Pauline Maier is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at MIT. Maier primarily writes on the American Revolution and the Early Republic. Her book, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, was named as a top book of 1997 by the New York Times Book Review and was a finalist in General Nonfiction for the National Book Critics' Circle Award. Recently, Simon and Shuster published her book Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788, in 2010.