The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations. The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Endowed Fund at Brandeis University supports this annual award.

The award includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal. The prize and medal are presented at a ceremony that includes a reception and a public lecture by the recipient on the Brandeis University campus.

The Gittler Prize is hosted by The Vic ’63 and Bobbi Samuels ’63 Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformation (COMPACT) on behalf of the Office of the President and Office of the Provost.

Tressie2024 Winner Named

Danielle Allen has been selected as the 2024 winner of the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize by Brandeis University.

She is a seasoned leader, public policy and public affairs expert, national voice on pandemic response, and distinguished academic and author. Danielle’s work to make the world better for young people has taken her from teaching college and leading a $60 million university division to driving change as board chair for a $6 billion foundation, writing for the "Washington Post," and most recently, to running for governor of Massachusetts. 

“Danielle Allen’s profoundly important work in support of democracy and greater participation in American democracy by those who have been marginalized in democratic processes will create much excitement on campus, while reinforcing campus democracy and voting initiatives in the lead up to the November elections.”

Ronald D. Liebowitz

Brandeis President