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  • 01 Jul 2024 8:55 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    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, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Deadline: July 31, 2024. 

    Full submission details HERE

  • 28 Mar 2024 10:13 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The editors of Rochester History, a peer reviewed journal published both in print and online, invite contributions to a forum reflecting on the significance of Blake McKelvey (1903-2000) as an innovative city historian, scholar of urban history, and public history practitioner. The special issue will be published to coincide with the 80th anniversary of McKelvey’s first major book, Rochester: The Water-Power City, 1812-1854 (Harvard University Press), which was the first of four volumes in his magisterial history of Rochester’s rise from frontier settlement to technological powerhouse. Through his research, writing, and editorial work, McKelvey helped define the field of urban history in the United States as well as the role of city historian in Cold War America.

    In this forum, we invite critical reappraisals of McKelvey’s work and reflections on his influence on the field of urban history, the practice of public history, and the role of city historians in addressing the various needs of multiple audiences. We also welcome papers addressing new work in areas McKelvey examined throughout his career, from the Erie Canal and Rochester’s economic rise to urban immigration, reform, and politics.

    Proposals of roughly 250 words must be submitted by May 15th. Final submissions from accepted essays will  be due September 1, 2024. Final submissions will be approximately 2,500 words.

    Please submit proposals to:

  • 01 Feb 2024 1:07 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) invites applications for a full-time, three-year postdoctoral fellow in Environmental History as part of the project “Melting Metropolis: everyday histories of health and heat in London, New York, and Paris since 1945.” The position is hosted by the Department of History at Queens College CUNY and supervised by Dr Kara Schlichting. See HERE for full detail. Application review begins March 18, 2024. 

  • 13 Dec 2023 3:07 PM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    Position Available: Graduate Research Assistant in Urban Planning and Policy

    Join a dynamic research team focused on analyzing zoning documents to understand barriers to urban development. This collaborative project, spearheaded by Professors Arpit Gupta (New York University) and Alex Bartik (University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign), offers a unique opportunity to delve into historical and contemporary urban planning practices. Learn more about our ongoing work here

    The ideal candidate will research the presence of historical zoning documents for a large sample of US municipalities. This may entail research online, contacting municipalities, and archival research. Students are also expected to collaborate with our team of legal scholars and computer scientists to help analyze and interpret text and data on zoning codes.

    We are looking for students currently enrolled in a graduate program in history, urban planning, or a related field, and who are prepared to dedicate around 10 hours a week towards the project. Interested candidates are invited to submit a brief statement outlining their interest and qualifications for this role. Please send your application to with the subject line "Graduate Research Assistant Application: UHA". Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The position will be compensated at a rate commensurate with experience.

  • 04 Dec 2023 11:10 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2024-2025 Northwestern University Transportation Library Travel Grant.

    The Northwestern University Transportation Library holds one of the largest transportation research collections in the world, covering all modes of transportation including aviation, rail, highway, public transit, and pedestrian and bicycle transportation. In addition to our technical collections that support research on current transportation issues, the library maintains special and archival collections such as timetables, passenger ephemera, and rare books and journals. It also holds a substantial collection of mid-19th to early 21st century transportation annual reports, and one of the most complete U.S. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) collections in existence.

    This research grant was established in 2021 to facilitate and support research projects that significantly benefit from substantial onsite use of the Transportation Library’s unique technical, special, and archival collections.


    • Each year we will award one or more grants, up to a total of $3,000
    • Grants will be awarded to reimburse expenses for transportation, accommodations, and meals for one or more on-site visits to Northwestern University Libraries.


    • Open to academic and independent researchers. We encourage applications by those working in traditional academic practice as well as those whose research is interdisciplinary, or oriented towards creative arts and practices.
    • There are no restrictions as to the applicant’s nationality or academic status.
    • Research may be in any field supported by the collections of the Transportation Library.
    • At the discretion of the selection committee and Northwestern University Libraries, the grant may be awarded to an individual applicant, a team, or divided among multiple applicants and/or teams. Further, if a suitable recipient is not identified among the applications received, we reserve the right to withhold the grant for that particular year.
    • Applicants who are not awarded the grant in a specific year may resubmit proposals in following years without prejudice.
    • An applicant may receive only one award for any one project as determined by the selection committee and Northwestern Libraries.
    • Researchers affiliated with Northwestern University will not be considered for this travel grant.

    How to apply

    To apply, please submit the following:

    1. A project proposal (1,200 words max) that:

    a.    Describes the proposed research

    b.     Explains the significance of the collection materials to the project

    c.      Proposes specific outcomes (e.g., dissertation, article, book, creative or artistic work) that will result from this research

    1. A curriculum vitae
    2. A detailed budget indicating the total amount requested with itemized list of projected expenses for transportation, accommodations and meals. For meals and incidentals, applicants should use the U.S. General Services Administration Per Diem Rates for Meals & Incidentals (M&IE) for Chicago. Applicants should indicate any other sources of funding that will be applied to the project, if applicable. For additional information on planning a budget, see allowable expenses and Out-of-Town Visitor Resources.
    3. Applicants should arrange for one (1) letter of recommendation from someone qualified to judge the quality, feasibility, and significance of the proposal and the qualifications of the applicant to successfully complete the project to be sent in support of their proposed project. Those writing recommendations should submit their letters directly to

    Applicants should submit the research description, curriculum vitae, and budget by e-mail attachment (PDF format) to

    Please note: The selection committee is unable to provide feedback with regard to unsuccessful applications.


    • All grant awardees will be required to submit receipts for expenses incurred and will be reimbursed, in accordance with Northwestern University policies. For meals and incidentals, we require that recipients use the U.S. General Services Administration Per Diem Rates for Meals &Incidentals (M&IE) instead of itemized receipts. Reimbursement requests must be made within 30 days of last day of visit.
    • Grant awardees must conduct their research visit within the academic year following the grant being awarded (between September 1st and August 1st).
    • Upon completion of the research, grant awardees will be required to submit a brief report [1-2 pages] summarizing the use of the collection(s) and how the visit benefited their research to



    Deadline: April 1, 2024

  • 04 Dec 2023 9:24 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    The National Archives Foundation is now accepting applications for the Cokie Roberts Fellowship for Research in Women’s History.

    This fellowship will award up to $12,500 to support emerging and established historians, journalists, authors, or graduate students who perform and publish new research for the general public to elevate women’s history using the records held by the National Archives.

    For more information, click HERE

    Deadline: May 15, 2024. 

  • 04 Dec 2023 9:13 AM | Daniela Sheinin (Administrator)

    In the first issue of Rust Belt Studies, we invite you to co-create and co-define the field. Help us to tell our stories and imagine solutions from within our region.

    This issue asks contributors to:

    • Define and complicate the region
    • Identify the key questions and concerns shaping the field of Rust Belt Studies
    • Use humanities methods to unpack and describe regional experience

    For full submission details, click HERE

    Deadline: June 1, 2024. 

  • 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

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