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History professor's first book wins two national awards

Author: Arts and Letters


Jon T. Coleman, assistant professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the 2005 Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association (AHA) and the Western History Association’s W. Turrentine Jackson Award for his first book “Vicious: Wolves and Men in America.”

Published last year by Yale University Press, “Vicious” offers a provocative history of wolves in America and of the humans who first destroyed them and now offer them protection.

The Dunning Prize, to be awarded to Coleman during the AHA’s annual conference in January, recognizes the best first book on U.S. history. It was created in 1927 through a gift from Mathilda M. Dunning in honor of her father, John H. Dunning.

Honoring the best first book on the history of the American West, the W. Turrentine Jackson Award was presented to Coleman in October.

Coleman earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado and his doctorate from Yale University in 2003.


Contact: Jon Coleman, 574-631- 7266,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on December 20, 2005.