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Alumni Hall of Fame
William Taubman '58

William Taubman, the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College, is the author of the Gorbachev: His Life and Times.

His biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.

Also the author of Stalin’s American Policy: From Entente to Détente to Cold War, and co-author with his wife, retired Amherst College professor of Russian Jane Taubman, of Moscow Spring. William Taubman was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 2009 and chairs the Academic Advisory Committee of the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He has received the Karel Kramar Medal of the Czech Republic and the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation.

He holds an A.B. from Harvard, an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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