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  • 08 Nov 2023 12:38 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The UHA is pleased to announce our new President-Elect and new board members, who will begin their service on January 1, 2024. 

    As always, we express our deepest gratitude to the outgoing board members who will complete their terms on December 31, 2023.

    Thank you to the outgoing UHA board members:

    Luther Adams - Free Man of Color

    René Luis Alvarez

    Lisa Krissoff Boehm

    Julius L. Jones

    Lisa Keller

    Johana Londoño

    Kyle Roberts

    Welcome to the UHA's President-Elect: 

    Elizabeth Hinton

    Elizabeth will serve for two years as President-Elect, alongside the UHA President.

    Elizabeth Hinton is Professor of History, African American Studies, and Law. Her research focuses on the persistence of poverty, racial inequality, and urban violence in the 20th century United States. Professor Hinton’s first book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (Harvard University Press 2016), examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that transformed domestic social policies, expanded urban policing, and facilitated the dramatic expansion of the U.S. prison system. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime received numerous awards and recognition, including the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her recent book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s (Liveright 2021), won a Robert F. Kennedy book award. America on Fire draws on exclusive sources to uncover a previously hidden geography of violence in smaller American cities and provides a new framework for understanding the problem of police abuse and the broader, systemic repression of Black people and other people of color in post-civil rights America. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime and America on Fire were both named New York Times Notable books. Hinton has published in The American Historical ReviewThe Journal of Urban HistoryScienceNature, and the Journal of American History. Her writing can also be found in the pages of The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe Washington Post, and New York Magazine, among other popular outlets. 

    Welcome to the UHA's new board members: 

    Mike Amezcua


    Mike Amezcua is Associate Professor of History and member of the Global Cities Initiative at Georgetown University. Amezcua’s first book, Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification (University of Chicago Press, 2022) draws on a rich array of sources ranging from the federal government to City Hall to neighborhood organizations, to chronicle a remarkable story of migrant & Latinx city-building in the face of systemic inequality, marketplace discrimination, and the ever-capacious forces of segregation. The book provides a searing portrait of the creation of America’s third housing market; not Black or white, but Latinx. Making Mexican Chicago was the winner of the First Book Award by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society. Amezcua was also the co-winner of the Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in a Scholarly Journal for 2019, awarded by the Urban History Association. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Public Books, Zócalo Public Square, and elsewhere. At Georgetown, he created the Raza Landscapes Lab which trains students to document and preserve Latinx metropolitan histories through community-based archiving, oral history, and digital platform-building for the dissemination of historical knowledge of under-archived communities. Amezcua believes scholars in the field of urban history provide the most generative innovation, constantly pushing the boundaries for understanding metropolitan life, the built environment, and its profound inequities. Moreover, Amezcua is committed to continuing the great work of the UHA with respect to making our field inclusive and reflective of the changing makeup of our historical profession.

    Genevieve Carpio

    I am honored to serve on the UHA board, where I would bring my leadership experience in national associations, commitment to the public humanities and teaching, and research on urban and regional histories to my role. As someone who has found the UHA to be a generative space for my academic research in twentieth century (sub)urban histories and my professional training as an Urban Planner (MA) since I was a PhD student, I know first-hand the importance of the organization. Since my first UHA conference in Las Vegas in 2010, I have completed my PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, a postdoc in History at Yale, and rose to Associate Professor in Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA. My research focuses on the intricate connections between regional development and the formation of race throughout the 20th century. My book, Collisions at the Crossroads: How Place and Mobility Make Race (UC Press), delves into how marginalized communities negotiated racial hierarchies through their metropolitan movements in Southern California. Currently, I am working on a new project, Pacific Imaginaries: Architecture, Movement, and Race Making from California to New Zealand, 1914-1945, exploring the history of race-making, Indigeneity, and circulation of Spanish Revival architecture through the Pacific. Promoting interdisciplinary historical research on race in urban communities drives my commitment to organizational roles that have prepared me to serve on the UHA Board. Notably, I have spent the past three years on the Board of California Humanities, providing advice and oversight on programming and financial decisions, I have worked as the Chair for prize committees, such as the Western Historical Association Owens Book Award and the American Association of Geographer’s Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and, and I have helped organize large conferences, most recently serving on the Planning Committee for the National Humanities Conference in its largest convening to date.

    Shakti Castro

    Shakti Castro is a Phd Candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University. She holds a B.A. from Hunter College and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation project focuses on illicit drug use, the development of syringe exchange programs, and AIDS activism within Puerto Rican communities in  New York City and the archipelago. She uses a variety of interdisciplinary research methods, including archival research, oral history, ethnography, geography, and material culture, to examine Puerto Rican movements for queer and drug user rights and safety. Shakti's work situates Puerto Rican harm reduction as a crucial part of protest for racial equity and claims of space that challenge colonialism and gentrification Her writing has appeared in the NACLA Report on the Americas and Public History News.

    Koji Hirata

    Koji Hirata is a lecturer (a position equivalent to an assistant professor in the US system) at Monash University in Australia. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Stanford University and subsequently undertook a Research Fellowship (JRF) at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before joining Monash. Koji’s research explores modern China, Japan, and Russia/Soviet Union, with broader implications for the global history of capitalism and socialism. His articles appeared in Journal of Urban History, The American Historical Review, and Modern Asian Studies, among others. His first book, Making Mao’s Steelworks: Industrial Manchuria and the Transnational Origins of Chinese Socialism (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2024) chronicles the rise and fall of a gigantic steel-making enterprise, Angang, located in Manchuria (Northeast China). He is currently working on a companion book, , tentatively titled Steel Metropolis: An Urban History of Maoism, focusing on the urban history of Anshan—a steel town that developed around Angang.

    Nic John Ramos 

    Nic John Ramos currently holds a joint appointment in the department of History and the program in Africana Studies at Drexel University. His research broadly investigates the interlocking relationships between urban real estate and healthcare, especially in regards to how the quality and kinds of healthcare afforded to citizens is shaped by race, sexuality, and space. His book manuscript in progress, “Health as Property: Making Race, Sexuality, and Poverty Productive in Global Los Angeles, 1965-1986” examines a Black-led Academic Medical Center built as a response to the 1965 Watts Uprisings. His published work can be found in American Quarterly (AQ), the Journal of History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (JHMAS), Gay and Lesbian Quarterly (GLQ) and the Journal of the History of Sexuality.

    Akira Drake Rodriguez

    Akira Drake Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Her research examines the ways that disenfranchised groups re-appropriate their marginalized spaces in the city to gain access to and sustain urban political power. She is the author of Diverging Space for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing, which explores how the politics of public housing planning and race in Atlanta created a politics of resistance within its public housing developments. She is also the lead author of A Green New Deal for K-12 Schools, through her work with the climate + community project. She has received funding from the Spencer Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Innovation Initiative and Projects for Progress funds to support her work around school facilities planning in Philadelphia public schools. Her next book manuscript examines the role of Black women community organizers in producing collective care in the built environment in the absence of capital and presence of harm over the 20th century.

    ToniAnn Treviño

    ToniAnn Treviño is a scholar of Mexican American history, with a focus on the war on drugs, urban history, and policing in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas. ToniAnn’s manuscript in progress examines how ethnic Mexicans in San Antonio experienced overlapping anti-narcotics crusades and crafted responses to drug policing through religious, medical, and social institutions. She explores how federal, state, and local narcotics-control programs framed transnational urban spaces as extensions of lawless U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Her research centers an untold, community-based history of how Mexican and Mexican Americans in San Antonio navigated the nation’s escalating drug war. Community stakeholders, many of whom identified as recovering addicts, contested racially discriminatory narcotics policing, fought for federal funds to establish local rehabilitation programs, and reached out to neighborhood drug users through grassroots Latinx-led support groups. ToniAnn hopes that her time on the Board of Directors for the Urban History Association would be her first of many roles in service to the organization.

  • 28 Sep 2023 9:56 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    On behalf of the International Planning History Society (IPHS) you are invited to submit a paper or panel proposal for the forthcoming 20th Biennial Conference, to be held in mid-2024 in at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    General information about the 2024 Hong Kong event can be found at the website, and paper and panel proposals can be submitted at The deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2024.

    Should you have any questions about the 20th IPHS Biennial Conference then please contact the Conference Convenors at

    The IPHS looks forward to receiving a paper or panel proposal from you in the near future, and then welcoming you in the summer of 2024 to the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong!


    Ian Morley and Hendrik Tieben (IPHS 2024 Conference Conveners).

  • 27 Sep 2023 4:42 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Vernacular Architecture Forum invites paper and poster proposals for its 45th Annual Conference, June 12 to June 15, 2024 in Keweenaw, Michigan. 

    Papers may address topics relating to vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide and how people use these sites. This includes research projects that continue the VAF’s commitment to material evidence in support of humanistic argumentation. We welcome twenty-minute presentations focusing on issues including, but not limited to, migration, displacement, de/colonialism, segregation, resistance, gender, sexuality, identity, heritage, equity, and justice in the everyday built environment. We also encourage papers that explore new methodologies for researching vernacular architecture and new pedagogies for involving students in the analysis of everyday buildings and cultural landscapes. Research topics that engage with the cultural landscapes of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Upper Midwest, including associated themes of mining, industrial labor, indigeneity, territoriality, and post-industrial development, are also welcome. See HERE for the full CFP. 

    Deadline: November 15, 2023

  • 13 Sep 2023 3:40 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Department of Landscape Architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, welcomes highly qualified individuals to apply for an Assistant or Associate Professor position to offer graduate-level instruction in the area of the history and theory of landscape architecture. Scholars whose research and teaching addresses the topics of landscape and the environment though urban histories and ecologies; the histories of race, ethnicity, and colonialism as they relate to the landscape; the history of the natural sciences; emergent histories of plant humanities; circular ecologies and discard studies; the histories of gender, labor, and the environment; and/or the complexities of cultural landscapes are particularly welcome to apply.

    Apply here.

  • 05 Sep 2023 10:24 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    See the LA History & Metro Studies Group's 2023-2024 schedule of events HERE

    The LA History & Metro Studies Group fosters the study and understanding of southern California history and the history of metropolitan areas more broadly. Through seminars on scholarly works-in-progress, book lectures, and panel discussions on contemporary issues facing southern California and American cities, our goal is to promote urban history scholarship as a means of enriching the field and informing policy-making toward a more just, equitable future for our urban regions.

  • 31 Jul 2023 7:43 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Deadline: October 31, 2023

    We invite chapter proposals for a forthcoming scholarly book on suburban studies. This interdisciplinary book aims to explore the complex, diverse, and dynamic nature of suburbs, their histories, and their futures. The book will seek to engage with a wide range of topics and themes related to sub/urban spaces, cultures, politics, and environments.

    We welcome proposals from scholars across various disciplines, including but not limited to literature, sociology, history, anthropology, urban studies, geography, geoinformatics, urban planning, environmental studies, and cultural studies. We are interested in contributions that critically examine suburbs as spaces of social, economic, and political inequality and exclusion, as well as spaces of creativity, innovation, and resistance. We encourage authors to engage with debates and discussions around issues such as suburbanization, gentrification, racial and ethnic segregation, environmental sustainability, and suburban history, cultures, and identities.

    See HERE for full detail and submission instructions. 

  • 31 Jul 2023 7:41 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Deadline: October 30, 2023

    We invite scholars and researchers from various disciplines to submit papers for an upcoming interdisciplinary conference on Suburban Studies that takes place on May 13-14, 2024 at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. The conference aims to explore the intersection between various scholarly fields and the suburban experience, and how literature and other media have portrayed, shaped, and reflected suburban life and its evolution.

    Suburbanization has been a dominant trend in global urban development in the past century, with urban spaces and suburbs becoming the residence of choice for millions of people around the world. This transformation has had a profound impact on the social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics of urban areas. Literature, history, sociology, psychology, geography, geoinformatics and other disciplines have provided the methodology and research that has been important for the examination, critique, and celebration of the modern suburban experience, from its inception in the early 20th century to the present day.

    See HERE for full detail and submission instructions. 

  • 29 Jun 2023 10:05 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    In 2021, the Living New Deal established the New Deal Book Award to recognize and encourage nonfiction works about the New Deal era, 1933-1942, the remarkable decade between the nadir of the Great Depression and U.S.’s entry into World War II. 

    See HERE for full detail. 

    Deadline: November 15, 2023

  • 29 Jun 2023 3:32 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University is funding five grants of up to $5000 this year related to the theme of "Cities in Historical Perspective." 

    The Center will fund up to 5 projects that creatively engage with the broad range of questions, concerns, policies and practices raised by the study of the role of cities in history, and how historical study can further public understanding of the present moment.

    This theme could encompass any number of historical topics, connecting subject matter or data points across time and space. Examples might include the effects of urbanization on notions of community in a given country, or the effects of urbanization on ecology in a given region; cities as warzones across the Cold War; the impact of immigration; political culture; caste, class, race, and gender in the history of a city or compared notions in different cities. This is by no means an exhaustive list, merely examples about the flexibility inherent in the theme. What is most important is historical focus and methodology.

    Each grantee will receive up to $5,000 depending on scope, size and need.

    The Lepage Center sponsors an annual public grant program that supports individuals and institutions pursuing historical projects in the public interest. The Center seeks to inspire a wide range of submissions from a diverse pool of applicants that are original and imaginative in content and form. Examples of the types of projects include a series of blog posts, a series of podcast conversations, digital and in-person exhibits, an oral history project, an initiative with a local newspaper to write a series of op-eds, a mapping project, a digital timeline, a crowd-sourced syllabus, an educational workshop, a multimedia resource, a collaboration with local activists, and other creative ideas.

    Applications are due to the Lepage Center by 11:59 p.m. EST on September 25, 2023. Applications should be emailed as a single attachment (PDF) to and should not exceed 15 pages.

    Applications must include:

    A title

    A project abstract (250 words)

    A project description, purpose, and its contribution to history in the public interest (1-2 pages)

    A plan of execution, including deliverables, partners, and expected outcomes (1-2 pages)

    A proposed budget (1 page)

    Resumes of principal participants (the total of resumes not to exceed 10 pages)

    Further details here:

  • 14 Jun 2023 5:50 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Arline Custer Memorial Award, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference

    DEADLINE:  July 31, 2023

    The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee.  This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.


    The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Works under consideration include, but are not limited to: monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

    Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.


    Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

    Compiled works or works with multiple authors—such as edited volumes, co-authored works, or journals—will be reviewed in their entirety. Portions of a multiple-author work that do not meet award requirements may impact the submission’s final scoring.

    Preference will be given to works by archivists.


    Up to three awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2023 award(s) may be announced at a fall 2023 MARAC business meeting or shared with MARAC members via another means.

    Electronic Submission Instructions

    Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send a PDF of the entirety of the work along with a PDF of a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

    Tyler Stump


    Pennsylvania State Archives


    Physical Submission Instructions

    Please send two physical copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. Please email the Sr. Co-Chair to request the mailing address.


    Entries must be received by July 31, 2023


    For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site:

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