Fellow: Awarded 2011
Field of Study: General Nonfiction
Competition: US & Canada
Tom Wells earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of three books: The War Within: America’s Battle over Vietnam, Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg, and (with Richard A. Leo) The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four. He has also contributed articles to books on the Vietnam War and the 1960s. He is currently writing a book with Richard A. Leo on the innocence revolution in the criminal justice system.
In addition to his Guggenheim Fellowship, Wells has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society Institute, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Columbia University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he does freelance book editing.