Boston’s Museum of African American History Names Administrator for Inaugural Book Award

Pamela D. Waterman has been named Book Award Administrator for the inaugural Museum of African-American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award which will honor non-fiction literature that celebrates African American history and culture.

The award, which includes a $25,000 prize, will be presented in the summer of 2018 at the African Meeting House in Boston, a National Historic Landmark, and one of MAAH’s properties. The winning title will be selected by a panel of judges that will include respected historians, authors and academicians.

Waterman will serve as staff liaison for both the book award committee and jury and oversee the nomination process, as well as event logistics. According to Museum Executive Director Marita Rivero, Waterman’s background in literature and project management makes her well suited to her new role.

“Pam brings energy, experience and enthusiasm to her new position,” Rivero said. “We value her ideas and insights and welcome her contributions to this new and important initiative.”

In addition to her work with the MAAH, Waterman serves as a project director at Harvard University at the T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences where, for almost 20 years, she has contributed to a series of scientific studies focusing on health inequities, racial discrimination, and methods for monitoring and measuring socioeconomic gradients in health. The co-author of over 45 scientific publications, Waterman earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Baruch College in New York City, and a master’s of public health in epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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