J. Anthony Lukas Prize For Work in Progress, 2006, Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners. Administered jointly by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
National Endowment for the Humanities, 2005, grant for Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners.
Boston Globe Award, “Best Books of the Year,” for Norman Rockwell: A Life, December 2001
Ledig International Arts Colony, Ghent, NY, fellowship, Fall 2000
NEH Summer Institute, Philosophy and the History of the Arts
Arthur Danto, San Francisco State University, 1991
NEH Summer Seminar, Female Romantic Poets
Stuart Curran, University of Pennsylvania, 1990