work of History, a San Francisco Chronicle Critics Choice Award, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation Award for Journalism.  Mr. Stille was awarded

a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a forthcoming memoir of his family’s experience in fascist Italy and in the United States during World War II.

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Columbia University School of Journalism

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