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BYU history professor's book finalist for prestigious academic prize

A Brigham Young University history professor was a finalist for a 2012 Lukas Prize Project Award sponsored by Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Craig Harline was a candidate for the Mark Lynton History Prize for his book “Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America” published by Yale University Press.

Sophia Rosenfeld, a University of Virginia professor, and her book “Common Sense: A Political History” won the Lynton Prize, and Michael Willrich was the other finalist for the award for his book "Pox: An American History."

Established in 1998, the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards recognize excellence in nonfiction that exemplify the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern that characterized the work of the awards’ Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake, J. Anthony Lukas, who died in 1997. One of the three Lukas Prize Project Awards, The Mark Lynton History Prize, is named for the late Mark Lynton, a business executive and author.

Born and raised in California, Harline earned a doctorate in European history from Rutgers University in 1986. Since 1992 he has been a professor of history at BYU, teaching courses and seminars on the Reformation, the history of civilization and history on film.

In 1996 and 2001 he was also a visiting professor and research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, in 2006 a research fellow at the University of Antwerp and in 2011 a research fellow at the Belgian Academy in Brussels.

“Conversions” is the latest in a series of academic prize-winning books by Harline.

For more information, contact Craig Harline at 801-422-7848 or Eric Sharfstein at es3106@columbia.edu, 212-854-6164

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