Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: General Nonfiction
Competition: US & Canada
Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian, essayist, and the associate editor of the Nation Institute’s Tomdispatch.com. He is the author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2008) and his articles have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Nation, and In These Times, among other print and on-line publications.
Mr. Turse has a Ph.D in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University and is an internationally recognized authority on U.S. war crimes during the Vietnam War. He has also authored works on a range of topics, including how the global economic crisis has affected U.S. food banks, the militarization of MySpace.com, and human experimentation in Hawaii during the late nineteenth century.
Mr.Turse was the recipient of a Ridenhour Prize at the National Press Club in April 2009 for his years-long investigation of mass civilian slaughter by U.S. troops in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in 1968-1969. In his article for The Nation, “A My Lai a Month,” he also exposed a Pentagon-level cover-up of these crimes that was abetted by a major news magazine. In 2009, he also received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism from Hunter College for the same article.
Concurrent with his Guggenheim Fellowship, Nick Turse will be a fellow at New York University's Center for the United States and the Cold War. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, he will be working on Kill Anything That Moves, a history of U.S. atrocities during the Vietnam War for Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt.