Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel is an author, journalist, and independent historian. Her most recent book, The Browns of California — The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation, traces the history of California through four generations of the family of Governors Pat and Jerry Brown.

She has written extensively about agriculture, labor, and social movements, including two books, The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement, and The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, which won the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, the California Book Award, and was a National Book Critics Circle award finalist. Her writing has been supported with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, California Humanities, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

Before focusing on the second cut of history, she spent 25 years as an award-winning reporter and editor on both coasts, directing coverage that won Pulitzer prizes at Newsday and at the Los Angeles Times. She is currently a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.

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