Grant Forssberg '09 is originally from Riverside, Illinois. As an undergraduate, Forssberg majored in History with a minor in Comparative Politics, and worked in the College's Special Collections and Archives and interned with the National Railroad Hall of Fame. Through his involvement in the campus chapter of Phi Gamma Delta -- where he served as chapter historian for two years -- he developed a strong interest in Greek social organizations, researching and writing several papers on historical instances of exclusivity and discrimination within the Knox Greek system, one of which was awarded the annual Donham Prize for the best essay in a history course. That same year he was also awarded the Dorothy Inness Stanford Award for the highest scholastic average in American history.
In addition to his primary research projects, Forssberg is interested in antebellum Midwest social and cultural history, especially as it relates to Knox College. After graduation, he was awarded a Fellowship to research and write articles about the College's history for the school's website. As part of his fellowship, Grant served as teaching assistant for the college's public history course for the spring 2010 semester.
For fall 2010 he plans to attend graduate school as a doctoral student in history. His goal is to teach history at the collegiate level.
Times President Obama visited
Once after winning the Democratic nomination to the US Senate, next as a commencement speaker in 2005 and lastly, in July 2013 to address the economy.