1949 – Alan Brinkley was born. A progressive historian of 20th century American history and the current chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation.
1971 – Received his B.A. degree from Princeton University.
1979 – Earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
1982 – Brinkley is the author of such monumental works as "Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression".
1983 – Received the National Book Award for his Voices of Protest.
1987 – Awarded the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard.
1991 – He is the Allan Nevins Professor of History and chair of the history department in Columbia University.
1998 – He was a Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.
1998 – Became the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Century Institute.
2000 – He held the History Department Chair at Columbia University.
2003 – He is currently the university provost of Columbia University.
2006-2007 – Recipient of the Scholarly Journal Award by Kathy Walh-Henshaw at St. Mary’s Lancaster.