English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Scott W Berg

Scott W Berg

Scott W Berg

Associate Professor

Scott W. Berg is an author, journalist, screenwriter, and professor of nonfiction writing. He has published two books of narrative history -- Grand Avenues: The Story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C., and 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End -- and is now at work on a third, about the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire. In 2013, 38 Nooses was named a Main Selection of the History Book Club and awarded the Library of Virginia Literary Award in nonfiction. Scott is currently collaborating with producer Jonathan Prince (American Dreams) on an eight-episode mini-series of 38 Nooses and several other based-on-a-true-story concepts, developing these projects for executive producer Robert Redford, Sundance Productions, MGM Studios, and the AMC television network. 
 
Since 1994, Scott has taught nonfiction writing and research at Mason. His courses have included graduate- and undergraduate-level nonfiction literature and writing, professional and technical writing, science writing, and book production. Scott helped to found, and acts as the Editorial Director for, Stillhouse Press, a graduate-run small press; he also serves as the internship coordinator for English majors and others interested in work experience related to writing, editing, publication, and related research. (To read through the department's internships link, please go to english.gmu.edu/internships.)
 
Since 1999, Scott has been a regular contributor of feature articles and reviews to the Washington Post, and he has frequently given book talks and readings at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the Boston Athenaeum, Politics & Prose Bookstore, the National Building Museum, the Virginia Historical Society, the U.S. Treasury Executive Institute, and many others. Radio interviews in support of Scott's writing have included National Public Radio, Bloomberg Radio (New York), WNYC Radio (New York), and WAMU Radio (Washington, D.C.), and he has been a featured speaker on television shows produced by PBS, the National Geographic Society, and Twin Cities Public Television.
 
Scott is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and studied at the University of Minnesota, Miami University of Ohio, and George Mason. He lives with his wife and two sons (ages 12 and 10) in Reston, Virginia.