Past Awards



(Awarded Annually)

Patricia Acerbi, “’A Long Poem of Walking’: Flaneurs, Vendors, and Chronicles of Post-abolition Rio de Janerio,” Journal of Urban History 40 (January 2014): 97-115. (published on-line 2013)

David T. Beito, "The Formation of Urban Infrastructures Through Nongovernmental Planning," Journal of Urban History, 16 (May, 1990), 263-303.

Amy Chazkel, “Beyond Law and Order: The Origins of the Jogo do Bicho in Republican Rio de Janeiro,” Journal of Latin American Studies 39 (2007), 535-565.

Lizabeth Cohen, "From Town Center to Shopping Center: The Reconfiguration of Community Marketplaces in Postwar America." American Historical Review, vol. 101 (October, 1996), 1050-81.

Edward J. Escobar, "Bloody Christmas and the Irony of Police Professionalism: The Los Angeles Police Department, Mexican Americans, and Police Reform in the 1950s," Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 72, No. 2, (2003), 171-199.

Philip J. Ethington, "Recasting Urban Political History: Gender, the Public, the Household, and Political Participation in Boston and San Francisco During the Progressive Era," Social Science History, 18 (Summer, 1992), 301-33.

Raphael Fischler: "Health, Safety, and the General Welfare: Markets, Politics, and Social Science in Early Land-Use Regulation and Community Design," Journal of Urban History 24:6 (September, 1998), 675-719.

William J. Glover, "Objects, Models, and Exemplary Works: Educating Sentiment in Colonial India," The Journal of Asian Studies 64.3 (August 2005): 539-66

Richard Harris, "Self-Building in the Urban Housing Market," Economic Geography, 67 (January, 1991), 1-21.

Arnold Hirsch, “E. Pluribus Duo? Thoughts on ‘Whiteness’ and Chicago’s ‘New’ Immigration as a Transient Third Tier,” Journal of American Ethnic History

Nicolas Kenny, "City Glow: Streetlights, Emotions, and Nocturnal Life, 1880s-1910s," Journal of Urban History (April 2015). [co-recipient]

Josef Konvitz, "The Crisis of Atlantic Port Cities, 1880-1920," Comparative Studies in Society & History, 36, No. 2 (April, 1994), 293-318.

Martin Meeker, "The Queerly Disadvantaged and the Making of San Francisco's War on Poverty, 1964-1967," Pacific Historical Review 81 (Feb 2012), 21-59.

Andrew Needham and Allen Dietrich-Ward, "Beyond the Metropolis: Metropolitan Growth and Regional Transformation in Postwar America," Journal of Urban History 35:7 (2009): 943-969.

Becky M. Nicolaides and James Zarsadiaz, "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley since 1970," Journal of Urban History (November 2015). [co-recipient]

Harold L. Platt, "Invisible Gases: Smoke, Gender, and the Redefinition of Environmental Policy in Chicago, 1900-1920," Planning Perspectives 10 (1995), 67-97. [co-recipient]

Wendell Pritchett, "Which Urban Crisis? Regionalism, Race, and Urban Policy, 1960-1974," Journal of Urban History (Jan. 2008), pp. 266-286

A.K. Sandoval-Strausz, "Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America," Journal of Urban History 101, no. 3 (December 2014): 804-831.

Robert Self, "‘To Plan Our Liberation:’ Black Power and the Politics of Place in Oakland, California, 1965-1977. Journal of Urban History 26, No.6 (September, 2000), 759-792.

Amanda I. Seligman, “'But Burn—No’: The Rest of the Crowd in Three Civil Disorders in 1960s Chicago,” Journal of Urban History (March 2011), pp. 230-255.

Mary Corbin Sies, "Paradise Retained: an Analysis of Persistence in Planned, Exclusive Suburbs, 1880-1980," Planning Perspectives 12 (1997), 165-191.

Mary Corbin Sies, "North American Suburbs, 1880-1950: Cultural and Social Reconsiderations," The Journal of Urban History 27, No. 3 (March, 2001), 313-346.

Bryant Simon, “New York Avenue: The Life and Death of Gay Spaces in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1920-1990," Journal of Urban History (March, 2002)

Marci Sortor, "Saint-Omer and Its Textile Trade in the Late Middle Ages: A Contribution to the Proto-Industrialization Debate," American Historical Review, 98 (December, 1993), 1475-1499.

Thomas J. Sugrue, "Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964," Journal of American History 82 (1995), 551-578. [co-recipient]

Heather Ann Thompson, “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History” The Journal of American History 97, (Dec. 2010):

Coll Thrush, “City of the Changer: Indigenous People and the Transformation of Seattle’s Watersheds,” Pacific Historical Review v. 75, n. 1 (2006), 89-117.

Andrew Wiese, "The Other Suburbanites: African American Suburbanization in the North before 1950," Journal of American History, 85, No. 4 (March, 1999), 1495-1524.


(Awarded Annually)

Carl Abbott, The Metropolitan Frontier, Cities in the Modern American West (University of Arizona Press, 1993)

Peter C. Baldwin, Domesticating the Street: The Reform of Public Space in Hartford, 1850-1930 (Ohio State University Press)

Stuart M. Blumin, The Emergence of the Middle Class, Social Experience in the American City, 1760-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1989)

Amy Bridges, Morning Glories: Municipal Reform in the Southwest (Princeton University Press, 1997)

N. D. B. Connolly, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Making of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014) [co-recipient]                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Robert M. Fogelson, Downtown, Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950 (Yale University Press, 2001)

David M. P. Freund, Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (University of Chicago Press, 2007)

Howard Gillette, Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005)

Timothy J. Gilfoyle, A Pickpocket’s Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York (W.W. Norton, 2006)                                                                                                                                                       Marta Gutman, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscape of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014) [Co-recipient]

David Hamer, New Towns in the New World, Images of Nineteenth Century Urban Frontiers (Columbia University Press, 1990)

Jerome I. Hodos, Second Cities: Globalization and Local Politics in Manchester and Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2011).

Lisa Keller, Triumph of Order: Democracy & Public Space in New York and London (Columbia University Press, 2009) [co-recipient]

Nancy Kwak, A World of Homeowners: American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid (University of Chicago Press, 2015) [co-recipient]

Roger Lane, William Dorsey’s Philadelphia and Ours, On the Past and Future of the Black City in America (Oxford University Press, 1991)

Lisa Levenstein, Movement without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) [co-recipient]

Benjamin Looker, A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, & Democracy in Postwar America (University of Chicago Press, 2015) [co-recipient]

Martin Melosi, The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in American from Colonial Times to the Present (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000)

Monica Perales, Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community (University of North Carolina Press, 2010)

Gail Radford, The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Keith Revell, Building Gotham: Civic Culture and Public Policy in New York City, 1898-1938 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002)

Roy Rozenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar, The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (Cornell University Press, 1992)

Elihu Rubin, Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape (Yale University Press, 2012)

Eric C. Schneider, Smack: Heroin and the American City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008)

Richard Schneirov, Labor and Urban Politics: Class Conflict and the Origins of Modern Liberalism in Chicago (University of Illinois Press, 1998)

Robert O. Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton University Press, 2003)

Carl Smith, Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief:  The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman (University of Chicago Press, 1994)

Thomas J. Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton University Press, 1996)

Andrew Wiese, Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2004)

Carol Willis, Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1995)


(Awarded Biennially)

Peter J. Carroll, Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895-1937 (Stanford, 2006). [co-recipient]

Brodwyn Fischer, A Poverty of Rights: Citizenship and Inequality in Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro (Stanford University Press, 2008)

Peter Jelavich, Berlin Cabaret (Harvard University Press, 1993)

Grace Karskens, The Colony: A History of Early Sydney (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2010).

Brian Ladd, The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape (University of Chicago Press, 1997)

Hanchao Lu, Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Life in the Early Twentieth Century (University of California Press, 1999)

Ted W. Margadant, Urban Rivalries in the French Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1992)

Michael Marme, Suzhou: Where the Goods of All the Provinces Converge (Stanford, 2005). [co-recipient]

Alexander M. Martin, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855 (Oxford University Press, 2013). [co-recipient]

Yair Mintzker, The Defortification of the German City, 1689-1866 (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

William Rowe, Hankow, Conflict and Community in a Chinese City, 1796-1895 (Stanford University Press, 1989)

Ato Quayson, Oxford Street, Accra: City Life and the Itineraries of Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2014). [co-recipient]

Frederic E. Wakeman Jr., Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 (University of California Press, 1995)

Di Wang, Street Culture in Chengdu: Public Space, Urban Commoners and Local Politics, 1870-1930 (Stanford University Press, 2004)

Lise A. Waxer, In the City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves, and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia (Wesleyan University Press, 2002)



(Awarded Annually)

Andrew J. Brown-May, "‘The Itinerary of Our Days:’ The Historical Experience of the Street in Melbourne, 1837-1923" (University of Melbourne, 1994)

Julio Capo, Jr., “‘It’s Not Queer to Be Gay’: Miami and the Emergence of the Gay Rights Movement, 1945 – 1995” (Florida International University, 2011)

Etan S. Diamond, "A Sacred Suburban Subculture: The North American Orthodox Jewish Community, 1950-1985" (Carnegie Mellon University, 1996)

Louise Dyble, “Paying the Toll - A Political History of the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District, 1923-1971,” (University of California, Berkeley, 2003)

Marta Ruth Gutman, "On the Ground in Oakland: Women and Institution Building in an Industrial City" (University of California - Berkeley, 2000)

Thomas W. Hanchett, "Sorting Out the New South City: Charlotte and Its Neighborhoods" (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993)

Andrew Heath, "The Manifest Destiny of Philadelphia: Imperialism, Republicanism, and the Remaking of a City and its People" (University of Pennsylvania, 2008)

Andrew Highsmith, "Demolition Means Progress: Race, Class, and the Deconstruction of the American Dream in Flint, Michigan" (University of Michigan, 2009)

Amy L. Howard, “More Than Shelter: Community, Identity and Spatial Politics in San Francisco, 1938-2000,” (College of William and Mary, 2005)

Christopher Klemek, “Urbanism as Reform: Modernist Planning and the Crisis of Liberalism in Europe and North America, 1945-1975” (University of Pennsylvania, 2004)

Matthew William Klingle, "Urban by Nature: An Environmental History of Seattle, 1880-1970" (University of Washington, 2001)

Michael Lerner, "Dry Manhattan: Class, Culture, and Politics in Prohibition-Era New York City, 1919-1933" (New York University, 1999)

Emily Gunzburger Makas, “Representing Competing Identities: Building and Rebuilding in Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina,” (Cornell University, 2006).

Michael McCoyer, “Darkness of a Different Color: Mexicans and racial formation in Greater Chicago, 1916-1960,” (Northwestern University, 2007).

Catherine McNeur, "The 'Swinish Multitude' and Fashionable Promenades: Battles over Public Space in New York City, 1915-1965" (Yale University, 2012)

Margaret O'Mara, “Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Politics, Universities, and the Roots of the Information-Age Metropolis, 1945-1970” (University of Pennsylvania, 2002)

Max Page, "The Creative Destruction of New York City: Landscape, Memory and the Politics of Place, 1900-1930" (University of Pennsylvania, 1995)

Andrew Robichaud, "The Animal City: Remaking Human and Animal Lives in America, 1820-1910" (Stanford University, 2015)

Eric Todd Sandweiss, "Construction and Community in South St. Louis, 1850-1910" (University of California, Berkeley, 1991)

Karen L. Sawislak, "Smoldering City: Class, Ethnicity, and Politics in Chicago at the Time of the Great Fire" (Yale University, 1990)

David H. Schley, "Making the Capitalist City: The B & O Railroad and Urban Space in Baltimore, 1827-1877," completed at Johns Hopkins University, 2013.

David O. Stowell, "The Struggle for City Streets: People, Railroads and the Great Strikes of 1877" (S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, 1992)

Chloe Elizabeth Taft, "From Steel to Slots: Landscapes of Economic Change in Postindustrial Bethlehem, PA" (Yale University, 2014)

Mark Tebeau, "'Eating Smoke': Masculinity, Technology, and the Politics of Urbanization, 1850-1950" (Carnegie Mellon University, 1997)

Shane L. White, "Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 1770-1810" (University of Sydney, 1989)

Mary Letherd Wingert, "City Limits: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in Urban America, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1834-1934" (Duke University, 1998)

Alexia Yates, “Selling Paris: The Real Estate Market and Commercial Culture In The Fin-De-Siecle Capital,” (University of Chicago, 2010).

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