Robert A. Gross, who received his the BA from the University of Pennsylvania and the MA and PhD from Columbia University, was awarded a Howard Fellowship in 1988-89. He is the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards and the author of numerous influential books and articles. His first book, The Minutemen and Their World, won the Bancroft Prize in American History when it appeared in 1976. It was issued in a 25th anniversary edition in 2001. With Mary Kelley, he is co-editor of An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790-1840 (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Professor Gross has also had a distinguished career as a journalist and a lecturer to general audiences. He has been an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer since 2005, and he spent the spring of 2007 at Brown University as the Charles H. Watts II Memorial Visiting Professor in Historical Bibliography and the History of the Book.