Faculty Member Bruce Kimball Receives History Prize for Publication

Bruce Kimball, recipient of the Peter
Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Prize

Bruce Kimball recently received the Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Prize from the Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action, for his book, On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century (Harvard University Press 2015), co-authored with Daniel R. Coquillette.

The award citation stated that the book provides “a persuasive, balanced, incisive account of the ways Harvard Law School reflected and reinforced the racial, gender, and religious prejudices that long narrowed access to competition for the prizes of American life. It documents the inadequacy of the school’s intellectual quality at several points, and the limits of the quality of the education it offered….On the Battlefield of Merit also pays consistent, close, and thoughtful attention to the question of money, assessing the relative significance of donors…, of students and their parents, or endowments, and of arrangements for paying teachers–or not paying them.”

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